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18 children, 1 teacher killed in shooting at Texas elementary school, teen gunman also dead

Chris Sommerfeldt, Joseph Wilkinson and Kate Feldman, New York Daily News on

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Evidence suggests that Ramos acted alone, Uvalde School District police Chief Pete Arredondo told reporters.

“The crime scene is still being worked on, and again we’ll notify the parents and the families as soon as we have some news for them,” Arredondo said.

The shooting started around 11:30 a.m. local time, Arredondo said, triggering a district-wide lockdown. No injuries occurred at other schools. Multiple reports, which were not confirmed by law enforcement, said Ramos, a Uvalde resident, shot his grandmother and then traveled to the school to unleash horror.

Most of the victims were transported to Uvalde Memorial Hospital. Two were airlifted to University Health in San Antonio because it has a top-level trauma center.

Specific details around the shooting were not available Tuesday night, as local police spoke to the media for only a few minutes, saying the investigation was incomplete. They did not speculate on a motive for the attack.

Around 2:20 p.m. local time, parents were told they could pick their children up at the nearby civic center.

 

President Joe Biden ordered flags on federal buildings nationwide to be flown at half-staff in response to the tragedy.

“I want to put my heart out to the family members in Texas,” said New York Mayor Eric Adams, who was at NYPD headquarters to announce the arrest of a suspect in this past weekend’s subway shooting in Manhattan. “These shootings are happening far too often, and the response is not meeting the level of threat and danger that we are experiencing, not acceptable. We will never surrender our streets to violence.”

Local media outlets also mentioned the 2017 shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, where a 26-year-old dishonorably discharged Air Force veteran with a history of domestic violence fatally shot 26 people. Sutherland Springs is about 100 miles east of Uvalde, on the other side of San Antonio.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is scheduled to speak Friday in Houston at the National Rifle Association’s annual meetings, alongside former President Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz and several other conservative politicians.

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