18 children and 3 adults dead in Uvalde elementary school shooting

Most students at the school are Hispanic and considered economically disadvantaged

By: - May 24, 2022 5:28 pm
Robb Elementary School

Children got on a school bus as law enforcement personnel guarded the scene of a shooting May 24, 2022, near Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. (Marco Bello/REUTERS)

14 children and 1 teacher dead in Uvalde elementary school shooting” was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.

The Texas Department of Public Safety confirmed to The Texas Tribune that 18 children and three adults are dead after the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde County on Tuesday. Others were also injured.

Gov. Greg Abbott said the shooter is dead and is believed to have been killed by responding officers. The shooter acted alone, said Pete Arredondo, Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District chief of police.

“What happened in Uvalde is a horrific tragedy that cannot be tolerated in the state of Texas,” Abbott said.

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Two hospitals in the area are treating those injured in the shooting. Uvalde Memorial Hospital told The Texas Tribune it had received 13 children and one adult from ambulances and buses. Two patients arrived at the hospital dead. Two children have since been transferred to San Antonio for treatment, while a third is pending transfer.

University Health in San Antonio is providing care for two patients connected to the shooting. The 66-year-old woman and the 10-year-old girl are in critical condition.

Abbott identified the shooter as Salvador Ramos, an 18-year-old Uvalde resident. The man abandoned his vehicle and entered Robb Elementary with a handgun and possibly a rifle, the governor said. The shooting started around 11:32 a.m., Arredondo said.

Abbott also said that Ramos reportedly shot his grandmother before going into the school. No other details were immediately available on that shooting.

Uvalde is about 85 miles west of San Antonio.

President Joe Biden has been briefed on the shooting and has spoken with Abbott to offer his assistance, White House officials said.

Robb Elementary teaches second, third and fourth grade students. The school had 535 students in the 2020-2021 school year, most of them Hispanic and considered economically disadvantaged. Uvalde itself is a predominantly Hispanic town.

Students were transported to the city’s civic center, and parents have been cleared to pick up their children. Earlier Tuesday, the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District had placed all campuses under lockdown after gunshots were fired in the area.

With Tuesday’s shooting, there have been eight shootings in Texas since 2009 in which at least four victims were killed. It is among the deadliest school shootings in the state, and the Associated Press reports it is the deadliest at a public school since the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

Eighteen people were killed in the University of Texas tower shooting in 1966. Ten people were killed and 13 others were injured southeast of Houston in the 2018 Santa Fe High School shooting.

Abbott, along with former President Donald Trump and U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, is scheduled to talk Friday at the National Rifle Association’s 2022 annual meeting.

Alexa Ura contributed to this story.

This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at texastribune.org/2022/05/24/uvalde-texas-school-shooting/.

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Editor’s note: This story was updated at 5:55 p.m., May 24, 2022, to reflect new information about the number of victims in the shooting.

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Sneha Dey, The Texas Tribune
Sneha Dey, The Texas Tribune

Sneha Dey joined The Texas Tribune full time in 2022 after working in our newsroom as a reporting fellow. She is a graduate of Northwestern University, where she studied journalism, legal studies and creative writing. The New York native has previously worked for the Chicago Sun-Times, NPR and Chalkbeat. She has also served as editor in chief of The Daily Northwestern.

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