15 killed in shooting at Uvalde elementary faculty; gunman useless, Gov. Abbott says
UVALDE, Texas – A gunman opened hearth at an elementary faculty in Uvalde on Tuesday, killing 14 college students and one instructor, Gov. Greg Abbott stated. The gunman, recognized as 18-year-old Salvador Romas, was additionally killed, Abbott stated. Romas was reportedly a pupil at Uvalde High School or was a former pupil, Abbott stated. Uvalde Police Chief Pete Arredondo stated it seems that Romas acted alone.
Abbott stated Romas shot his grandmother earlier than he went on the shooting rampage round 11:30 a.m. at Robb Elementary School, the place second by fourth graders attend. Romas entered the varsity with a handgun, and presumably a rifle, and opened hearth, Abbott stated. He stated the shooter was probably killed by responding officers however that the occasions had been nonetheless being investigated.
Two regulation enforcement officers had been shot however are anticipated to be OK, Abbott stated.
University Health officers stated a 10-year-old lady and a 66-year-old lady had been being handled at University Hospital and had been in important situation.
“Texans across the state are grieving for the victims of this senseless crime and for the community of Uvalde,” Abbott stated. “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. I have instructed the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Rangers to work with local law enforcement to fully investigate this crime. The Texas Division of Emergency Management is charged with providing local officials all resources necessary to respond to this tragedy as the State of Texas works to ensure the community has what it needs to heal.”
Arredondo stated that households of the victims had been being notified.
The shooting was the deadliest at a college in Texas historical past and occurred 4 years after a gunman fatally shot 10 individuals at Santa Fe High School in the Houston space, the Associated Press reported.
A information convention on what police know in regards to the shooting in the Hill Country neighborhood situated about 85 miles west of San Antonio is scheduled for five p.m.
Hospital officers stated a number of college students are being handled in the emergency room. Immediate relations of the injured college students are requested to report back to the hospital cafeteria on the second flooring. UMH employees will maintain in fixed contact with these relations. Hospital officers ask residents who aren’t instant relations to steer clear of the hospital.
Students had been evacuated to Willie DeLeon Civic Center and that oldsters at the moment are allowed to choose up their youngsters there.
The district canceled all faculty actions.
The San Antonio Police Department has despatched resources to the varsity and is standing by to help as additional wanted, Police Chief William McManus stated.
Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff stated the county was additionally sending assist to the grief-stricken neighborhood.
“It is with profound grief and broken hearts that we learn about the news coming our way this afternoon. We stand united with the community in Uvalde and offer our assistance. We also mourn with them over the lives of those children and adults lost to violence. Bexar County is sending personnel and material from the Office of Emergency Management, the Medical Examiner’s Office, the Sheriff’s Office, and University Hospital to support the ongoing operation,” Wolff stated.
Editor’s Note: The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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