Salvador Ramos kills at least 20 at Texas Elementary School

An 18-year-old Texas high school student allegedly shot his grandmother before walking to a nearby elementary school, abandoned his car, and then killed several students and at least one teacher. That comes from comments by State Sen. Roland Gutierrez (D) to CNN on Tuesday evening.

The death toll was as many as 18 children and three adults as of Tuesday night, according to comments Gutierrez told ABC News. It was unclear if the shooter was one of the three adults. Citing Sgt. Eric Estrada CNN from the Texas Department of Public Safety said the death toll was 18 children and one adult.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said earlier Tuesday that the shooter he and other authorities identified as the gunman Salvador Rolando RamosHe, a US citizen, was also dead.

When the governor first released details about the shooting, the number of children killed was 14.

Ramos wounded two officers, the governor said, but their injuries are reportedly not life-threatening. Police officers are believed to have killed Ramos.

The identities of the victims have not been officially released.

The governor later tweeted a short message.

“There is an active shooter at Robb Elementary,” the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District tweeted Tuesday, May 24 at 12:17 p.m. Central Time.

The school is about an hour and a half west of San Antonio. It is halfway between the latter city and the Mexican border town of Del Rio.

Uvalde Memorial Hospital wrote on Facebook that it “admitted 13 children by ambulance or bus for treatment”.

“Two children have been transferred to San Antonio and one child is pending transfer,” the hospital said in the early afternoon. “Two people who arrived at UMH had died. No details are available. Please refrain from coming to the hospital at this time.”

The hospital first announced that immediate family members of patients being treated could gather in a hospital cafeteria and that staff would be in “constant communication” with the family.

On Tuesday evening, the hospital asked for emergency blood donations.

University Health in San Antonio tweeted that it received two patients: a 10-year-old girl and a 66-year-old woman. Both were in critical condition, the hospital said after assessing their medical condition.

By evening, the hospital said it had admitted a third patient, who it described as being in good condition.

The Uvadale Police Department said during a brief and hasty news conference that the school housed second, third and fourth graders. Police said the suspect was dead and acted alone.

The shooting reportedly began at 11:32 a.m

Earlier in the afternoon, police simply said the gunman was “in police custody” as of 1:06 am.

president Joe Biden quoted Scripture in a White House speech Tuesday night.

“Where in God’s name is our backbone to have the courage to confront and stand up to the lobbies?” Biden asked.

“I’m sick of it,” the president said of mass shootings. “We have to take action. And don’t tell me we can’t control this slaughter.”

Attorney General Merrick garland called the incident an “act of unspeakable violence” that “devastated an entire community and shook our country.”

“FBI and ATF agents have responded to the scene, and the Justice Department is committed to providing full support to our local Texas law enforcement partners and the Uvalde community,” Garland said. “We join our fellow Americans in mourning this terrible loss and in their determination to end this senseless violence.”

This is an evolving story. It has been updated many times and may be updated again.

[Editor’s note:  the spelling of the shooter’s last name has been corrected to “Ramos.”  The governor originally pronounced it as “Romas.”]

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