Nineteen children and two adults were killed in a shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde County on Tuesday, making the massacre the deadliest school shooting in Texas’ history.My heart is broken today,” Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Superintendent Hal Harrell said while holding back tears during a press conference Tuesday evening. “We’re a small community and we need your prayers to get through this.”Gov.aid the shooter was killed. The shooter is believed to have acted alone, said Pete Arredondo, Uvalde CISD chief of police.What happened in Uvalde is a horrific tragedy that cannot be tolerated in the state of Texas,” Abbott said.
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I agree toBrowse all newsletters at President Joe Biden has spoken with Abbott to offer his assistance, White House officials said. Biden also ordered flags on all public property and at U.S. embassies to be flown at half-staff in memory of those killed.Tonight, I ask the nation to pray for them. Give the parents and siblings the strength in the darkness they feel right now,” Biden said at a press briefing Tuesday evening.Biden also made a renewed call to reform gun laws.As a nation, we have to ask — when in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby?” he said.HOURS AGOOne of the two adult victims was identified as a schoolteacher, Eva Mireles, by and by of a student on social media. The other adult and the 19 children have not been identified. State Sen. D-San Antonio, told CNN there might be a third adult dead but authorities have not confirmed it.Authorities and hospital officials have said others were injured but have not confirmed how many.Abbott identified the shooter as Salvador Ramos, an 18-year-old Uvalde resident. The man abandoned his vehicle and entered Robb Elementary with a handgun and possibly a rifle, the governor said.The shooting started around 11:32 a.m., Arredondo said. The Uvalde school district reported an active shooter on Twitter at 12:17 p.m.U.S. Border Patrol agents responded to a law enforcement request for assistance, a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said. Law enforcement officers entered the school building and were met with gunfire from the shooter, who was barricaded inside. A Border Patrol agent shot the gunman before waiting for backup, a law enforcement official told the Associated Press.The gunman shot his grandmother before the shooting at the school, The grandmother was airlifted to San Antonio and was “still holding on” Tuesday evening, according to information given to Gutierrez by the Tethe shooter had bought a rifle online recently. He posted images of two rifles in his most recent post on Instagram before the social media platform deleted the account, according to the outlet.Robb Elementary teaches second, third and fourth grade students. The students were scheduled to celebrate their last day of the school year on Thursday.The school had 535 students in the most of them Hispanic and considered economically disadvantaged. Uvalde is a relatively small city about 85 miles west of San Antonio. Its population of roughly 15,200 is predominantly Hispanic.arlier Tuesday, the Uvalde CISD had placed all campuses under lockdown after gunshots were fired in the area. Harrell said the school will be closed for the remainder of the academic year, though grief counseling will be offered to students.U.S. Rep. a Republican whose district includes Robb Elementary School, wrote on Twitter, “My heart breaks for the city of Uvalde. Pray for our families.” and cited a Bible verse.Live Updates: ‘We Have to Act,’ Biden Says After 21 Killed at Texas Elementary School
UVALDE, Texas — A gunman killed at least 19 children and two adults on Tuesday in a rural Texas elementary school, a state police official said, in the deadliest American school shooting since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary a decade ago.The slayings took place just before noon at Robb Elementary School, where second through fourth graders in Uvalde, a small city west of San Antonio, were preparing to start summer break this week. At least one teacher was among the adults killed, and several other children were wounded.A gunman killed at least 19 children and 2 adults at a Texas elementary schoolThe number of people confirmed killed in a school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, has risen to 21, according to The Associated Press.Earlier, Sgt. Erick Estrada of the Texas Department of Public Safety told CNN that the children were likely between the ages of 7 and 9, and two adults are among the dead. The shooter is also deceased.Estrada also offered new details about the events leading up to the horrific slaughter at Robb Elementary School, about 85 miles south of San Antonio.According to calls to law enforcement beginning at around 11:20 a.m. local time, the gunman, who has been identified as an 18-year-old male resident of Uvalde, shot his grandmother at her home before heading toward the school in a large, dark truck. He crashed the vehicle in a ditch near the small campus.Callers told law enforcement that he was seen exiting the truck carrying “some sort of rifle,” a backpack, and wearing body armor. The gunman made his way into the school building through a south facing door and began shooting, Estrada said.Parents are extremely frightened and they should be. As a grandfather I’m afraid for my own grandchildren,” said Sheriff William Snyder.Upon learning about the deadly school shooting, Snyder said his agency took action.First thing we’ve done is reach out to all of our School Resource Officers, be extremely careful, be mindful. We know it’s coming to the end of the school year and we don’t want to let our guard down. We want to be as vigilant today as school ends as we were day one,” Snyder said.In Florida, it was the Parkland school shooting that prompted major safety changes in schools around the state, such as requiring school resource officers on every campusI’m glad that we’re in the schools. I’m glad it’s law enforcement and I’m glad we’re in the elementary schools,” Snyder said.Schools are also required to have alert systems, single entry into the schools, and they have fences, cameras, and regular emergency drills.Frank Frangella is the Martin County School District’s Director of Security.“I’m in constant contact with our partners in law enforcement,” Frangella said.That includes daily talks.I’ve been with them on the phone all day since this tragedy started and just going over making sure hey are we doing everything we possibly can,” Frangella said.The Palm Beach County School District also provided a statement saying that it “maintains at least one, full-time, law enforcement officer on all campuses all day, every day. We also have a behavioral health professional, a school counselor, and other support on all campuses all day, every day. We are committed to providing emotional support to any students who may need that help