A mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, has left at least 19 students and two adults dead, authorities said in a late Tuesday update. The gunman, who is said to have also killed a relative prior to the mass shooting, is deceased.
The Uvalde Police Department said on Facebook
that by 1:06pm, local time, the shooter had been taken into custody. However, Texas Governor Greg Abbott later detailed during a press conference that police had killed him. The shooter's name was Salvador Ramos, an 18-year-old who lived in Uvalde and stormed into the school with a pistol and possibly also a rifle. A police spokesperson said it was believed he acted alone.
A 10-year-old child and a 66-year-old adult were also reportedly in the care of University Health in San Antonio in "critical" condition. According to news reports, 14 liters of blood were transferred to the hospitals.
At the time, the entire school district was placed on lockdown, and students were transported to a nearby area for pickup, with their parents being directed there instead of to the school, the facility's Facebook page said. A spokesperson for the district told KSAT, an ABC affiliate
in San Antonio, that the pickup site was Willie DeLeon Civic Center.
"Please know at this time all campuses are under a Lockdown Status due to gunshots in the area. The students and staff are safe in the buildings," the Uvalde school district said in a message sent to parents.
The majority-Hispanic city of Uvalde is located about 77 miles west of San Antonio.
The United States has seen nearly 200 mass shootings
so far in 2022, including the massacre of 10 Black shoppers
at a Buffalo, New York, supermarket last week by a white man who expressed white supremacist ideas.