By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews)
Sources: Texas Department of Public Safety and Texas Governor Greg Abbott (Information)
Uvalde, Texas: At least 21 people, including 19 children and 2 adults were killed at Robb Elementary School when a 18 year old gunman gained entry on campus.
The deadly shooting occurred 11:32 a.m. CT on Tuesday, May 24th, 2022.
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Several law enforcement agencies, including Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, San Antonio Police Department, FBI and Texas DPS, responded to the scene.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the 2 adult who were killed is a teacher and gunman’s grandmother, who he shot before heading to the school and again opening fire.
Reports that the deceased children are said to be 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders, approximately 7, 8 and 9 year old, and one of the victim was a fourth grade teacher identified as Eva Mireles,
There were also 4 people injured in the deadly shooting, this includes a 66 year old woman and three young girls between 9 and 10 years old, who were taken to University Hospital in San Antonio.
As of Tuesday evening, the 66 year old woman and a 10 year old child are in critical condition there.
According to Texas Governor Greg Abbott, there were 2 officers who were shot and wounded but were expected to survive.
The gunman was killed by a tactical agent responding to the scene after he exchanged gunfire with law enforcement.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the gunman was wearing body armor and was armed with a long rifle.
The gunman has been identified by law enforcement sources and the governor as Salvador Ramos.
Authorities are saying that while the investigation is ongoing, they are not looking for any other suspects.
According to Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Superintendent Hal Harrell the rest of the school year has been canceled, and all plans for graduation ceremonies and other activities have been put on hold.
San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg tweeted his condolences tweeting, “Uvalde is experiencing the sickening aftermath of a horrific mass shooting. At least 14 children and a teacher are gone. Pray for the lost, their families, and Uvalde. San Antonio has sent mass casualty resources to the region and will do all we can to help our neighbors heal.”
Texas Governor Greg Abbott released the following statement following news of the school shooting saying, “Texans across the state are grieving for the victims of this senseless crime and for the community of Uvalde. Cecilia and I mourn this horrific loss and we urge all Texans to come together to show our unwavering support to all who are suffering. We thank the courageous first responders who worked to finally secure Robb Elementary School. I have instructed the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Rangers to work with local law enforcement to fully investigate this crime. The Texas Division of Emergency Management is charged with providing local officials all resources necessary to respond to this tragedy as the State of Texas works to ensure the community has what it needs to heal.”
In an address to the nation, United States President Joe Biden said, “As a nation, we have to ask when in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby? When in God’s name do we do what we all know in our gut needs to be done?”
United States Vice President Kamala Harris said, “Enough is enough. As a nation we have to have the courage to take action and understand the nexus between what makes for reasonable and sensible public policy to make sure something like this never happens again.”
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