Gunman kills at least 19 children at Texas elementary school
According to 11alive.com, The death toll in the Robb Elementary School shooting has risen to 19 kids and two adults. The shooter, an 18-year-old man, is dead.
Abbott said the man walked into Robb Elementary School, about 85 miles west of San Antonio, and opened fire. It was the deadliest school shooting in Texas history and the deadliest shooting at a U.S. grade school since a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut.
A Border Patrol agent who was nearby when the shooting began rushed into the school without waiting for backup and shot and killed the gunman, who was behind a barricade, according to a law enforcement official speaking to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk about it.
The agent was wounded but able to walk out of the school, the law enforcement source said.
Department of Public Safety officials told KENS 5 that two adults other than the gunman were dead – a teacher and the gunman’s grandmother. DPS said he was wearing body armor.
State Sen. Roland Gutierrez, who said he had been briefed by state police, said the gunman killed his grandmother before heading to the school with two military-style rifles he had purchased on his birthday.
It was unclear how many people, in addition to those killed, were injured in the shooting. Uvalde police said there were “several injuries.”
Earlier, Uvalde Memorial Hospital said 13 children were taken there via ambulance or buses for treatment. Another hospital reported a 66-year-old woman was in critical condition.
A woman cries as she leaves the Uvalde Civic Center, Tuesday May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. (William Luther/The San Antonio Express-News via AP)