Governor of Texas: 15 killed at school; armed man killed | US and world news
WALDE, Texas (AP) – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said 15 people were killed in Tuesday’s shooting at an elementary school.
Abbott said the suspect in the shooting, an 18-year-old man, was also killed and allegedly killed by officers. He said 14 children and one teacher were killed at Rob Elementary School in Uwalde, about 85 miles west of San Antonio.
Abbott said the shooter had a pistol and possibly a rifle.
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Two people were killed in a shooting at a Texas elementary school on Tuesday, and more than two dozen children were injured, hospital officials said. Police said the suspect in the shooting is in custody.
Thirteen children were taken by ambulance or bus to Uwalde Memorial Hospital after an active shooter was reported at Robb Elementary School in Uwalde, about 85 miles (135 kilometers) west of San Antonio, hospital officials said. The nature and severity of the injuries were not immediately known, as was whether the death toll was included.
Another hospital, University Hospital of San Antonio, reported that the 66-year-old woman was in critical condition.
Authorities did not immediately report any details of the shooting, although the Uwalde Police Department said the shooter was detained shortly after 1 p.m.
The United Independent School District of Uwalde reported that an active shooter had been registered at a school with just under 600 students. Earlier in the district it was reported that all schools in the district were closed due to gunshots in the area.
On Tuesday afternoon, the school was surrounded by a large police station, officers in heavy vests distracted traffic, and FBI agents went in and out of the building. School and city authorities did not immediately respond to the message with a request to comment.
The district reported that the community center of the city is being used as a union center.
The shooting in Texas came less than two weeks after a gunman opened fire at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, killing 10 black shoppers and workers, resulting in officials calling it a hate crime. Uwalde is home to about 16,000 people and is the seat of government for Uwalde County. The city is about 75 miles from the border with Mexico. Robb Elementary is located in a predominantly residential area of modest homes. Across the street from the school is a funeral home.
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