A gunman who killed at the very least 19 college students and two adults at Robb Elementary College in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday has been named as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos.
Governor Greg Abbott mentioned Ramos “horrifically and incomprehensibly” carried out the mass capturing alone earlier than being shot lifeless by regulation enforcement.
Ramos was a pupil at Uvalde Excessive College who lived within the small metropolis 130 kms (80 miles) west of San Antonio, based on Mr Abbott.
Ramos had hinted on social media that an assault could possibly be coming, state Sen Roland Gutierrez, who was briefed by police, instructed reporters. “He instructed the youngsters ought to be careful,” the lawmaker mentioned.
He reportedly shot his grandmother earlier than driving to Robb Elementary simply earlier than noon on Tuesday, Mr Abbott mentioned at a information briefing on Tuesday afternoon.
Ramos is believed to have deserted his automobile outdoors the college and enters the college grounds with a handgun and probably a rifle. Police mentioned the gunman was sporting physique armour.
“The suspect made entry into the college and as quickly as he made entry into the college he began capturing youngsters, lecturers, whoever’s in his manner,” Christopher Olivarez of the Texas Division of Public Security told local media.
Officers responding to the scene reportedly shot Romas lifeless.
Border Patrol brokers had been concerned in response to the capturing, although officers have confirmed Romas was a US citizen.
The Bexar County Sheriff’s Workplace and San Antonio Police Division have mentioned they’re sending sources to help within the police response.
The Houston workplace of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is aiding within the investigation, as are the state Division of Public Security and the Texas Rangers.
The South Texas Blood and Tissue Middle has known as on native residents to donate blood, as hospitals within the space had been already dealing with a blood scarcity earlier than the capturing occured.
Uvalde Memorial Hospital initially mentioned that mentioned 13 college students and an grownup had been transported from the college by a bus and ambulance. Two of the scholars had been pronounced lifeless on arrival. However the dying toll has steadily risen all through the day, with officers transferring it from 14 to 19 college students and two grownup victims on Tuesday night.
There was no additional info instantly obtainable concerning the situation of Ramos’ grandmother.
An Instagram account recognized by information shops as belonging to Ramos confirmed him posing with what seems to be a semi-automatic weapon.
In a press release, Mr Abbott mentioned Texans had been grieving for the victims of this “mindless crime and for the group of Uvalde”.
The dying toll of 19 college students and two adults is the deadliest assault on an elementary college for the reason that 2012 mass capturing at Sandy Hook Elementary College in Newtown, Connecticut, which claimed the lives of 20 college students and 6 lecturers.
President Biden instructed the nation it was time to “flip this ache into motion” and alter gun legal guidelines following the capturing bloodbath.
“Why are we keen to stay with this carnage?” he mentioned on the White Home. “The place in God’s title is our spine, to have the braveness to cope with this and stand as much as the [gun] lobbies?”
The Related Press contributed reporting.