The 19 children and two teachers killed in Tuesday’s elementary school massacre were in the same classroom, where the gunman ‘barricaded himself’ and fired indiscriminately, an agency official said on Wednesday. law enforcement.
Those injured in the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde were also injured in that classroom, Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Lt. Chris Olivarez told CNN.
The shooter “was able to get into a classroom, barricaded himself inside that classroom, and again just started shooting, uh, many kids and teachers that were in that classroom, with no regard for human life,” he said on NBC Wednesday. Show “TODAY”.
He “just started shooting anyone who got in his way,” Olivarez added.
Olivarez, a father, called Ramos “a complete and evil person”.
Officers who were first on the scene heard the gunshots and tried to enter but were met by a hail of bullets, he said. Some of them were hit.
Unable to immediately end the carnage in the classroom, officers worked to evacuate students and staff from other parts of the building.
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol Tactical Unit agent and two law enforcement officers entered the school while the shooter was still firing, two sources said. law enforcement.
They managed to kill the shooter, identified as 18-year-old Salvador Rolando Ramos, as he continued to fire from behind a barricade, the sources said. A customs and border protection officer was injured but not fatally.
Many agents live in Uvalde and have ties to the school. On-duty and off-duty Customs and Border Protection officers arrived at the scene to transfer the students to safety, a Department of Homeland Security spokesperson said.
It is not known how many students, staff and law enforcement officers were injured. San Antonio University Hospital said Wednesday that a 66-year-old woman and a 10-year-old girl were in serious condition. Another 10-year-old girl and a 9-year-old girl were listed in good condition. The families of the children are with them, according to the hospital.
The shooter was involved in a domestic dispute with his grandmother before committing the massacre, officials said. He shot her, got into a car, and ran her over near Robb Elementary.
It’s unclear whether the shooter targeted the school or simply sparked terror because he crashed his car nearby, Olivarez said on ‘TODAY’.
He used an AR-style rifle in the shooting, Olivarez told MSNBC. He also wore at least a tactical vest, but it is unclear if he wore a bulletproof vest.
Ramos had no criminal history and investigators are struggling to find any traces of friends, Olivarez added. He had attended high school in the close-knit community about 85 miles west of San Antonio.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott is expected to provide an update Wednesday afternoon on the state’s response to the shooting.
Abbott, a Republican, will hold a press conference following a shooting briefing at SSGT Willie de Leon Civic Center in Uvalde at 12:30 p.m. local time, his office said in a press release.
The governor is expected to be joined by Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick; Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan; Republican senses John Cornyn and Ted Cruz; and other politicians and officials.
Uvalde Police Chief Daniel Rodriguez; Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Police Chief Pete Arredondo; and Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw are also expected to attend.
Kerry Sander and Tom Winter contributed.