Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says 14 people were killed in the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Abbott says that the 18-year old suspected shooter in the attack is also dead; likely by law enforcement though that has not been confirmed.
— CBS Austin (@cbsaustin) May 24, 2022
The governor said in his update that the suspect was armed with a pistol, and may have had a long gun as well. Abbott said the suspect “shot and killed, horrifically, incomprehensibly, 14 students and killed a teacher.”
According to the governor, the shooter, a student at Uvalde High School, also allegedly shot his grandmother before entering the school.
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Officials say at least two elementary school students were shot and killed, and multiple students and adults were injured during an active shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday afternoon.
Uvalde police have said that the shooter is in custody, though no details about the suspect or how he was apprehended have yet been released. Officials at Uvalde Memorial Hospital report that a total of thirteen children were transported to the hospital with injuries, and another hospital in the area reports that they have two patients from the school as well, an adult reported in critical condition and a child whose condition is not known at this time.
— Vanessa Croix (@VanessaKENS5) May 24, 2022
Details about the attack, which took place in the town of about 16,000 people located 85 miles west of San Antonio, are unknown at this time, and the mayor of the town offered only a terse comment to ABC News while he and others work to gather information and inform parents.
Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin did not confirm casualties, but told ABC News in a text message that “this is a very bad situation.” He said the office is trying to contact parents before releasing any information.
Earlier, the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District had said a shooter was located at Robb Elementary School and asked people to stay away from the area.
“There is an active shooter at Robb Elementary,” the school district said on Twitter. “Law enforcement is on site. Your cooperation is needed at this time by not visiting the campus. As soon as more information is gathered it will be shared.”
The initial reports of the shooting indicated that it had taken place off-campus near Robb Elementary, but later reports suggest that the attack occurred on school grounds. According to Fox News reporter Bill Melugin, the incident may have begun a block away from campus, with the attacker then running into the school and barricading himself inside.
Photos from our @FoxNews photographer at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, TX.
Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin tells me the shooting happened a block away from the school, then shooter ran to school. He and DPS tell me one person shot. Awaiting further info. pic.twitter.com/xttZ5gzK8K
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) May 24, 2022
The Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District — located about an hour and a half west of San Antonio — tweeted that there is “an active shooter at Robb Elementary,” adding, “Law enforcement is on site. Your cooperation is needed at this time by not visiting the campus. As soon as more information is gathered it will be shared.”
The Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office told CBS News that a teacher had been shot. Neither the police department nor the school confirmed that information.
At approximately 2:00 p.m. local time, the district said parents were cleared to pick up their children at the local civic center.
Authorities are expected to hold a news conference later this afternoon, and we’ll update this story as more information is known.