A reported 21 people were killed in an attack by a lone gunman at an elementary school in the small town of Uvalde, Texas. At least 19 students and two adults were among the casualties.
The gunman was killed by police, according to local law enforcement officials.
The attack at Robb Elementary occurred just two days before summer break. The school taught students in grades 2 through 4 and around 600 students attended.
Uvalde, Texas, is a community of around 16,000 people. Most of whom are Hispanic. The town sits about 85 miles west of San Antonio.
The 18-year-old gunman attended Uvalde High School, which had its graduation set for this coming Friday. Law enforcement said he acted alone. It is now known that the shooter bought at least two assault rifles shortly after his 18th birthday. Which shouldn’t have been allowed at all, but it was.
It’s believed that the shooter abandoned his vehicle and entered into the school with a weapon.
The suspect also allegedly shot his grandmother before going to Robb Elementary.
A Border Patrol agent shot the school gunman
Local officers asked for backup after engaging with the gunman. A Border Patrol tactical unit responded to the scene, and one of its agents shot and killed the suspect, according to a source with the agency.
The school year is over
Graduation for the local high school is postponed for now, according to the Uvalde Consolidated School District Superintendent Hal Harrell. He spoke during a second press conference Tuesday.
Harrell clarified the district’s school year is done, following the shooting, and that all other events are canceled.
Grief counseling is going to be provided for students and their families starting Wednesday morning at the local civic center.
Several of the patients had to be transferred to trauma centers in San Antonio for further treatment, Nordwick said. Early Tuesday evening, local hospitals and other organizations put out a call for blood donors to respond to the tragedy.
Biden ordered flags to be flown at half-staff at the White House and other government buildings following news of the tragedy.