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19 children, 2 adults killed in mass shooting at Texas elementary school

Christian Martinez, Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Jenny Jarvie and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times on

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HOUSTON — A gunman walked into a Texas school Tuesday and killed at least 21 people, including 19 children, in another mass shooting in an America that daily buries victims of gun violence amid divisive political debates over Second Amendment rights and the gaze of disbelief from the outside world.

The killings in the predominately Latino city of Uvalde were — as happens so often — the work of a lone man who took unsuspecting lives in a barrage of gunfire.

Officials say Salvador Ramos, 18, carrying a handgun and possibly a rifle, entered Robb Elementary School in the working-class city of about 16,000 people approximately 80 miles west of San Antonio.

“He shot and killed — horrifically, incomprehensibly,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said.

Police officers are believed to have killed the gunman, who had been a student at a nearby high school, Abbott said.

Pete Arredondo, police chief of the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District, said Tuesday afternoon that investigators believed that “the suspect did act alone during this heinous crime.”


Ramos shot and wounded his grandmother before he arrived at the elementary school, according to a law enforcement source.

Clad in all black, Ramos was captured on a security camera approaching the school carrying at least one visible weapon. Investigators searched a black SUV that the gunman abandoned near the school moments before the shooting and federal and local law enforcement are conducting searches at his home and other addresses associated with his family.

The attack is the deadliest mass shooting at a U.S. elementary school since a gunman killed 20 children and six adults in the 2012 Sandy Hook school attack in Newtown, Connecticut.

On Tuesday evening, parents and grandparents gathered at the SSGT Willie de Leon Civic Center, many in tears and with red eyes, to learn whether their loved ones were safe.


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