In a school shooting in Texas, 14 students and one teacher were killed.
Gov. Greg Abbott said that a shooting at an elementary school in Texas on Tuesday morning killed 14 students and one teacher.
He said that the suspected shooter, who may have had both a handgun and a rifle, was killed when police arrived at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, which is about 83 miles west of San Antonio.
"It is thought that he left his car and then went into the Uvalde Robb Elementary School with a handgun and possibly a rifle," Abbott said at a news conference.
Authorities said Tuesday afternoon that the mass casualty incident that was reported around 11:30 a.m. was no longer happening. Multiple high-level law enforcement sources said that the suspected shooter was 18-year-old Salvador Ramos.
Pete Arredondo, chief of police for the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District, said at a news conference that the investigation points to the fact that the suspect did commit this horrible crime by himself.
He said that the families of the dead were being told.
Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said on Twitter that President Joe Biden has been told about the attack and will likely talk to the country this evening.
She said, "He is praying for the families affected by this terrible event, and he will speak when he gets back to the White House this evening."
Initial reports said that 13 children were taken to the emergency room at Uvalde Memorial Hospital after the shooting at Robb Elementary, according to a Facebook statement and hospital CEO Tom Nordwick. In a phone call, the CEO said that two people had been moved and that one more move was coming up.
Nordwick also said that two people were pronounced dead before they got to the hospital. No one knew who they were or how old they were.
Abbott said that the shooter and two police officers seemed to have traded gunfire, which hurt both officers. He said that their injuries were not life-threatening.
In a tweet, San Antonio-based University Health said that it was treating a child and a 66-year-old woman who are both in critical condition. The girl, who was 10 years old, was also in very bad shape, the hospital said.
Less than an hour before the suspect was caught, the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District tweeted that there was "an active shooter" at the elementary school.
"The police are on the scene. We need your help right now, so please don't go to the campus. "As soon as we find out more, we'll let you know," the tweet said.
A Facebook post from the police department told people to stay away from the area.
Police and the school district said that students were being taken to Uvalde High School to meet up with their parents. But the school district told parents not to get their kids. "You will be told to pick up your kids once everyone has been found," the district said in an update.
Thursday is the last day of school in the district.
New FBI data released on Monday showed that the number of active shooter incidents in 2021 rose by more than 50 percent from 2020 and by nearly 97 percent from 2017.
Uvalde was founded in 1888 as a ranch and crossroads town. The census says that there are 8,921 people living there.