Ashley Nash, Deseret News
Updates from the tragic mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, which took the lives of 19 students and two teachers.
19 children, 2 teachers are confirmed dead
The grim death toll from Tuesday’s school shooting now includes 19 children and two teachers, in addition to the shooter.
All the deaths took place in a single classroom, according to a spokesperson for the Texas Department for Public Safety.
“Just goes to show you the complete evil from this shooter,” Lt. Chris Olivarez told CNN.
Officials also confirmed that the shooter, 18-year-old Salvador Rolando Ramos, wore body armor and carried a rifle. He barricaded himself inside the classroom, according to CNN.
According to The Washington Post, the shooter “was a lonely 18-year-old who was bullied over a childhood speech impediment, suffered from a fraught home life and lashed out violently against peers and strangers recently and over the years, friends and relatives said.”
President Biden says, ‘We have to act’
President Joe Biden addressed the massacre in remarks on Tuesday, saying the following:
- “I had hoped when I became president I would not have to do this. Again. Another massacre.”
- “There’s a lot we don’t know yet. There’s a lot we do know. But parents who will never see their child again, never have them jump in bed and cuddle with them. Parents who will never be the same. To lose a child is like having a piece of your soul ripped away.”
- “I am sick and tired of it. We have to act. And don’t tell me we can’t have an impact on this carnage.”
- The president says that while we can’t prevent every tragedy, common-sense gun laws “work and have positive impact.”
School shooting in Uvalde, Texas
Tuesday, May 24
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced that 18 students and one adult are dead after a shooting took place at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday afternoon, according to The New York Times.
The governor had previously stated that 14 students had been killed in the shooting, per CBS Austin.
The governor confirmed the shooter to be 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, a student at Uvalde High School, reported ABC News.
Authorities stated in a press conference that the shooter acted alone, according to The New York Times.
It is believed that Ramos abandoned his vehicle and entered the school with a handgun and possibly a rifle, according to CBS Austin. The shooter was killed by officers.
The shooter allegedly also shot and killed his grandmother before going to the school, according to ABC. Two responding officers were also injured but are expected to survive.
Parents were instructed to stay away from the school at this time. The district stated that children need to be accounted for before they can be released into their parents’ care, The New York Times reported.
Sen. John Cornyn of Texas stated, “We’re still trying to get a clear picture of what happened and what the motivation was,” per The New York Times.
The last day of school was supposed to be on Thursday, according to the school district’s calendar. The school will be cancelling all further events, CNN reports.
“When parents drop their kids off at school, they have every expectation to know that they’re going to be able to pick their child up when that school day ends. And there are families who are in mourning right now,” said Gov. Abbott via ABC. “The state of Texas is in mourning with them for the reality that these parents are not going to be able to pick up their children.”
Robb Elementary is located in Uvalde County, Texas, about 80 miles west of San Antonio, per CNN. The school teaches students that are in 2nd through 4th grades, with about 535 students.
The case is still in its early stages and authorities will release more information later today.