Robb Elementary serves students in the second, third, and fourth grades in Uvalde, which is about 85 miles west of San Antonio. Gov. Greg Abbott said the shooter was likely killed by responding law enforcement. The shooting began at 11:32 a.m.
On Tuesday, a shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde County killed 19 children and two adults, making it the deadliest school shooting in Texas history.
“My heart is broken today,” Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Superintendent Hal Harrell said during a press conference Tuesday evening, holding back tears. “We’re a small town, and we’re going to need your prayers to get through this.”
Gov. Greg Abbott confirmed the shooter’s death. According to Pete Arredondo, chief of police for Uvalde CISD, the shooter acted alone.
“What happened in Uvalde is a horrific tragedy that the state of Texas cannot tolerate,” Abbott said.
According to White House officials, President Joe Biden has spoken with Abbott and offered his assistance. Biden also ordered that flags be flown at half-staff on all public property and at US embassies in memory of those killed.
“I ask the nation to pray for them tonight.” “Give the parents and siblings the strength they need right now,” Biden said at a press conference Tuesday evening.
Biden also revived his call for gun control reform.
On social media, one of the two adult victims, Eva Mireles, was identified as a schoolteacher by her aunt and a parent of a student. The other adult and the 19 children are still unknown. State Sen. Roland Gutierrez, D-San Antonio, told CNN that a third adult may have died, but authorities have not confirmed this.
Authorities and hospital officials have stated that others have been injured, but have not stated how many.
Salvador Ramos, an 18-year-old Uvalde resident, was identified as the shooter by Abbott. According to the governor, the man abandoned his vehicle and entered Robb Elementary with a handgun and possibly a rifle.