18-year-old high school student, Salvador Ramos shot his grandmother at her home before going to Robb Elementary School in Uvalde; San Antonio, Texas, on Tuesday May 24, armed with a handgun and a rifle and killing fourteen Elementary School children.
Ramos, a resident of the community engaged border patrol agents who were trying to arrest him for the incident with his grandmother, in a shootout; before running into the school and barricading himself inside. He later opened fire on the students, killing 14 children and a teacher and wounding several others.
He was later shot dead by law enforcement agents.
Governor Greg Abbott named 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, a student at Uvalde High School, as the gunman who opened fire at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon.
His student victims were aged between seven and 11, CNN’s Ed Lavandera reported.
‘He shot and killed – horrifically and incomprehensibly – 14 students and killed a teacher,’ Abbott said at a press briefing.
‘There are families that are in mourning right now. And the state of Texas is in mourning with them.’
It was the deadliest such incident since 14 high school students and three adult staff were killed in Parkland, Florida in 2018 – and the worst at an elementary school since the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting in Connecticut, in which 20 children and six staff were killed.
Ramos’s social media was full of photos of guns. He messaged a stranger on Instagram, tagging her in a photo of the guns.
‘I got lil secret. I wanna tell you,’ one message said.
‘Be grateful I tagged you,’ he wrote.
She replied: ‘No it’s just scary…’
Robb Elementary School, which has 600 students enrolled, is located in the city of Uvalde, hometown of Matthew McConaughey, 60 miles east of the Mexican border and 80 miles west of San Antonio.
Ramos, equipped with a handgun and possibly a rifle, allegedly shot his grandmother, whose condition is not yet known, before entering the school and opening fire, Abbott said.
The shooting started around 11:32am.
Photos show a pickup truck that crashed outside the school, which, according to Abbott, Ramos abandoned before entering the school.
He was involved in a gunfight with border patrol agents who arrived on the scene. One of the agents was injured, but is expected to survive.
Additionally, thirteen children are being treated at the Uvalde Memorial emergency room as well as a 45-year-old man who suffered a ‘graze.’
University Health San Antonio also confirmed they received a child whose condition is currently unknown and a 66-year-old woman who is critical condition.