Fourteen children and a teacher were killed in a shooting at a Texas elementary school on Tuesday, and the 18-year-old shooter was dead, Gov. Greg Abbott said. 85 miles (136 kilometers) west of San Antonio
“He shot and killed, in a gruesome, incomprehensible way, 14 students and killed a teacher,” the governor said.
The shooter was a community resident and entered the school with a handgun, and possibly a rifle, and opened fire, Abbott said. He said the shooter was likely killed by responding officers, but the events are still under investigation.
Uvalde Memorial Hospital said earlier that 13 children had been taken by ambulance or bus and another hospital reported that a 66-year-old woman was in critical condition. It was not immediately clear how many people, besides the dead, were injured in the shooting
The Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District said an active shooter was reported at the school, which has just under 600 students. Earlier, the district said all schools in the district were locked due to gunfire in the area.
A heavy police presence surrounded the school on Tuesday afternoon, with officers wearing heavy vests diverting traffic and FBI agents coming and going from the building. School and city officials did not immediately return messages seeking comment.
The district said the city’s civic center was being used as a reunification center.
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 described as a hate crime.
Uvalde is home to approximately 16,000 people and is the seat of Uvalde County government. The city is about 75 miles from the border with Mexico. Robb Elementary is in a mostly residential area of modest homes. There is a funeral home across from the school.
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