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At least 21 killed in shooting at Texas elementary school, gunman dead

As of Wednesday morning, 21 victims have died after a gunman opened fire at a Texas elementary school on Tuesday, Gov. Greg Abbott said.

The gunman, identified as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, was also killed. Reports suggest Ramos was either a current or former student at Uvalde High School. The shooting happened at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, about 85 miles west of San Antonio.

Abbott said Ramos shot and killed his grandmother before he went on the shooting rampage around 11:30 a.m. at Robb Elementary School, where second through fourth graders attend. Ramos entered the school with a handgun, and possibly a rifle, and opened fire. Abbott said the shooter was likely killed by responding officers but that the events were still being investigated.

A gunman opened fire at a Texas elementary school Tuesday, killing at least 19 children and two adults, officials said, in the deadliest mass shooting at an American school since the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in 2012.

Just under 600 students were enrolled at the elementary school, and the last day of the school year was set for Thursday. The district has canceled all activities following the shooting.

Two law enforcement officers were shot but are expected to be OK, Abbott said. One of the officers was a Border Patrol agent.

“Texans across the state are grieving for the victims of this senseless crime and for the community of Uvalde,” Abbott said. “Cecilia and I mourn this horrific loss and we urge all Texans to come together to show our unwavering support to all who are suffering. We thank the courageous first responders who worked to finally secure Robb Elementary School.”

Abbott added, “I have instructed the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Rangers to work with local law enforcement to fully investigate this crime. The Texas Division of Emergency Management is charged with providing local officials all resources necessary to respond to this tragedy as the State of Texas works to ensure the community has what it needs to heal.”

President Joe Biden is expected to address the nation about the shooting Tuesday night, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean Pierre said.

“President Biden has been briefed on the horrific news of the elementary school shooting in Texas and will continue to be briefed regularly as information becomes available. His prayers are with the families impacted by this awful event,” she said.

Hospital officials said several students are being treated in the emergency room. Immediate family members of the injured students are asked to report to the hospital cafeteria on the second floor. UMH staff will keep in constant contact with those family members. Hospital officials ask residents who are not immediate family members to stay away from the hospital.

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: MLIVE.COM

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