An armed high school student shot his grandmother, walked into an elementary school, and killed 14 students and a teacher on Tuesday in Uvalde, Texas.
Salvador Rolando Ramos, a Uvalde High School student who turned 18 years old on May 16, fired a weapon at Robb Elementary School students and teachers.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said two officers were injured and the shooter died.
“There are families who are in mourning right now. The state of Texas is in mourning with them for the reality that these parents are not going to be able to pick up their children,” Abbott said.
Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Chief of Police Pete Arredondo said the shooting was at about 11:30 a.m. The Uvalde Police Department announced officers arrested a suspect shortly after 1 p.m.
Uvalde Memorial Hospital reported receiving two dead and 13 children injured.
University Health in San Antonio also reported receiving two patients, a 66-year-old woman, and a 10-year-old girl.
Some of the injured were also at The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio.
The San Antonio Police Department, the Houston Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the FBI, and other state and federal agencies were assisting.
President Joe Biden is expected to deliver remarks about the shooting at 8:15 p.m. at the White House, after returning from Asia.
The shooting at Robb Elementary School hit close to home for U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, who represents the survivors of the Dec. 14, 2012, massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown, Connecticut.
“Our heart is breaking for these families. Every ounce of love and thoughts and prayers we can send, we are sending, but I’m here on this floor to beg to literally get down on my hands and knees and beg my colleagues. Find a path forward here. Work with us to find a way to pass laws that make this less likely.”
At Sandy Hook, Adam Lanza, 20, killed 20 first-grade students and six teachers. Like Nikolas Cruz at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Lanza used an AR-15 rifle.
“I just don’t understand why people here think we’re powerless — we aren’t,” Murphy told reporters in Capitol Hill.
UCISD news conference
5 p.m. report
Related social media
Pray for Uvalde. My heart is with South Texas today. Our community is rocked by tragedy as we continue to learn more details.
— George P. Bush (@georgepbush) May 24, 2022
I ask you all of you to join me in praying for our fellow Texans impacted by the horrific shooting in Uvalde today.
Lord, our refuge and strength, we pray for the souls of those lost, those who were wounded, their families, and our brave first responders.
— Attorney General Ken Paxton (@KenPaxtonTX) May 24, 2022
This is a devastating tragedy. How many more mass shootings do children have to experience before we say enough?
Sending my condolences to the children and families in Uvalde who are experiencing this unthinkable tragedy. https://t.co/ZKDuH6fM6e
— Jessica Cisneros (@JCisnerosTX) May 24, 2022
I am heartbroken over the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School.
15 families, the South Texas community and the entire nation are in mourning.
Let us pray for peace. Let us come together for our neighbors that need support. And let us remember the bright lives we lost today.
— Rep. Henry Cuellar (@RepCuellar) May 24, 2022
This is a developing story. ABC News affiliates in San Antonio and in Houston contributed to this report. The Associated Press also contributed to this report.
Copyright 2022 by WPLG Local10.com – All rights reserved.