Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced on Tuesday that 18 students and three adults were killed in a shooting at an elementary school in Yuvalde, Texas.
A lone gunman was believed to have opened fire just before noon at Robb Elementary School, and the school was immediately closed.
Abbott confirmed that the shooter he named Salvador Romas, 18, from Uvalde, was killed.
what we know so far
Abbott said there were unconfirmed reports of Romans driving to an elementary school and killing her grandmother before she abandoned the car.
Then he went to school with a pistol and a rifle, the Texas governor said.
“He shot and killed 14 students and teachers horribly and incomprehensible,” Abbott said at a news briefing.
According to initial reports by the police, the suspect has been detained.
However, Abbott said the officers who responded appeared to have shot and killed the shooter. The two appear to have sustained non-life-threatening injuries, Abbott said.
The death toll rose throughout the day, rising from 14 students to 18 on Tuesday evening.
There is a shooter at Robb Elementary School. Law enforcement is on site. At this time, we need the cooperation of those who do not visit the campus. We will share more information as we gather it.
The rest of the area is secure.
— Uvalde CISD (@Uvalde_CISD) May 24, 2022
Schools announce closures and warn the public to stay away.
Robb Elementary School alerted parents to the presence of a shooter at the school at 11:43 a.m. on Tuesday.
School official Anne Marie Espinoza said in a post on the school’s Facebook page, “It is to be noted that Robb Elementary School is currently closed due to local gunshot wounds.”
“Students and staff are safe in the building. Buildings are secure when locked. We need your cooperation at this point when we are not visiting the campus.”
Law enforcement agencies quickly raided the area, including local, state and federal agencies. Residents were urged to stay away from the area.
The Uvalde Police Department said on Facebook shortly after 1 p.m. that “the shooter had been detained by the police.” Other details about the shooter were not immediately released.
Ms Espinoza provided an update around 1:15 PM that the school was still closed due to “local shooting”.
The police bus used in the ‘mass casualty’ incident arrived at the Uvalde Memorial Hospital, leaving two children dead and 11 others being treated for injuries, including one adult, after the shooting.
At least one adult was also taken to hospital after the shooting. The two injured were taken to a nearby trauma center for treatment.
The students were later transferred to the Willie DeLeon Civic Center where they were identified and reunited with their parents.
The school district told parents, “You will be notified to pick up the students once they are all identified.”
Where is Uvalde?
Uvalde is a town of approximately 16,000 people located 130 kilometers (80 miles) west of San Antonio.
Google Maps posted a ‘shooting alert’ shortly after the shooting began.
The last day of the year for the District is Thursday.
School shootings on the rise
Statistics released by the FBI on Monday show that the number of school shootings in 2021 has soared compared to the previous year.
There were a total of 61 shootings in the past year alone, which is more than 50% more than in 2020. The FBI in a new report.
White House shooting briefing
The White House said President Joe Biden was briefed about the shooting on his way home from a tour of Asia.
Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has received the latest news about the Uvalde shooting.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said the U.S. Customs and Border Protection had responded and supported the site.
“DHS is actively working with federal, state and local partners and will continue to provide the full support of the Department,” DHS tweeted.
Senator Ted Cruz said he was in close contact with local officials.
“We are in close contact with local officials, but the exact details have not been revealed,” he said.
“Thanks to the heroic law enforcement and first responders who acted so quickly.”
Biden calls for reform after genocide
“It’s time to turn this pain into action,” said President Biden after the massacre that left at least 21 people dead at a Texas elementary school on Tuesday night.
“Why do we want to live with this carnage?” He said in a hoarse voice that he was visibly emotional. “Where there is our backbone in the name of God, having the courage to deal with this problem and face the crisis [gun] lobby?”