At least two people have been killed and more than a dozen others have been taken to hospitals following a shooting Tuesday at an elementary school in Texas.
The incident was no longer active as of Tuesday afternoon and a suspect was in custody, authorities said.
Thirteen children were taken to the emergency room at Uvalde Memorial Hospital after the shooting at Robb Elementary, according to a statement from Facebook and the hospital’s CEO, Tom Nordwick. Two have been transferred and one is awaiting transfer, the CEO said in a phone call.
Additionally, two people were pronounced dead before they reached hospital, Nordwick said. Their names and ages have not been disclosed.
University Health said in a tweet that it is treating a child and a 66-year-old woman who is listed in critical condition. The condition of the child is not yet known.
A University Health spokeswoman said she could not confirm whether the patients were gunshot victims, but added that their injuries were related to the school shooting.
The suspected shooter was taken into custody shortly after 1 p.m. local time, the Uvalde Police Department announced on Facebook. No other details, including the name of the suspect and the number of injured, were released.
News of the suspect’s capture came less than an hour after the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District announced on Twitter that there was “an active shooter” at the elementary school.
“The police are on the spot. Your cooperation is needed at this time by not visiting the campus. As more information is gathered, it will be shared,” the tweet read.
The public has been urged to avoid the area, according to the police department’s Facebook post.
The students were being taken to Uvalde High School to be reunited with their parents, police and the school district said. But the district asked parents not to pick up their children. “You will be notified to pick up students once all are accounted for,” an update from the district said.
The last day of school in the district is Thursday.
The shooting came after new FBI statistics released on Monday showed active shooter incidents in 2021 were up more than 50% from 2020 and nearly 97% from 2017.
Uvalde is over 83 miles west of San Antonio.
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