Texas shooting: what do we know about the elementary school massacre? | American News


Nineteen children and two teachers were killed after a gunman opened fire on an elementary school in Texas – what do we know so far about what happened?

On Tuesday, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos was in a car accident before entering Robb Elementary School in the town of Uvalde, about 80 miles west of San Antonio.

Texas Department of Public Safety Sergeant Erick Estrada told CNN that Ramos crashed a truck believed to be his into a ditch near the school, which he tried to drive into.

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He added that the shooter was wearing a bulletproof vest and allegedly shot his grandmother, who is in critical condition, before entering the school.

Law enforcement tried to engage but Ramos unfortunately entered the school where he walked through “several” classrooms and started shooting.

He was armed with a handgun and possibly a rifle.

Officials said Ramos, a student at Uvalde High School, died and is believed to have died after being shot by police officers.

Salvador Ramos Pic: Texas Department of Public Safety
Salvador Ramos. Photo: Texas Department of Public Safety

Police said Ramos acted alone and they were not looking for any other suspects.

Officials did not immediately disclose a motive, but the governor identified Ramos and said he was a resident of the heavily Latino community about 135 miles west of San Antonio.

The victims

Fourth-grade teacher Eva Mireles was killed in a shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
Fourth-grade teacher Eva Mireles is the first victim named in the shooting

19 children and two teachers were killed in the shoot.

The first victim named in the attack is Eva Mireles, a fourth-grade teacher, who has a daughter and was married to a police officer.

Ms Mireles’ aunt, Lydia Martinez Delgado, described her niece as “the fun of the party”.

San Antonio University Hospital said it was treating four patients from the shooting, including:

  • Nine-year-old girl in ‘fair condition’

  • A 10-year-old girl in “good condition”

  • 10-year-old girl in ‘critical condition’

  • 66-year-old woman in “critical condition”

What did people say?

Senator Chris Murphy
Senator Chris Murphy gave an impassioned speech on gun violence

US officials, politicians and other notable figures have spoken out against the attack.

Joe Biden called the attack a “massacre” and urged Congress to stand up to the gun lobby.

Meanwhile, former President Barack Obama echoed that message and said the United States was “crippled” by “a gun lobby.”

US Senator Chris Murphy, who came to Congress to represent Sandy Hook, gave an impassioned speech pleading with politicians to “find a way forward here”.

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