Uvalde Texas school shooting: 19 Robb Elementary students, 2 adults killed by shooter Salvador Ramos, authorities say

UVALDE, Texas – At least 19 children and two teachers were killed after a shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety, an incident President Joe Biden called “carnage” in a call to legislators to “act”.

The tragedy in Uvalde, about 90 minutes west of San Antonio, comes just days after another deadly mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, and amid a rapid rise in active shooter incidents across the country.

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“When parents drop off their children at school, they have every expectation of knowing that they will be able to pick up their children when the school day is over. And there are families that are grieving right now,” the Texas governor said. .Greg Abbott.

“The state of Texas mourns with them the reality that these parents will not be able to pick up their children.”

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The students killed were mainly third and fourth graders, according to police sources. Among them was Amerie jo Garza, who just celebrated her 10th birthday two weeks ago, according to her father, Angel.

“My little love now soars high with the angels above,” she wrote in a statement to ABC News. “Please don’t take a second for granted. Hug your family. Tell them you love them. I love you, Amerie jo.”

The 18-year-old suspect, Salvador Ramos, a student at Uvalde High School, is also dead, Abbott said, adding that Ramos “shot and killed in a horrific and incomprehensible manner.”

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Sources said the gunman first shot his grandmother at a separate scene. Authorities initially said the grandmother was killed, but later said she was in critical condition.

He then crashed his car outside the school and got out with an AR-15-style rifle, according to multiple law enforcement sources.

Sources say he legally purchased two AR-style rifles on May 22, just two days before the shooting and six days after his 18th birthday. Authorities have recovered the weapons, the bulletproof vest the suspect was wearing and numerous magazines and are analyzing the evidence, the sources said.

The suspect was immediately attacked outside the building as he approached the school by a Uvalde Independent School District police officer, who was shot by the suspect, sources said.

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After that, the suspect entered the school and allegedly opened fire, killing 19 students, mostly third and fourth graders, as well as a teacher, the sources said. Police believe he was in the building for approximately 40 minutes to an hour after that first encounter with a resource officer outside of the school.

He exchanged gunfire with a Uvalde ISD officer and Border Patrol Tactical Unit agents, some of whom have children attending the school, according to the sources. Border Patrol agents responded to a request for assistance from law enforcement.

Investigators are reviewing ballistics to determine who fired the shot that killed the suspect.

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A fourth-grade student who was inside the school at the time described the horror of the shooting in an interview with ABC News. He said the students heard banging on a window and then the teacher saw the shooter.

“She said, ‘Oh my God, there’s a there’s a gun.’ And then she said it was like a big one like that, a big gun, she said her, hurry up and get on the floor, ”recounted the student. “We just heard all kinds of gunshots, non-stop, like constant gunshots. And then we’re all here scared. What, on the ground fearing for our lives.”

Multiple social media users interviewed by ABC News said the accused shooter allegedly sent videos and photos of weapons to other users on various social media platforms. Police have been tipped off and are reviewing screenshots of alleged messages from the suspect to an Instagram user, who posted them publicly on his account after the shooting.

Abbott also said the shooter made three “social media posts” about 30 minutes before the Robb Elementary School attack, but a Meta spokesperson said “the messages Governor Abbott described were one-on-one private text messages.” that were discovered after the terrible attack. the tragedy happened”.

According to the governor, Ramos wrote that he was going to shoot his grandmother, then that he had shot the woman, and finally that he was going to shoot an elementary school.

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Two responding police officers were among those injured, Abbott said. They are expected to survive, he said. One of the Border Patrol agents was injured while trying to protect the students and is in the hospital recovering, Del Rio Sector Chief Jason D. Owens told ABC News.

Three adults and three children injured in the Texas elementary school shooting remain hospitalized Wednesday.

Uvalde Memorial Hospital initially received 13 children as patients. Two of them died and three were flown to San Antonio for treatment, the hospital said. The conditions of the others were not immediately clear. A 45-year-old man was also hospitalized after being grazed by a bullet, the hospital said.

University Health in San Antonio said it had four patients from the shooting incident: three students and an adult woman. A 66-year-old woman and a 10-year-old girl were in critical condition.

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Two adult victims of the shooting, both in critical condition, are also being treated at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, according to a army’s officer.

Several of the shooting victims are children of Customs and Border Patrol agents, law enforcement sources told ABC News.

Previously, the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District had said a shooter was located at Robb Elementary School and asked people to stay away from the area.

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“There is an active shooter at Robb Elementary,” the school district said on Twitter. “Police are on site. Your cooperation is needed at this time by not visiting the campus. As soon as more information is gathered it will be shared.”

The shooting happened shortly after 11:30 a.m. local time, police said.

The school, which has second, third and fourth graders, informed parents shortly after 2 pm the students had been transported to the Sgt. Willie Deleon Civic Center, the reunification site, and could be picked up.

Father Ryan Ramirez told ABC affiliate KSAT in San Antonio that he had gone to the civic center and elementary school trying to find his fourth-grade daughter after the shooting.

“[I’m] just confused and worried. I’m trying to find out where my baby is,” she told the station.

The Houston Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Also he said is assisting in the investigation.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas was briefed on the situation and the agency “is actively coordinating with federal, state and local partners,” a spokesman said. Customs and Border Protection officials in the area also responded to the scene.

The National Counterterrorism Operations Center believes there is “no known nexus to terrorism” at this time, according to a police bulletin obtained by ABC News.

Since 2013, a year after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, mass shootings in the United States, described as shooting incidents in which at least four people are injured or killed, have nearly tripled. There have already been 213 mass shooting incidents in 2022, a 50% increase from the 141 shootings in May 2017 and a 150% increase from the 84 in May 2013. The graph above shows the number of shootings by state. Mobile users: Click here to see our map of mass shootings in the US from Sandy Hook.

The number of people injured or killed does not include the suspect or the perpetrator. These graphs show the number of victims in all mass shootings since 20 children and six adults were shot to death at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut on December 14, 2012.

Pierre Thomas, Luke Barr, Jack Date, Nicholas Kerr and Mireya Villarreal of ABC News contributed to this report.

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