21 people are dead — 19 students, a teacher, and one other adult are dead — after a shooting Tuesday at an elementary school in Uvalde.
Initially, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, fourteen students, and a teacher are dead after a shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
Robb Elementary School is located about 85 miles west of San Antonio.
Abbott said that the 18-year-old suspect, a student at Uvalde High School, is also dead.
“He shot and killed horrifically and incomprehensibly 14 students and killed a teacher,” Abbott said during an unrelated press briefing.
Abbott said that the suspect also allegedly shot his grandmother before entering the school and again opening fire. He did not say anything further about her condition.
Abbott said the shooter — identified by law enforcement sources and the governor as Salvador Ramos, had a handgun and possibly a rifle.
“When parents drop their kids off at school, they have every expectation to know that they’re going to be able to pick their child up when that school day ends. And there are families who are in mourning right now,” Abbott said. “The state of Texas is in mourning with them for the reality that these parents are not going to be able to pick up their children.”
Two responding police officers were among those injured but are expected to survive, Abbott added.
On Tuesday morning, authorities say, Ramos shot his grandmother then crashed his car near Robb Elementary School in Uvalde. Police pursued him as he ran into the school wearing body armor and carrying a handgun and possibly a rifle, Texas officials said.
“As soon as he made entry into the school he started shooting children, teachers, whoever was in his way, he was shooting everybody,” Texas Department of Public Safety spokesperson Lt. Chris Olivarez said.
Texas State Sen. Gutierrez told CNN that Ramos, who only turned 18 days ago, purchased two assault rifles on his 18th birthday. It’s not clear if they were used in Tuesday’s massacre.
This story will continued to be updated.