School shooting in Uvalde, Texas: 19 students, 2 adults killed by gunman, authorities say

UVALDE, Texas — The death toll in the Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde, Texas, rose to 22, killing at least 19 children, a teacher and a second school worker, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

The 18-year-old suspect, a student at Uvalde High School, is also dead, Gov. Greg Abbott said.

Abbott said the suspect “horrifically and incomprehensibly shot and killed” more than a dozen students and a teacher.

The incident began when the suspect, identified by Abbott and law enforcement sources as Salvador Ramos, shot and killed his grandmother. Initial law enforcement reports said the gunman’s grandmother had died, but at 11 p.m. law enforcement sources told ABC News the grandmother was in critical condition but was still alive.

Texas public safety officials said Ramos then left his home in a truck, which he drove into a ditch in front of Robb Elementary School. He got out with an AR-15 rifle and numerous magazines, law enforcement officials told ABC News. He was also wearing a protective vest.

As he approached the school, an employee at Uvalde’s ISD school engaged the suspect, but Ramos shot him, law enforcement sources said.

The shooting happened as soon as the suspect entered the school, and all of the school’s victims died “in the same place at the school,” authorities told ABC News.

At the school, the suspect exchanged fires with Uvalde ISD officers and Border Patrol Tactical Unit agents, sources told ABC News.

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“US Border Patrol Agents were responding to a law enforcement request for assistance regarding an active shooter situation at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde. Upon entering the building, agents and other law enforcement officials were met with gunfire from the person barricaded inside,” a DHS spokeswoman said in a statement released on Twitter.

Law enforcement sources told ABC News they are now tracking the widely used style of AR-15 that the gunman used and have also secured the body armor and numerous ammo magazines.

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ABC News confirmed fourth grade teacher Eva Mireles was among those killed. Mireles worked at the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District for 17 years, her aunt Lydia Martinez Delgado said in a statement.

“This is my hometown, a small community of less than 20,000 people. I never thought this would happen to people who were particularly loved,” Delgado said.

The family also identified that one of the children killed was 10-year-old Xavier Lopez. He was in fourth grade. His cousin told ABC News his mother had attended his awards ceremony just hours before the shooting, unaware that it would be the last time she would see her son.

“When parents take their children to school, they have the full expectation of knowing that they can pick up their child at the end of the school day. And there are families who are grieving right now,” Abbott said. “The state of Texas joins you in mourning the fact that these parents are unable to pick up their children.”

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Two responding police officers were among the injured, Abbott said. They are expected to survive, he said.

The shooter’s social media is being scoured by investigators, and he has reportedly been sending videos and photos of guns to other users on multiple platforms, ABC News reports.

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Uvalde Memorial Hospital said 15 students were being treated in the hospital’s emergency department after the incident. Two patients have been transferred to San Antonio for treatment, while a third has yet to be transferred, the hospital said. A 45-year-old man was also taken to hospital after being grazed by a bullet, the hospital said.

University Health in San Antonio called It had four patients from the shooting incident – a 66-year-old woman and a 10-year-old girl, both in critical condition, a 10-year-old girl in good condition and a 9-year-old girl in fair condition.

Two adult victims of the school shooting are being treated at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, according to one army officialwho had no update on their terms.

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A number of the victims of the shooting are children of Customs and Border Protection officials, law enforcement officials told ABC News.

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Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin did not confirm any casualties but told ABC News in a text message that “this is a very dire situation.” He said the office is trying to contact the parents before any information is released.

The shooting happened just after 11:30 a.m. local time, police said.

The school with second, third and fourth grade students informed parents shortly after 2 p.m. that the students had been transported to Sgt. Willie Deleon Civic Center, the site of the reunion, and could be picked up.

Parent Ryan Ramirez told San Antonio ABC affiliate KSAT he went to the civic center and elementary school to find his fourth-grade daughter after the shooting.

“[I’m] just confused and worried. I’m trying to find out where my baby is,” he told the broadcaster.

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School has been canceled for the remainder of the school year, including all Wednesday and Thursday extracurricular activities. The graduation ceremony “will be addressed at a later date,” officials said. Bereavement counseling will also be provided, officials said.

Uvalde, Texas is about 90 minutes west of San Antonio.

The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office and the San Antonio Police Department send in help, and the FBI responds.

The Houston Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also said it helps in the investigation.

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Department of Homeland Security Minister Alejandro Mayorkas has been briefed on the situation, and the agency is “actively coordinating with partners at the federal, state and local levels,” a spokesman said. Customs and border protection officials in the area also responded to the scene.

The National Counterterrorism Operations Center believes there is currently “no known terrorism nexus,” according to a law enforcement bulletin obtained by ABC News.

Since 2017, mass shootings in the United States — described as shootings that leave at least four people injured or killed — have nearly doubled each year. As of 2022, there have already been 212 mass shootings — a 50% increase from 141 shootings in May 2017. The chart above shows the number of shootings per state. Mobile Users: Click here for our map of US mass shootings over the past five years

The number of people injured or killed does not include the suspect or the perpetrator. These graphs show the number of victims of all mass shootings over the last five years.

ABC News’ Pierre Thomas, Luke Barr, Aaron Katersky, Nicholas Kerr, and Mireya Villarreal contributed to this report.

This is an evolving story. Check for updates again.

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