Killed Identified As 14 Children And One Teacher Killed In Mass Shooting At Primary School In Texas
Fourteen children and a teacher have been killed in a mass shooting today at a primary school in Texas, the state governor has said. The killer has been identified in what is the deadliest school shooting in the history of Texas.
Today's attack took place at Robb Elementary School in the city of Uvalde, approximately 80 miles west of San Antonio.
Governor Greg Abbott identified the gunman as Salvador Ramos, an 18-year-old who lived in the city and entered the school carrying either a handgun or possibly a rifle.
The gunman is dead and is believed to have been killed by police officers who responded to the incident, Mr Abbott said.
He told a news briefing, "He shot and killed horrifically, incomprehensibly, 14 students and killed a teacher."
The University Hospital in San Antonio said a 66-year-old woman was in a critical condition and more than a dozen children were taken to Uvalde Memorial Hospital.
The White House has confirmed that President Joe Biden has been briefed on today's shooting and will speak later this evening.
The children that attend Robb Elementary are around the ages of five to 11 years old.
The Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District said earlier that all schools in the district were locked down because of gunshots in the area.
This mass shooting comes less than two weeks after a gunman opened fire in a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, killing 10 black people in what authorities have described as a hate crime.
Today's horrific attack is the deadliest school shooting in Texas history.