At least 19 children and 2 adults were killed at Rob Elementary School
At least 19 children and two adults were killed when a gunman opened fire at an elementary school in Texas, authorities said Tuesday. Authorities said the shooter was killed on the spot by police.
“The updated figures they gave me, at this point they told me about 19 students, two adults, and then we also had a shooter die,” said a sergeant in the Texas Department of Homeland Security. Eric Estrada told Don Lemon on CNN on Tuesday night.
Authorities said shooter at about 11:32 a.m. local time, he entered Robb Elementary School in Uwalde, Texas, after he shot his grandmother and crashed his car near the school. A Texas State Security official said that as he entered the school, the shooter shot at “children, teachers, whoever was in his way.”
“He shot everyone,” the official said.
Variety reported on CNN that as of Tuesday night, Grandma was in critical condition.
The suspect, who was wearing a body armor, exchanged fire with law enforcement officials, and several officers were shot dead, the official said. As a result, the suspect was shot at the scene.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said the shooter was an 18-year-old man who lived in Uwalde, about an hour and a half west of San Antonio. He said the suspect, whom he named Salvador Ramos, left his car, then entered the school with a gun and possibly a rifle and “horribly, incomprehensibly” opened fire.
Two law enforcement sources told CBS News that the suspect had a handgun, an AR-15 assault weapon and a large-capacity store.
Pupils of 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades study at the school, according to CISD police chief Uwalde Pedro Aredondo.
Arendonda confirmed the suspect was dead, and said investigators believe he acted alone.
President Biden condemned the shooting in an appeal Tuesday night.
“I hoped that when I became president, I would not have to do it again,” the president said. “Another massacre. Uwalde, Texas. Elementary school. Beautiful, innocent second-, third-, and fourth-graders. And dozens of young children who witnessed what happened see their friends die as if they were on the battlefield.” for God’s sake they will live with it for the rest of their lives. ”
CBS News learned that customs and border guards were among law enforcement officers who were shot with a gunman. One CBP agent was shot in the head. This agent is hospitalized and is in stable condition.
“U.S. Border Service agents have responded to a law enforcement request for assistance in connection with the active shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uwalde. Upon entering the building, agents and other law enforcement officers faced shelling from an entity that was barricaded inside,” it said. CBS News spokeswoman for Homeland Security spokeswoman Catherine Espinosa told CBS News.
Earlier, the Uwalde Memorial Hospital said it had treated 13 children from ambulances and buses, and that two people who arrived at the hospital had died. The second hospital said it was caring for a 66-year-old woman and a 10-year-old girl, both in critical condition, a 10-year-old girl in good condition and a 9-year-old girl in good condition. Another hospital said it was caring for two adults, also both in critical condition.
Blood and Tissue of South Texas said he sent 15 units of Uwalde blood on Tuesday.
At about 2 p.m. local time, the district reported that parents were allowed to pick up the children at the local community center.
Pat Milton contributed to the report.