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14 students, 1 teacher and gunman killed in elementary school shooting in Texas

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FOURTEEN students and one teacher are dead after a gun-wielding suspect entered an elementary school and opened fire, according to Texas Governor Greg Abbott.

The suspect has been identified as Salvador Ramos, 18, a Uvalde, Texas, resident who Governor Abbott said abandoned his vehicle and entered Robb Elementary at around noon on Tuesday.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott said 14 children and a teacher were killed in the shooting
Texas Governor Greg Abbott said 14 children and a teacher were killed in the shooting Credit: Reuters
Governor Abbott said the suspect was an 18-year-old Uvalde resident
Governor Abbott said the suspect was an 18-year-old Uvalde resident: Credit: AP
The school has since been evacuated
The school has since been evacuated Credit: Reuters

Governor Abbott said Ramos entered the school with a handgun, “shot and killed horrifically and incomprehensibly 14 students and killed a teacher.”

The Texas governor, citing preliminary reports, said Ramos was killed by responding officers.

The suspect’s motive remains unknown.

Abbott said two officers sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Uvalde Memorial Hospital confirmed they received 13 children for treatment.

Two additional students who arrived at UMH were deceased on arrival, the hospital said.

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.

UMH said another 66-year-old woman is in critical condition. Neither the school district nor the police department has confirmed if she was a teacher.

Police first said a heavy law enforcement presence responded to the scene but failed to elaborate.

Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin initially told Fox News that the shooting took place off-campus, but the shooter ran into the school and barricaded himself inside.

“There is an active shooter at Robb Elementary. Law enforcement is on site.” Robb Elementary tweeted shortly after noon local time.

“Your cooperation is needed at this time by not visiting the campus.”

Uvalde is about 83 miles west of San Antonio.

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