The teenage gunman killed 14 students and a teacher, according to Governor Greg Abbott
At least 14 students and a teacher were shot dead at an elementary school in Texas on Tuesday, Governor Greg Abbott said. The suspect, an 18-year-old man, was also reported to have shot his own grandmother before the school murder, and is now dead.
Abbott announced the death toll at a news conference shortly after local hospitals reported the arrival of children injured by gunfire. Earlier reports said the death toll was much lower and the suspect had been taken into custody.
“He fatally shot 14 students and killed one teacher.” Dr. Abbott.
Abbott told reporters that a suspect named Salvador Ramos went to Rob Elementary School armed with a handgun and possibly a rifle and that “It is believed” He was shot in the head by police officers.
Uvalade police chief Pete Aredondo described the shootings “A Genocide” The incident took place around 11:30 am local time. Rob Elementary School has students in grades 2-4.
“I can confirm right now that we have a number of injured, adults and students, and some of us have died. The suspect is dead at the moment. “Aredondo says the shooter seems to have acted alone.
Very little is known at present about his relationship with the shooter or the school. Uvalde and state police, as well as FBI and ATF agents, are investigating the incident.