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Everything We Know So Far About The Texas Mass Shooting, 19 Kids Killed

A horrible mass shooting happened in Texas at Robb Elementary School on May 24. Reports say the school is heavily hispanic. Governor Greg Abbott identified the gunman as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, and he killed 19 children and two adults, according to Sgt. Erick Estrada of the Texas Department of Public Safety. The children ranged in age from 7 to 10, according to sources.

Ramos went from classroom to classroom in a rampage, BBC reports Ramos had a handgun, an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and high-capacity magazines. CBS reports Ramos wore body armour as he carried out the viscous attack. ABC says Ramos killed his grandmother before entering the school. Reuters reports he acted alone. The motive for the tragic massacre is not immediately known.

Yesterday (May 24) during a news brief, Govenor Abbott said Ramos was believed to have been killed by responding officers on the scene. A news source says Ramos was killed by a Border Patrol agent who rushed into the school without waiting for backup, according to a law enforcement official. The outlet also says, Ramos “hinted on social media that an attack could be coming, according to state Sen. Roland Gutierrez, who said he had been briefed by state police. He noted that the gunman “suggested the kids should watch out,” and that he had bought two ‘assault weapons’ after turning 18.”

The elementary school holds 600 students. During the madness, other children were taken to Uvalde High School to be reunited with their parents. Abbott also said, “When parents drop their kids off at school, they have every expectation to know that they’re going to be able to pick their child up when that school day ends. And there are families who are in mourning right now,” Abbott said. “The state of Texas is in mourning with them for the reality that these parents are not going to be able to pick up their children.

The governor also said two responding officers were hit with bullets when they exchanged gunfire with the shooter. Thankfully, they sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Two people from the incident are in critical condition, ABC points out. According to the report, University Health in San Antonio has two patients there, a 66-year-old woman and a 10-year-old girl. Uvalde Memorial Hospital said there are 15 students being treated in the ER.  

The mass shooting at Robb Elementary School is in a predominantly Latino town of Uvalde  and was the deadliest shooting at a U.S. school since a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012.

“My heart is broken today,” said Hal Harrell, the school district superintendent. “We’re a small community, and we’re going to need your prayers to get through this.”

Our hearts are with the victims. The Guardian reports all of the victims were in the same classroom. 

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