All of the victims of the Texas elementary school shooting were in a classroom, according to a state public safety official.
The gunman barricaded himself inside a classroom, “shooting anyone who got in his way,” the official said.
Police and others responding to Tuesday’s attack smashed the school’s windows in an effort to allow students and teachers inside to escape, Department of Health Lt. Christopher Olivarez said. Texas Public Safety at NBC’s Today.
Olivarez told CNN that all of the victims were in the same fourth-grade class (ages 9 to 10) at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, located about 80 miles west of San Antonio.
Salvador Ramos, 18, entered the school after exchanging gunfire with authorities and after shooting his grandmother.
A total of 21 people were killed, including two teachers and 19 children. Some the victims of the shooting have been named.
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Olivarez said police tried to enter the school building but were “meeted by gunfire” and some were shot.
He continued: “At that point they started breaking the windows around the school, trying to evacuate the children, the teachers, whoever they could, trying to get them out of that building, of this school.”
“A totally diabolical person”
The shooter, he said, was then able to enter a classroom and barricade himself inside.
“He just started shooting many children and teachers who were in that classroom, having no respect for human life, just a totally evil person,” he said.
“At that time, we brought in a tactical law enforcement team, consisting of several federal officers, local officers as well as state troopers, who were able to force their way into that room. classroom.
“They were also shot, but they were able to shoot and kill this suspect.”
However, several children in the class survived the shooting with injuries, Olivarez told Fox News.
“I don’t have the exact number at the moment,” he added.
Ramos was eventually shot by law enforcement officers, after committing America’s deadliest school massacre since the attack on Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut in 2012, where 27 people were killed.
Members of the Uvalde community arrived early Wednesday at the civic center – the place where families had learned the fate of their loved ones the previous night.
Volunteers arrived with Bibles and therapy dogs.
A minister said he prayed with families of victims in a hospital waiting room.
President Joe Biden expressed his exasperation with “another massacre” and said it was ‘time to act’ as he addressed the nation.
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