The twisted Texas college shooter who killed 19 college students Tuesday exchanged gunfire with legislation enforcement earlier than storming Robb Elementary School, firing at “whoever’s in his way,” officers mentioned.
“The suspect made entry into the school and as soon as he made entry into the school he started shooting children, teachers, whoever’s in his way,” Department of Public Safety Lt. Christopher Olivarez told San Antonio-based TV station KENS 5. “He was shooting everybody.”
The horrific mass capturing left at the least 19 youngsters and two adults lifeless, together with gunman Salvador Ramos’ grandmother, based on authorities.
Ramos was killed by legislation enforcement inside the varsity.
Olivarez informed KENS 5 that legislation enforcement obtained a name of a automotive crash and a person with a gun that was close to the varsity. Ramos shot his grandmother earlier than arriving on the college, Olivarez mentioned.
DPS spokesperson Erick Estrada informed CNN’s Anderson Cooper that Ramos engaged with police outside the school in Uvalde County however was nonetheless capable of get inside.
“The suspect did crash near a ditch nearby the school,” Estrada mentioned. “That’s where he exited his vehicle with what I believe was a rifle and that’s when he attempted to enter the school where he was engaged by law enforcement. Unfortunately, he was able to enter the premises and then from there that’s when he entered several classrooms and started shooting his firearm.”
Ramos was carrying physique armor and armed with an extended rifle, based on DPS officers.
Olivarez informed KENS 5 that after a tactical staff arrived, they shot Ramos.
Police officers rushed into the varsity to get their very own youngsters out of the varsity, he added.
“There was some police officers, families trying to get their children out of the school because it was an active shooter situation right now, it’s a terrible situation right now,” Olivarez mentioned. “And of course just as we mentioned the loss of life is just terrible, it’s a terrible tragedy that took place.”
The investigation is being led by the Texas Rangers with involvement from the FBI and different legislation enforcement businesses.