Refresh for update … Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says 14 students and a teacher were killed in a shooting at an elementary school west of San Antonio today. He further confirmed that the 18-year-old gunman was shot dead by officers at Ulved Ross Primary School.
Officials at a nearby university hospital said a 10-year-old girl and a 66-year-old woman were being treated there and that the condition of at least one elderly woman was serious. Most of the injured were taken to Ulved Memorial Hospital.
It was the deadliest school shooting in the United States since February 2018, when 14 students and three children were killed at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in FL Parkland.
Abbott said the shooter – a U.S. resident he identified but would not be dead – left his car and entered the school with a handgun and possibly a rifle. He added that two officers were also wounded in the gunfight but were not seriously injured.
“What happened in Uvalade is a terrible tragedy that cannot be tolerated in the state of Texas,” the governor said. “[The gunman] Shot dead – horribly, incomprehensibly – killed 14 students and a teacher. … When parents drop their children off at school, they know they can pick up their child when the school day is over. There are families who are mourning now. ”
Cable news outlets have gone to school about 85 miles west of San Antonio to cover horrific crime. It has an enrollment of about 600 students. Independent schools gathered in Uvalade in the incident were kept in the district lockdown.
The shooting came 10 days after a man shot and killed 10 people at a supermarket in Buffalo, NY.
More to come.