At the least 18 youngsters and one trainer had been killed when a gunman opened fireplace at an elementary faculty in Texas, authorities mentioned Tuesday. Authorities mentioned the shooter was killed on the scene by regulation enforcement officers.
Authorities mentioned theentered Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas, at roughly 11:32 a.m. native time, after capturing his grandmother and crashing his car close to the varsity. An official from the Texas Division of Public Security mentioned that upon coming into the varsity, the shooter fired at “youngsters, academics, whoever was in his means.”
“He was capturing everyone,” the official mentioned.
The suspect, who was carrying physique armor, exchanged fireplace with regulation enforcement officers and a number of officers had been shot, the official mentioned. The suspect was ultimately fatally shot on the scene.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott mentioned the shooter was an 18-year-old male who resided in Uvalde, which is about an hour and a half west of San Antonio. He mentioned the suspect, who he named as Salvador Ramos, deserted his car, then entered the varsity with a handgun and presumably a rifle and “horrifically, incomprehensibly” opened fireplace.
Two regulation enforcement sources informed CBS Information that the suspect had a handgun, an AR-15 assault weapon and excessive capability magazines.
The college teaches 2nd, third and 4th grade college students, based on Uvalde CISD Police Chief Pedro Arredondo.
Arredondo confirmed the suspect is lifeless and mentioned investigators consider he acted alone.
President Biden condemned the capturing in an deal with Tuesday night time.
“I had hoped after I grew to become president I’d not have to do that — once more,” the president mentioned. “One other bloodbath. Uvalde, Texas. An elementary faculty. Lovely, harmless second, third and fourth graders. And what number of scores of little youngsters who witnessed what occurred — see their pals die, as in the event that they’re in a battlefield, for God’s sake. They’re going to reside with it the remainder of their lives.”
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 steady situation.
The Uvalde Memorial Hospital beforehand mentioned it obtained 13 youngsters from ambulance and buses for therapy, and that two individuals who arrived on the hospital had been deceased. A second hospital mentioned it’s caring for a 66-year-old girl and a 10-year-old lady, each in vital situation, a 10-year-old lady in good situation, and a 9-year-old lady in truthful situation. One other hospital mentioned it was caring for 2 adults, additionally each in vital situation.
South Texas Blood and Tissue said it sent 15 models of blood to Uvalde on Tuesday.
At roughly 2:00 p.m. native time, the district mentioned mother and father had been cleared to choose up their youngsters on the native civic middle.
Pat Milton contributed reporting.