Salvador Ramos, 18, shot his grandmother before going to Robb Elementary School in Uvalde; engaging border patrol agents nearby in a shootout; and then barricading himself inside the school, killing 14 students and a teacher
Fourteen children and a teacher have been killed at a Texas elementary school by an 18-year-old gunman who was then shot dead by police.
Governor Greg Abbott named 18-year-old Salvador Roma, a student at Uvalde High School, as the gunman who opened fire at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon.
The name was later clarified to Salvador Ramos.
His student victims were aged between seven and 11, CNN’s Ed Lavandera reported.
‘He shot and killed – horrifically and incomprehensibly – 14 students and killed a teacher,’ Abbott said at a press briefing.
‘There are families that are in mourning right now. And the state of Texas is in mourning with them.’
Ramos’s social media was full of photos of guns. He messaged a stranger on Instagram, tagging her in a photo of the guns.
‘I got lil secret. I wanna tell you,’ one message said.
‘Be grateful I tagged you,’ he wrote.
She replied: ‘No it’s just scary…’
Ramos, equipped with a handgun and possibly a rifle, allegedly shot his grandmother, whose condition is not yet known, before entering the school and opening fire, Abbott said.
Photos show a pickup truck that crashed outside the school, which, according to Abbott, Ramos abandoned before entering the school.
Additionally, thirteen children are being treated at the Uvalde Memorial emergency room as well as a 45-year-old man who suffered a ‘graze.’
University Health San Antonio also confirmed they received a child whose condition is currently unknown and a 66-year-old woman who is critical condition.
Joe Biden, who is flying home from Japan, will address the nation from the Roosevelt Room of the White House at 8:15pm tonight. The flags above the White House are flying at half staff.
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One video at the scene appears to show the suspected gunman, named by Governor Greg Abbott as Salvador Ramos, approach the school while what sounds like gunfire is going off in the background
Greg Abbott, the governor of Texas, is seen on Tuesday addressing the mass shooting at the school in Uvalde
A woman cries while speaking on the phone outside the Ssgt Willie de Leon Civic Center, where students had been transported from Robb Elementary School to be picked up following the shooting
A board with the list of classes and teachers is displayed outside the Ssgt Willie de Leon Civic Center
FBI agents arrive at Robb Elementary School following Tuesday’s shooting
State police arrive at the scene of the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde on Tuesday
New video from the chaotic scene shows police arriving to the scene with their guns in hand
Footage shot outside the school shows law enforcement approaching the elementary school with weapons
Robb elementary school, which has 600 students enrolled, is located in Uvalde – 60 miles east of the Mexican border and 80 miles west of San Antonio
The 18-year-old engaged in a firefight with border patrol and then ran into the school and barricaded himself, police said.
Police initially reported he was arrested, before confirming he died.
Concerned parents were captured at the scene desperately searching for their children and video from the chaotic scene showed police arriving to the school campus with their guns in hand.
One widely shared video appears to show the suspected gunman approach the school while what sounds like gunfire is going off in the background.
‘There is an active shooter at Robb Elementary. Law enforcement is on site,’ The Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District said.
‘Your cooperation is needed at this time by not visiting the campus. As soon as more information is gathered it will be shared.’
Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin told Fox News that shots were fired off site, and that after shooting one person, the gunman ran to the school where he barricaded himself inside.
Robb elementary school, which has 600 students enrolled, is located in the city of Uvalde, 60 miles east of the Mexican border and 80 miles west of San Antonio.
The district said that the city’s civic center will be used as a reunification center and that parents will be able to pick up their children there once everyone is accounted for.
Law enforcement crowds the entrance of Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, where a gunman shot and killed 14 students and a teacher
Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin told Fox News that shots were fired offsite and that after shooting one person the gunman ran to the school where he remained barricaded. He was then shot and killed by law enforcement
A gunman was on the run at Robb Elementary School (pictured) in Uvalde as the campus and all other schools in the district went into lockdown
The Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District said: ‘There is an active shooter at Robb Elementary. Law enforcement is on site’