Fourteen children and a teacher were killed in a school shooting in Uvalde, Texas Tuesday after an 18-year-old gunman opened fire inside an elementary school.
The shooter was then shot and killed by police officers, according to Gov. Greg Abbott.
The ages of the students were not immediately available. Students killed and injured were in 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades, according to local police.
Abbott says the shooter had a handgun and possibly a rifle.
The Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District had said an active shooter was reported at Robb Elementary School just after 11:30 a.m. local time. The school has an enrollment of just under 600 students. Earlier, the district had said that all schools in the district were locked down because of gunshots in the area.
Two police officers were also shot but not seriously injured, Abbott said.
It was not immediately clear how many people, in addition to the dead, were injured in the shooting.
“When parents drop their kids off at school they have every expectation to know that they’re going to be able to pick their child up when that school day ends,” Abbott said. “There are families who are in mourning right now and 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. “
The shooter was identified as Salvador Ramos.
The shooting in Texas came less than two weeks after a gunman opened fire at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, killing 10 Black shoppers and workers in what officials have described as a hate crime.
Uvalde is home to about 16,000 people and is the seat of government for Uvalde County. The town is about 75 miles from the border with Mexico. Robb Elementary is in a mostly residential neighborhood of modest homes.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said President Joe Biden has been briefed on the school shooting on Air Force One as he returns from a five-day trip to Asia and would continue to receive updates. Jean-Pierre said Biden will deliver remarks Tuesday evening at the White House.
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The shooting happened at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, approximately 86 miles from San Antonio.