According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, a gunman opened fire at a Texas elementary school on Tuesday, killing at least 19 students and two instructors.
Gov. Greg Abbott announced at a press conference that a man suspected of carrying a handgun and a rifle was shot and killed by law officials at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, some 83 miles west of San Antonio.
“It is believed that he abandoned his vehicle, then entered into the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde with a handgun, and he may have also had a rifle,” Abbott said.
“He shot and killed, horrifically and incomprehensibly, 14 students and killed a teacher,” the governor said before additional deaths were confirmed.
In addition to the accused gunman, the Texas Department of Public Safety eventually reported that 19 students and two teachers had been slain.
It was not known how many survivors were being treated at local hospitals, although it was assumed to be a large number.
It was yet another mass shooting at a school in the United States, this time targeting students and teachers.
Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado in 1999; Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in 2018; and Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, later this year all bear a striking resemblance in terms of the number of students killed.
The attack on Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14, 2012, by a 20-year-old man that killed 20 children and six adults, may have particular resonance for individuals who were traumatized by it.
Authorities believe the suspect acted alone when he shot the grandma.
After shooting his grandmother, Lt. Chris Olivarez from the Texas Department of Public Safety stated the suspect drove to the school.
Olivarez, speaking during a press conference held at the scene, said the shooter entered the school after apparently crashing nearby.
The lieutenant described how the suspect “started shooting at everyone in front of him.”
The gunman, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety, had on body armor and was armed with a rifle.
In a statement, police indicated that a mass casualty incident occurred just after 11:30am today.
Salvador Rolando Ramos, 18, has been named as the prime suspect in the shooting, according to various high-ranking law enforcement officials.
At a press conference, Pete Arredondo, the head of police for the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District, said, “The investigation is leading us to believe that the perpetrator acted alone during this horrible murder.
Uvalde-area gun store owner Roland Gutierrez said that on his 18th birthday the shooter purchased two semiautomatic guns. At the time of the attack, it was unclear if either of those weapons had been deployed.
FBI and Customs and Border Patrol agents are helping local law enforcement investigate the suspect’s motives and background, police said.. An additional agency was called in to assist: the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).
Relatives of the victims are still waiting for answers.
Families of those who died are being informed, according to the governor.
The families of at least six of the victims had publicly recognized them.
Kids Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez, 10, Uziyah Garcia, 10, Xavier Lopez, 10, and Amerie Jo Garza, 9, whose relatives confirmed their deaths to media outlets, were among the 19 students slain.
Also named by family members were fourth-grade teachers Eva Mireles and Irma Garcia, both of whom worked at the school for more than two decades.
The fact that these shootings keep happening infuriates me.” Innocent children are these ones. Lydia Martinez Delgado, Mireles’ aunt, told KSAT-TV of San Antonio, “Rifles should not be widely accessible to anyone.”
Many parents were looking for their missing children in the midst of the commotion. Maria Garcia, the mother of a missing 10-year-old girl, was spotted near the school early in the day inquiring a police officer about her daughter’s whereabouts.
As she sought to acquire answers to a series of inquiries, her voice trembled, raising the possibility that her daughter was hiding in the neighboring fields.
Rosa and Roland Arizmendia claimed their daughter was safe because they had picked her up early from school following an awards ceremony. But they didn’t know where their niece was, either.
“Hello, mija” was the first thing Roland Arizmendia had said to her when they picked up their daughter. Although she had been missing since the shooting, her entire family had been hunting for her since then.
Rosa Arizmendia compared it to a horror film. If it’s not our kid, someone we know. We know who they are.”
Outside the SSGT Willie De Leon Civic Center, friends and family sat on concrete blocks to pay their respects to the deceased.
Some sobbed while others walked away as a man exited the and center and relayed his news with the crowd. Screams could be heard coming from the car of one woman.
Biden’s frustration is evident as he addresses the nation.
On Tuesday night, President Joe Biden delivered a speech to the nation from the White House in which he appeared bemused and frustrated.
After yet another school tragedy claimed the lives of “beautiful, innocent second, third, and fourth graders,” he wondered when the United States as a whole would embrace curbs on heavy weapons and buyers with bad intent.
“I know firsthand the anguish of parents in Uvalde who have lost children who will never be able to see them again,” the president said of the families who have lost their young daughters, Naomi, in a vehicle accident, and their adult son, Beau, to a brain tumor. God bless the innocent lives that were lost on this tragic day,” he added.
Biden issued an executive order on Tuesday evening ordering all government buildings and military installations to lower their flags to half-staff until Saturday.
Hospitals are overflowing with victims, including police officers, who have been shot.
CEO Tom Nordwick stated Tuesday night that Uvalde Memorial Hospital had received 14 patients, 11 of whom were characterized as children between the ages of 8 and 10.
Four of the patients have been discharged. The bodies of two people, one male and one female, who have yet to be identified, were discovered by Nordwick when they arrived at the scene.
The Brooke Army Medical Center at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston is treating two critically ill adults.
There were four patients being treated by University Health, a San Antonio-based hospital. A 10-year-old girl was listed in critical condition along with an elderly lady who was 66 years old. The other two patients were described as fair or good health.