Teen Gunman Kills 19 Students and 2 Adults at Texas Elementary School

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On Tuesday, a teen gunman killed 19 students and 2 adults at an elementary school in Texas, making the mass murder one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history. Police killed the gunman, according to authorities.

According to officials, allegedly, the shooter, identified as Salvador Ramos, shot his grandmother before using two assault rifles to take lives at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde around 11:32 a.m. local time.

The slaughter took place just two days before the end of the school year. The carnage sent worried parents into a scramble to find their children.

“This is just evil,” Rey Chapa, whose nephew attends the school told the New York Times. “I’m afraid I’m going to know a lot of these kids that were killed.”

ABC 13 was informed by Brandon Elrod that he was looking for his 10-year-old daughter.

“She may not be alive,” he said.

As he choked back tears, he asked a journalist the location of the nearest funeral home “’cause we can’t find my daughter.”

“Pretty sad, really sad, what this world’s coming to,” he added.

Responding to the shooting, a slew of agencies descended on the small town located about 60 miles east of the Mexico border, including police officials from the Texas Department of Public Safety, US Customs and Border Protection, and many local agencies.

“Texans across the state are grieving for the victims of this senseless crime and for the community of Uvalde,” Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement.

“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.”

Ramos ditched his vehicle and entered the school before “horrifically” and “incomprehensibly,” killing more than a dozen students and a teacher before he was killed by a responding officer, according to Abbott.

Texas State Sen. Roland Gutierrez told CNN the gunman used two assault rifles he purchased for his 18 birthday to kill 20 people.

The Texas Department of Public Safety said Tuesday that Ramos’ grandmother was also killed. However, it was clarified that she was in critical condition.

ABC 13 reported that a teacher identified as Eva Mireles was killed and the 19 children.

Irma Garcia, a fourth-grade teacher who worked with Mireles, was also slain. Other victims were students Rojelio Torres, Amerie Jo Garza, Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez, Nevaeh Bravo, and Uziyah Garcia.

At 11:43 a.m., roughly 11 minutes after police said the shooting began, Robb Elementary School officials wrote a Facebook post saying the building was placed on lockdown “due to gunshots in the area” – but claimed that children were safe inside.

“The students and staff are safe in the building. The building is secure in a Lockdown Status. Your cooperation is needed at this time by not visiting the campus,” the Facebook post reads.

“As soon as the Lockdown Status is lifted, you will be notified. Thank you for your cooperation!”

School officials wrote on Facebook that an “active shooter” was in the building about 30 minutes later. It was not clear Tuesday how Ramos entered the school during the lockdown.

More than 15 other students, two adults, and two officers who responded to the shooting were injured in the butcher, in addition to the lives that were lost.

Uvalde Medical Center CEO Tom Nordwick told The Post that fourteen children and one adult with minor injuries were brought to the hospital.

Some of those injured were already being discharged by evening, and three had been transferred to hospitals in San Antonio, Nordwick said. He declined to give details about their condition.

Two more victims in critical condition, a 10-year-old girl and a 66-year-old woman, were taken to University Health San Antonio. It is the only Level 1 trauma center for both adults and children in the region.

Abbott said the two wounded officers “have no serious injuries.”

Few details about the shooting have been released by the Uvalde Police Department and the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District. A short statement that didn’t address the number of casualties was read by school district officials and the district’s chief of police, Pete Arredondo, during an evening press conference. They did not answer questions.

“I can confirm right now that we have several injuries, adults, and students, and we do have some deaths,” Arredondo said.

“DPS is assisting with the investigation, and at this point, the investigation is leading to tell us that the suspect did act alone during this heinous crime.

“We do want to keep all their families in our prayers. I hope you do as well, and we also want to respect the privacy of the family. The crime scene is still being worked on, and again we’ll notify the parents and the families as soon as we have some news for them.”

Abbott said the shooter was a US citizen who attended Uvalde High School. His alleged Instagram account included one brooding selfie and numerous pictures of firearms and ammunition.

The gunman tagged a woman in an image of two rifles and then messaged her: “Be grateful I tagged you,” he wrote in a post.

Sharing the alleged exchanges on her account, the woman claimed she did not know the shooter and replied confused, asking why he tagged her in snaps of guns.

The account cryptically messaged her on Tuesday morning, “I’m about to,” Then, a few hours later, “I got a little secret.”
The shooter said he would tell the woman what he meant “before 11″, but she fell asleep before she could answer the messages.

“The only reason I responded to him was because I was afraid of him. I wish I stayed awake to at least try to convince him to not commit [this] crime,” the woman later wrote in an Instagram story post.

“He’s a stranger I know nothing about him he decided to tag me in his gun post. I’m so sorry for the victims and their families I really don’t know what to say.”

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