In an interview with CNN on Tuesday, Sgt. Erick Estrada of the Texas Dept. of Public Safety, said there were two separate shootings that took place.
According to Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, the shooter identified as Uvalde resident Salvador Romas is dead.
“It is believed that responding officers killed him,” Abbott said.
Speaking on the incident, Sgt. Estrada said; “The first incident was involving the suspect at their grandmother’s residence, where he shot the grandmother, and then the grandmother was airlifted.”
The second incident, which Estrada said was initially called in as a crash “and a man with a firearm outside [Robb Elementary] school premises,” resulted in the shooting deaths of at least 21 people.
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“The suspect did crash near a ditch here nearby the school. That’s where he exited his vehicle with [what] I believe was as rifle,” Estrada said.
“What got reported was that a man with a gun had crashed nearby the Robb Elementary School,” he later added. “He was observed exiting the vehicle with his own rifle and a backpack. He also had body armor with him.”
“There were several law enforcement that engaged the suspect, but he was able to make entry into the school where he did go into several classrooms, and unfortunately he did fire his firearm inside the school premises,” the sergeant said.
“Then he was met with another tactical law enforcement agency, which ultimately were able to bring him down,” he added.
It was unclear how many people, in addition to those killed, were injured in the shooting. Uvalde police said there were “several injuries.”
Reacting to the shooting, President Joe Biden issued a an eight-minute address. He said; “I had hoped when I became president I would not have to do this again, another massacre in Uvalde, Texas. An elementary school. Beautiful, innocent second, third, and fourth graders. How many scores of little children who witnessed what happened, see their friends die, as if they’re in a battlefield for God’s sake.
“I am sick and tired of it. We have to act. And don’t tell me we can’t have an impact on this carnage. I spent my career as a senator and vice president working to pass common sense gun laws,” he added.
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Robb Elementary School has an enrollment of just under 600 students. It’s part of the tight-knit, heavily Latino community of Uvalde County, where about 25,000 people live.
“All these families are at a loss for everything that’s happened, this is a small town, a small community,” the grandmother of a fifth-grade boy who was shot in the leg told KENS 5. She said the boy was scared but doing fine.
“He just says he remembers it sounded like fireworks going off,” she said.
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