ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Gov. Greg Abbott said an 18-year-old gunman “horribly” killed 14 students and a teacher after running into an elementary school in Uvalde and opening fire on Tuesday afternoon.
At a press conference held in Abilene for unrelated reasons, Greg Abbott detailed the shooting, saying Salvador Romas, 18, a senior at Uvalde High School, entered Robb Elementary School armed with a handgun and possibly a rifle, shooting and killing the students and the teacher.
Romas also died. Abbott says he believes he was killed by responding officers, two of whom were shot during the altercation. Their current conditions are not known at this time.
Abbott says Romas acted, “horribly – incomprehensibly” and the entire state of Texas is in mourning for the lives lost.
Uvalde Police and Uvalde ISD are now raiding the shootout, with the assistance of statewide resources.
Romas also allegedly shot and killed his grandmother before entering the school.
The motive for the shooting is not known at this time.
Watch Governor Abbott’s full press conference above.