At least 18 students and a teacher were killed in a school shooting in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday afternoon local time, the U.S. press reported, citing information from the governor of Texas.
Governor Greg Abbot said the alleged shooter, identified as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, was also killed. According to the first news, he was shot dead by police arriving at the scene. The governor reported that the alleged perpetrator may also have had a “handgun and rifle” when he opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, 85 miles west of San Antonio. “He killed 18 students and a teacher in an awful, incomprehensible way. Ramos, the shooter, is also dead, believed to have been shot by an arriving officer ”, the governor said. According to the Republican politician, two officers were also shot, but – as stated – they are expected to survive. This was the most serious school shooting in the history of Texas, which took place four years after a gunman had killed 10 people at Santa Fe High School in Houston.
The University Hospital of San Antonio reported on Twitter that they had transported two injured from the Uvalde school, a child and an adult. As they wrote, both the injured – a 66-year-old woman and a 10-year-old girl – are in critical condition. Uvalde Memorial Hospital has previously reported that 13 children have been transported to the facility.
According to news agency information, the alleged perpetrator was a resident of the local community. Uvalde’s chief of police, Pete Arredondo, told a news conference that the gunman had committed his act alone. The number of injured has not yet been determined precisely, but Arredondo says there are “more injured”. There are barely 600 students in Robb Elementary School, and the police chief said there were second, third and fourth graders at the institution. White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said U.S. President Joe Biden had been informed of the school shooting aboard Air Force One, a presidential special plane, as he was now returning to the United States from Biden’s five-day trip to Asia.
The Texas shooting took place just over a week after an armed attacker opened fire in a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, killing 10 people.