Not less than 14 college students and one trainer have been killed when a gunman opened fireplace at an elementary faculty in Texas, Governor Greg Abbott mentioned Tuesday. Abbott mentioned the shooter can be lifeless, and is believed to have been killed by responding legislation enforcement officers.
Abbott’s feedback got here after the district reported anat Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas, which is roughly an hour and a half west of San Antonio. The varsity teaches 2nd, third and 4th grade college students, in accordance with Uvalde CISD Police Chief Pedro Arredondo.
Abbott mentioned the shooter was an 18-year-old male who resided in Uvalde. He mentioned it is believed the suspect, who he named as Salvador Ramos, deserted his automobile, then entered the varsity with a handgun and probably a rifle.
“He shot and killed — horrifically, incomprehensibly — 14 college students and killed a trainer,” Abbott mentioned.
Two legislation enforcement sources instructed CBS Information that the suspect had a handgun, an AR-15 assault weapon and excessive capability magazines.
Arredondo mentioned the capturing happened at roughly 11:32 a.m. native time. He didn’t present many particulars about what transpired, however confirmed the suspect is lifeless and mentioned investigators consider he acted alone. He additionally confirmed there have been a number of accidents and “some deaths,” however didn’t present particular numbers.
CBS Information has realized that a number of Customs and Border Safety brokers responded to the capturing, and that one agent was shot within the head. That agent has been hospitalized and is in secure situation.
A number of legislation enforcement sources instructed CBS Information the alleged shooter is suspected of killing his grandmother earlier than opening fireplace on the faculty.
The Uvalde Memorial Hospital beforehand mentioned it obtained 13 youngsters from ambulance and buses for remedy, and that two individuals who arrived on the hospital have been deceased. A second hospital mentioned it’s caring for a 66-year-old girl and a 10-year-old woman, each in vital situation. One other hospital mentioned it was caring for 2 adults, each additionally in vital situation.
South Texas Blood and Tissue said it sent 15 models of blood to Uvalde on Tuesday.
Although the main points of the capturing have been nonetheless rising, the district mentioned that there had been an “lively shooter” at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas.
The Uvalde Consolidated Impartial College District — positioned about an hour and a half west of San Antonio — tweeted at 1:17 p.m. that there was “an lively shooter at Robb Elementary,” including, “Regulation enforcement is on web site. Your cooperation is required presently by not visiting the campus. As quickly as extra info is gathered it is going to be shared.”
At roughly 2:00 p.m. native time, the district mentioned mother and father have been cleared to select up their youngsters on the native civic middle.
Pat Milton contributed reporting.