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Details emerge in killing of 19 children, 2 teachers at Texas elementary school


People gather at Robb Elementary School, the scene of a mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, May 25, 2022.

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The 19 children and two teachers killed in Tuesday’s elementary school massacre in Texas were in the identical classroom, where the gunman — who appears to have targeted the varsity — “barricaded” himself and fired indiscriminately, law enforcement officials said Wednesday.

Those that were hurt within the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde were also injured in that one classroom, Texas Department of Public Safety spokesperson Lt. Chris Olivarez told CNN.

The shooter, identified by multiple senior law enforcement officials as Salvador Rolando Ramos, 18, “was capable of make entry right into a classroom, barricaded himself inside that classroom, and again, just began shooting, quite a few children and teachers who were in that classroom, having no regard for human life,” Olivarez said Wednesday on NBC’s “TODAY” show.

He “just began shooting anyone that was in his way,” he added.

Olivarez, a father, called Ramos a “complete, evil person.”

Officers who were first to the scene heard the gunfire and attempted to get in but were met with a barrage of bullets, he said. A few of them were hit.

Unable to right away put a stop to the carnage within the classroom, officers worked to evacuate students and staff from other parts of the constructing.

Off-duty border patrol agent involved in killing gunman, sources say

An off-duty U.S. Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol Tactical Unit agent and two law enforcement officers entered the varsity while the gunman was still firing, two law enforcement sources said.

They were capable of kill the shooter as he continued to fireside from behind a barricade, the sources said. A CBP agent was wounded but not fatally.

Many agents live in Uvalde and have connections with the varsity. Each on- and off-duty border patrol personnel arrived on the scene to transfer students to safety, a Department of Homeland Security spokesperson said.

It’s unclear what number of students, staff and law enforcement officers were injured. University Hospital in San Antonio said that a 66-year-old woman and a 10-year-old girl listed in critical condition Tuesday were in serious condition Wednesday. A ten-year-old girl stays in good condition, and a 9-year-old girl previously listed in fair condition is now in good condition. The youngsters’s families are with them, in keeping with the hospital.

Uvalde Memorial Hospital received 14 patients, 11 of whom were described as children ages 8 to 10, CEO Tom Nordwick said Tuesday evening. 4 have been released, and two, a male and a female, were dead on arrival, Nordwick said.

Brooke Army Medical Center at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston said that two adults listed in critical condition Tuesday were in serious condition Wednesday.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the patients, families and the community of Uvalde,” the ability said in a tweet.

On this aerial view, law enforcement works on scene at Robb Elementary School where not less than 21 people were killed yesterday, including 19 children, on May 25, 2022 in Uvalde, Texas.

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The bodies of those killed have been faraway from the varsity, Olivarez said Wednesday. All of their families have been notified.

Shooter appears to have targeted school, but motive is unclear

The gunman shot his grandmother, who was hospitalized in critical condition, before he drove toward the varsity.

He crashed the vehicle near Robb Elementary, but multiple senior local and federal law enforcement officials briefed by Texas authorities said the violence was not carried out on a whim. The varsity appears to have been targeted, they said.

The shooter legally owned two AR-15 style long rifles, a Smith & Wesson M&P15 and a Daniel Defense DDM4 V7. He left one behind and carried one other into the varsity.

He also was wearing not less than a tactical vest, but it surely’s unclear if he was wearing body armor, Olivarez told MSNBC. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is working with investigators, who are attempting to acquire video from inside the varsity.

The shooter had no adult criminal history and investigators are having trouble finding any trace of friends, Olivarez added. He purchased the rifles shortly after his birthday, officials said.

He had attended highschool within the close-knit community, about 85 miles west of San Antonio.

Juan Alvarez, 62, who has been in a relationship with the shooter’s mother for a couple of 12 months and lives together with her, said Ramos left the house about two months ago after he and his mom had an intense argument after she disconnected the Wi-Fi. The 2 would often fight, he said.

“He was type of a weird one. I never got together with him. I never socialized with him. He doesn’t discuss with no person,” Alvarez said. “Whenever you attempt to discuss with him he’d just sit there and walk away.”

The shooter’s grandfather told ABC News he had no idea his grandson had purchased rifles or that they were in his house.

Since the grandfather, 72-year-old Rolando Reyes, is a felon, he cannot live in a house with firearms, in keeping with the news outlet. If he had known, Reyes would have turned his grandson in, he told ABC News.

Third grader, 4 fourth graders, 2 teachers amongst victims

Eva Mireles, who taught fourth grade, had been an educator for 17 years, in keeping with her profile at Robb Elementary. Mireles was “attempting to protect her students” from the gunman, a relative told The Recent York Times.

Mireles’ co-teacher, Irma Garcia, was killed, in keeping with her son, Christian Garcia. Irma Garcia taught at the varsity for 23 years, in keeping with her school profile.

4 fourth-graders were also among the many dead, relatives confirmed to news outlets.

Uziyah Garcia was identified by his aunt, Nikki Cross, NBC Dallas-Fort Value reported.

Xavier Lopez, 10, had been at an awards ceremony together with his mother hours before the shooting, KSAT reported.

The daddy of Amerie Jo Garza identified her to NBC News as considered one of the victims. She was about to complete fourth grade, in keeping with KSAT.

Amerie Jo was shot dialing 911 in an effort to assist her classmates, her grandmother, Berlinda Irene Arreola, told The Every day Beast.

Christopher Salazar confirmed to The Washington Post his nephew, Jose Flores Jr., 10, was also killed. He was a fourth grader at Robb Elementary School who loved to play baseball, in keeping with Salazar.

Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez, 10, a 3rd grade student was killed, members of the family told KHOU of Houston.

“I’ll miss you baby Jose, i still cannot imagine this happened my heart is broken just hearing them tell us your gone,” Salazar wrote in a Facebook post.

The opposite children who were killed weren’t immediately identified.

Abbott offers update on shooting

Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott provided an update Wednesday afternoon on the state’s response to the shooting.

Abbott held a news conference at Uvalde High School at 12:30 p.m. local time following a briefing on the shooting. 

The governor was joined by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick; Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan; Republican Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz; and other politicians and officials.

Uvalde Police Chief Daniel Rodriguez; Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Police Chief Pete Arredondo; and Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw were also in attendance.

It is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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