Texas Governor Greg Abbott said at least 18 students, a teacher and two adults were killed in a shooting incident at Robb Elementary School in the small town of Uvalde, about 135 kilometers west of the city of San Antonio on Tuesday afternoon.
It was the deadliest shooting incident in Texas history, and comes four years after a gunman shot dead 10 people at Santa Fe High School in the Houston area. Greg said that the suspect was Salvador Ramos who is 18 year old man and was also killed. He is believed to have died at the hands of officials who responded to reports of the shooting.
The suspect entered the school with a gun, and possibly with a rifle as well. He opened fire and killed horribly 18 students and killed a teacher. Two security officers were also shot and injured. Meanwhile, the suspect was killed by security forces who responded to reports of the shooting.
The Chief of Police in the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District, Pete Arredondo, told reporters that the gunman acted alone.
Earlier Uvalde Memorial Hospital confirmed 13 children were rushed to the hospital. Meanwhile, another hospital reported a 66-year-old woman was in critical condition.
White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said President Joe Biden was still on Air Force One on his way back from a five-day trip to Asia. She has been alerted to the shooting incident in Texas. Jean-Pierre said Biden would deliver a public address Tuesday evening.
Robb Elementary School has less than 600 students. A large number of security forces surrounded the school area. FBI agents came and went from the scene. School and city officials have not replied to messages requesting comment.