According to statements made by Governor Greg Abbott on Tuesday, a lone shooter entered a Texas elementary school and fatally shot 15 people, including 14 children. This is the bloodiest shooting at a school that has ever occurred in the state.
Abbott said that the gunman, who was 18 years old and came into the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde and began fire at around noon Central Time. Abbott said that the gunman was armed with a pistol and maybe a rifle. He was likely killed by responding police officers, USA Today reports.
“He shot and killed, horrifically, incomprehensibly, 14 students, and killed a teacher,” Abbott said Tuesday afternoon. “He himself is deceased. It is believed that responding officers killed him.”
The reason for the shooting has not been made public by the authorities, although they have said that the perpetrator was a local person. Salvador Ramos was named by Abbott as the one who pulled the trigger.
Roughly 85 miles to the west of San Antonio is where you’ll find the city of Uvalde, home to about 16,000 inhabitants. Four years before to the massacre, a shooter killed ten people at Santa Fe High School in the Houston region by shooting them several times.
It is the worst shooting at a U.S. elementary school since the terrible incident in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, which took place over a decade ago.
Throughout the day, worried parents were meeting up with their children who had managed to escape the massacre. It was unclear right first how many victims, in addition to those who had been killed, had been wounded as a result of the shooting.
On Tuesday afternoon, a number of different law enforcement agencies, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, were present at the scene.
“We are aware of this tragic incident,” FBI Special Agent Carmen Portillo said in a statement. “At this time, it’s too soon to determine the extent of our involvement.”
President Biden has been briefed “on the horrific news of the elementary school shooting in Texas,” White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre wrote on Twitter.
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