One father, Brandon Elrod, choked back tears as he told ABC News that he was still searching for his 10-year-old daughter.
“Pretty sad,” he said. “Really sad. I don’t know what this world is coming to.”
“This is just a very sad time for them,” Uvalde County Commissioner Ronald Garza said of the families who waited for information. “They’re scared. They’re kind of in a state of shock.”
Garza asked the public to pray for Uvalde and “for peace, for understanding.”
“Everybody’s heartbroken and stunned,” said Uvalde County Commissioner John Yeackle.
“It’s a small town, so no one is going to be unaffected,” he added. “There won’t be anybody that doesn’t know — either directly or indirectly — either family or friends that are going to be affected by this.”
At least two officers were struck by the shooter’s gunfire, and one has a wound, according to a law enforcement source.
Uvalde Memorial Hospital received 17 injured children via ambulance or school bus, two of them dead on arrival, according to hospital Chief Executive Tom Nordwick.
Nordwick said the hospital also treated a man in his mid-40s who had suffered minor injuries in the shooting.
“He just said, ‘Treat the kids,’” Nordwick said Tuesday afternoon, adding that 12 children were still being treated in the ER. He couldn’t say what their conditions were.