SAN ANTONIO – The last week of classes at Robb Elementary School ended in terror when a gunman opened fire, killing 20 people on Tuesday.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott identified the shooter as Salvador Ramos, 18. Ramos, who was a student in Uvalde, was killed by law enforcement as officers moved in. Uvalde is about 85 miles west of San Antonio.
Details about the shooting are still being released as the investigation continues. Authorities are expected to give an update later this evening, and KSAT.com will livestream that news conference online and on-air.
As of 7 p.m., here’s what we know about the shooting.
Shots rang out before noon at Robb elementary
At 11:43 a.m. Tuesday, the elementary announced on social media that the school was on lockdown.
At 12:17 p.m., the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District confirmed that there was an active shooter situation taking place.
There is an active shooter at Robb Elementary. Law enforcement is on site. Your cooperation is needed at this time by…
Posted by Uvalde CISD on Tuesday, May 24, 2022
The Uvalde Memorial Hospital said that they received 13 children via ambulance or bus for treatment. Two victims died upon arrival at UMH. As of now, it is unclear how many victims taken to UMH were among those who died. 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.
As of 7 p.m., only one victim has been identified — Eva Mireles, a fourth-grade teacher at Robb Elementary.
As of 6:45 p.m. – The Department of Public Safety says 18 students and three adults, including one teacher, were pronounced dead. They have not been identified.
Two shooting victims, a 10-year-old girl and a 66-year-old woman, were sent to University Hospital in San Antonio, where they remain in critical condition, according to the hospital. Two other victims were sent to University Hospital late Tuesday, but their ages and genders were not known as of 5:35 p.m.
The shooter is believed to have shot his grandmother before going to the school, Abbott said. He did not provide any additional information.
Two law enforcement officers were also injured, but they are expected to be OK, Abbott said.
Uninjured students were taken to the Willie DeLeon Civic Center, where they were later reunited with their parents.
Teen shooter was a high school student
The alleged shooter, Ramos, lived in Uvalde and was a student at Uvalde High School.
Abbott said the shooter drove to the school and entered the campus with a handgun and possibly a rifle.
“He shot and killed, horrifically, incomprehensibly 14 students and killed a teacher,” Abbott said.
An Instagram page possibly tied to the shooter contained images of him holding a magazine or a rifle.
After the governor confirmed details about the shooting, he released a statement expressing his condolences.
This is the email his office sent to members of the media.
Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff and San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg also spoke out about the “profound grief” in South Texas.
“It is with profound grief and broken hearts that we learn about the news coming our way this afternoon,” Wolff said. “We stand united with the community in Uvalde and offer our assistance. We also mourn with them over the lives of those children and adults lost to violence. Bexar County is sending personnel and material from the Office of Emergency Management, the Medical Examiner’s Office, the Sheriff’s Office, and University Hospital to support the ongoing operation.”
Nirenberg called it “sickening” and asked people to pray for the families affected by the “horrific mass shooting.”
Uvalde is experiencing the sickening aftermath of a horrific mass shooting. At least 14 children and a teacher are gone. Pray for the lost, their families, and Uvalde.
San Antonio has sent mass casualty resources to the region and will do all we can to help our neighbors heal.
Texas Senator John Cornyn also released a statement Tuesday, mourning for the families.
School was slated to end on Thursday
This was the last week of school for students and teachers in UCISD.
Thursday was expected to be the last day of school, and the high school graduation was slated for Friday.
As of now, all district and campus activities, after-school programs and events are canceled, the district said.
The elementary school has an enrollment of just under 600 students and taught second through fourth grades.
Uvalde is home to about 16,000 people.
One victim identified
As of 7 p.m. Tuesday, only one victim has been identified. That victim was Eva Mireles, a fourth-grade teacher at the school.
“My niece, Eva Mireles, approximately 17-year teacher for UCISD along with another teacher and 18 children lost her lives to a senseless tragic shooting,” aunt Lydia Martinez Delgado said in a statement. “I’m furious that these shooting continue, these children are innocent, rifles should not be easily available to all. This is my hometown a small community of less than 20,000. I never imagined this would happen to especially to loved ones. Not all the facts have been released yet all we can do is pray hard for our country, state, schools and especially the families of all.”
SAPD sends resources to Uvalde
At 2:24 p.m., the San Antonio Police Department said it sent resources to the school and is standing by to assist as further needed.
“SAPD has sent resources to include EAGLE, Crime Scene Investigators (CSI) and SWAT to the active shooter situation that occurred earlier in Uvalde…,” a tweet stated.
SAPD offered its condolences to the Uvalde community.
How to help the community of Uvalde
The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center is in critical need of blood donations following the shooting. This also comes on the heels of a months-long blood supply shortage.
STBTC confirmed to KSAT that it sent over at least 15 units to victims at Uvalde Memorial Hospital, but its supply is running out.
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