Nineteen children are dead after a Tuesday morning shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, according to authorities.
The total death toll, as of Tuesday evening, had risen to 21, including two teachers. Eva Mireles, a fourth grade teacher at Robb Elementary School, was identified as one of the victims. The gunman, identified as Salvador Ramos, an 18-year-old high school student from Uvalde, was killed by law enforcement at the school.
TEACHER KILLED IN TEXAS SCHOOL SHOOTING IDENTIFIED
Several other people were injured and transported to hospitals for treatment.
Gov. Greg Abbott first identified Ramos as the suspected shooter and said it was believed he shot his grandmother before driving to Robb Elementary School, got out of the car, and opened fire. The shooter had a handgun and possibly a rifle, Abbott also noted, and was killed by law enforcement. A motive remains unknown at this time.
"Texans across the state are grieving for the victims of this senseless crime and for the community of Uvalde," Abbott said in a printed statement that followed. "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. 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."
JUST IN: Gov. Greg Abbott gives an update on the school shooting in Uvalde. INFO: https://t.co/rhVwftZh2Y pic.twitter.com/4JSRU5FQlR— CBS Austin (@cbsaustin) May 24, 2022
President Joe Biden was briefed on the shooting and delivered remarks on it Tuesday evening. Biden also ordered the flag at the White House, as well as at other government and military buildings, to be lowered to half-staff as a "mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence."
Texas state Sen. Roland Gutierrez, citing a briefing with the Texas Rangers, told CNN he heard the grandmother is still alive, "holding on" to life, after being airlifted to a hospital in San Antonio. Earlier, Maverick County Sheriff Tom Schmerber told the Washington Examiner he heard the grandmother had died.
#BREAKING: Texas State Senator Roland Gutierrez (D) -- who represents Uvalde, Texas where the elementary school shooting took place -- says on CNN that the death toll is now *21* people, including 18 children. pic.twitter.com/0eF5PXhJMx— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) May 24, 2022
"There was an active shooter. The active shooter was shot. A grandmother was killed and some other personnel in the school," he said before Abbott's press conference. The suspect was not a smuggler or migrant but a local, who had a girlfriend who resided in the town, Schmerber also said.
Uvalde is a town of roughly 15,000 people, situated between San Antonio and Del Rio. The town is also dozens of miles away from the U.S.-Mexico border and has a Border Patrol station.
#Uvalde is a town of 15,000. County has 27,000.— Anna Giaritelli (@Anna_Giaritelli) May 24, 2022
It's between 25-55 miles from the US-Mexico border.
It's remote. Border Patrol has a station in town. Lately it's seen police pursuits of human smugglers.
Today it was where 14 people at Robb elementary school were fatally shot. pic.twitter.com/SDf1UlIXAr
Last month, Don McLaughlin, the mayor of Uvalde, said the Border Patrol walked back its plans to release migrants into the town after local officials vowed to take up Abbott's offer to bus them to Washington, D.C.
Earlier on Tuesday, before Abbott's statements, Uvalde Memorial Hospital reported 13 children arriving at the facility to receive treatment after the shooting at Robb Elementary School. Two individuals who were brought to the hospital were dead on arrival, according to the hospital's Facebook page.
CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER
The hospital also had said in a prior post that the person believed to be the school shooter was in custody, stirring some early confusion about his condition.