The “active shooter” was reported shortly after noon at a school in Uwalde, about 80 miles west of San Antonio.
SAN ANTONIA – At least 15 people, including 14 children, were killed in a shooting at Rob Elementary School in Uwald, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said.
The alleged shooter has been taken into custody, local police said. Others remain hospitalized in Uwalde and San Antonio.
Governor Abat tweeted a video that partially reads:
“The shooter was Salvador Ramos, an 18-year-old man who lived in Uwalde. He is believed to have entered Robb Elementary School in Uwalde with a handgun, and may have had a rifle, but this is not confirmed according to my latest report: he shot, horribly, incomprehensibly, 14 students and killed a teacher. [the shooter]he died himself, and it is believed that the responsible officers killed him. “
Representatives of the Uwalde Memorial Hospital told KENS 5 that 15 people had been transported there. Earlier, the hospital reported that two died on arrival.
At least two victims, a 66-year-old adult and a child, were also taken to a San Antonio hospital, about 80 miles away. University health officials said both patients were in critical condition.
At 12:17 CISD Uvalde officers said there was an active shooter at the school and that law enforcement was on the scene. Rob’s primary school has just under 600 students.
All campuses were closed due to gunfire, and students and staff were reportedly in the building.
There were no indications that the closure has since been lifted after the suspect was taken into custody.
A press conference was scheduled for later in the afternoon, but the time and place were not yet known.
Close relatives of these students are asked to appear in the canteen on the second floor of the hospital. They asked those who are not close relatives not to go to the hospital.
Uwalde CISD said parents can now go and pick up their students at the Community Reunification Center. UCISD said parents are encouraged to pick up their students at this time.
Students are currently being transported by bus to the Willy DeLeon Community Center, located at 300 E Main St, Uvalde, TX 78801.
This is a story that is evolving and will be updated as more information is received. Please check for updates.