Huston (The Times Groupe)- A gunman opened fire at an elementary school in Texas, killing 18 students and three adults, Texas State Senator Roland Gutierrez said Tuesday.
“I cannot imagine how devastating it would be to send your child to school in the morning only to not see them return,” Gutierrez told CNN.
Shooting occurred at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, about 83 miles (133 kilometers) west of San Antonio.
“He shot and killed 14 students and a teacher in a horrifying, incomprehensible manner,” said Texas Gov. Greg Abbott at an earlier news conference.
“It is believed that the suspect abandoned his vehicle and entered the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde with a handgun, and he may have also had a rifle,” Abbott said.
The shooter has been identified as Salvador Romas from Uvalde, and police have exchanged gunfire with him, killing him. Before the massacre at the school, the shooter wounded his grandmother.
“Mr. Romas the shooter…he himself is deceased,” said Abbott.
The Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District issued a statement on Twitter immediately following the shooting at about noon local time.
“There is an active shooter at Robb Elementary,” it read. Law enforcement is on the scene. The statement stated that “your cooperation is needed at this time by not visiting the campus.”.
“Our hearts keep getting broken. Every time a tragedy like this happens, our hearts break and our broken hearts are nothing compared to the broken hearts of those families,” said Vice President Kamala Harris in an address in Washington, D.C.
After the shooting, President Joe Biden ordered the US flag to be flown at half-staff at the White House and on all public buildings, as well as at all military posts and naval stations.