Mass Shooting At Robb Elementary In Uvalde

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Updated at 1:00 p.m.

Beto O'Rourke disrupted Texas Governor Greg Abbott's briefing on the Uvalde deadly school shooting. The Democrat walked toward the dais in Uvalde to blame the Republican for the attack. He was escorted out after being cursed at by those on stage. Abbott told reporters a short time later it wasn't time to make political points, but come together. Fellow Republicans Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and House Speaker Dade Phelan criticized O'Rourke for walking up to the stage.

Updated at 12:45 p.m.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott says a Border Patrol officer killed the gunman in yesterday's school shooting in Uvalde. The governor said the situation could've been worse if it wasn't for law enforcement quickly responding and running into danger.

Updated at 10:00 a.m.

The Senate Republican leader says the nation is "sickened and outraged" by the deadly mass shooting at an elementary school in Texas. Speaking on the Senate floor, Kentucky's Mitch McConnell called it an act of senseless violence. He said the "entire nation's hearts are broken for the victims and for their families." McConnell added, "Words simply fail."

McConnell referred to the gunman as a "maniac" and a "deranged young man." The shooter was killed by police. McConnell noted innocent children were "murdered for no reason at all." He made no reference to renewed calls by Democrats for passage of new gun legislation.

Updated at 9:00 a.m.

The deadly school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, took place in one classroom. That's according to a Texas Department of Public Safety spokesperson. Lieutenant Chris Olivarez said the 18-year-old shooter barricaded himself in one room at Robb Elementary School Tuesday, killing 19 children and two teachers. He noted multiple children were wounded inside the classroom, but there wasn't an exact number yet. Authorities are still working to determine if the elementary school was a target, with Olivarez adding there are still "a lot of unanswered questions."

Updated at 8:45 a.m.

The man accused of killing 19 children and two adults at a Texas elementary school laid his plans out for a random woman on social media. That's according to TMZ which says the private messages on Instagram were sent to a woman in Los Angeles weeks before he acted on his plan. After tagging the woman in photos of his automatic rifles, he told her he had a secret to tell her, but never completely revealed his intentions. The young woman insists she had no idea what the man was capable of and only engaged him in messages to try and deter him from committing a horrible act.

Updated at 8:30 a.m.

The suspect in a deadly South Texas school shooting did not have on body armor. The Texas Department of Public Safety says the 18-year-old was wearing a plate carrier which was empty during yesterday's attack at Robb Elementary in Uvalde. Plate carriers are vests which hold ceramic plates or soft armor. State Senator John Whitemire says the suspect bought two AR-style rifles from a federal firearms licensee over the past week. One rifle was found inside a wrecked out pickup while the other was inside the school. The teen was able to kill 19 kids and two adults in the school before law enforcement killed him.

Updated at 6:00 a.m.

 The former principal of Columbine High School says he has reached out to his counterpart at a Texas school that was the scene of a deadly mass shooting. Frank DeAngelis was principal at Columbine in 1999 when 12 students and a teacher were killed in what was then the worst school shooting in U.S. history. DeAngelis says he left a message for the principal of Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas yesterday to offer support and sympathy as someone who's experienced the same type of tragedy. DeAngelis says recovery will take time and he encouraged the Texas principal to view what happens next as a marathon, not a sprint. 

Updated at 4:00 a.m.

More details are emerging about the victims of Tuesday's Texas school shooting. Nineteen children were fatally shot by a gunman at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde,Texas, and two adults were killed trying to protect them. They've been identified as fourth-grade teacher Eva Mireles, who had been an educator for 17 years, and her co-teacher Irma Garcia. Relatives are also confirming that three fourth graders are among the dead, all ages nine and ten.

Updated at 2:00 a.m.

More details are emerging about the Texas gunman who opened fire inside an elementary school. Officials say he bought two rifles on his 18th birthday a few days ago and posted pictures of them online. His Instagram account was deleted after he was killed. He attended the high school in Uvalde and quit his job at a Wendy's a month ago. Police say he also shot his grandmother before the massacre. She was airlifted to a hospital in critical condition.

Updated at 1:00 a.m.

Golden State Warriors Coach Steve Kerr delivered passionate and emotional remarks after the Texas school shooting and before Tuesday night's Western Conference Finals game against the Dallas Mavericks. Kerr began by saying "Any basketball questions don't matter."  He also noted recent mass shootings at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, and a church in Southern California. Kerr slammed his hands on the table and said, "When are we going to do something?" 

Updated at 12:00 a.m.

Families in Texas are dealing with the unthinkable right now. Many are getting swabbed for DNA and still waiting to find out if their child is one of the 19 killed yesterday. Police say a teen gunman fired into classrooms at an elementary school in Uvalde wearing body armor and carrying a rifle. He also killed two teachers before police ended his life. A third teacher is expected to survive after undergoing surgery.

Below were updates on Tuesday, May 24, 2022:

Updated 9:30 p.m. (5/24)

The death toll has risen in the Uvalde elementary school shootings. Police say 19 students and three adults have died as a result of the shooting.

Updated 8:30 p.m.:

Barack Obama is calling out gun lobbies following a deadly mass shooting at an elementary school in Texas. The former President took to Twitter to say the US is "paralyzed," but not by fear. Instead, he says the country is paralyzed by "a gun lobby and a political party" that isn't willing to "act in any way" that could potentially prevent these kinds of tragedies. At least 18 children are dead after the shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde. Obama pointed out that this happened almost ten years after the Sandy Hook school shooting and ten days after a deadly mass shooting in Buffalo. 

Updated 7:30 p.m.

President Biden says he feels for the parents of the dead children killed in Tuesday's mass school shooting in Texas. While addressing the nation tonight, he asked all Americans to pray for all those affected. He then asked "When in God's name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby?" He said he has been pushing for gun legislation for his entire career. Biden urged politicians to act right now. He added "we have to do more."

Updated at 6:30 p.m.

Multiple reports say 18 children and one teacher are dead following a mass shooting today Robb Elementary School in Uvalde. State Senator Roland Gutierrez says he was given that somber update from police. The shooter also died.

Updated at 6:15 p.m.

Vice President Harris says "our hearts keep getting broken." Speaking tonight at a pre-planned event in DC, Harris added "enough is enough" following the mass shooting that claimed the lives of 14 children and one teacher at a Texas elementary school. She said she can't imagine how the parents of the dead children feel tonight.

Updated at 5:00 p.m.

President Biden will address the nation tonight after 14 children were killed at a school in south Texas. His remarks will come after he returns from an overseas trip. The shooting happened in Uvalde, about 80 miles west of San Antonio. A teacher was also killed.

President Biden is ordering flags be lowered to half staff in honor of the victims. They will fly at half staff until sunset on Saturday.

Texas Senator John Cornyn is devastated after the mass shooting at an elementary school in his home state. The Republican told reporters on Capitol Hill "There's no words to describe how horrific this is." He went on to say "We're still trying to get a clear picture of what happened and what the motivation was."

The Texas congressman whose district includes the site of a deadly school shooting says his heart is breaking. Republican Tony Gonzales urged his followers to pray for the families. He also included a Bible verse about how precious children are.

Updated at 4:40 p.m.

Police confirm the suspect in today's mass shooting at a Texas elementary school is dead and he acted alone. The 18-year-old was also killed at Robb Elementary in Uvlade, an hour and a half west of San Antonio. Fourteen children and a teacher died after a shooting at the school.

"Texans across the state are grieving for the victims of this senseless crime and for the community of Uvalde. Cecilia and I mourn this horrific loss and we urge all Texans to come together to show our unwavering support to all who are suffering," said Governor Greg Abbott. "We thank the courageous first responders who worked to finally secure Robb Elementary School. I have instructed the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Rangers to work with local law enforcement to fully investigate this crime. The Texas Division of Emergency Management is charged with providing local officials all resources necessary to respond to this tragedy as the State of Texas works to ensure the community has what it needs to heal.”

Updated at 3:35 p.m.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott confirms 14 dead after a shooting at a elementary school. The shooting took place at Robb Elementary in the city of Uvalde, west of San Antonio. Shots rang out today when law enforcement got into a shootout with the suspect.

Updated at 3:00 p.m.

 Two students are dead after a school shooting in south Texas. A Uvalde Memorial Hospital spokesperson says the two Robb Elementary students were declared dead this afternoon upon arrival. Eleven other students are hospitalized. Shots rang out today when law enforcement got into a shootout with the suspect near the school in Uvalde, west of San Antonio. The suspect then got onto campus, even though it was locked down. Uvalde police say the shooter is in custody, but did not release more details.

Updated at 2:10 p.m.

Students have been moved from the South Texas elementary school where a shooting happened. Buses of children were moved from Robb Elementary to a civic center in Uvalde. Shots rang out earlier today outside the school. A witness says the suspect then ran onto campus after exchanging gunfire with law enforcement including the Border Patrol. The suspect was eventually captured. Several students are hospitalized at Uvalde Memorial Hospital. University Hospital in nearby San Antonio says an adult and a student are being treated there.

Updated at 1:45 p.m.

Several students are hospitalized after a school shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde. Uvalde Memorial Hospital posted on social media they were treating the students and asked immediate family to report to the second floor cafeteria. It's believed the suspect got into a shootout with law enforcement before running onto the school campus. He was captured early this afternoon but no other details were released.

Updated at 1:25 p.m.

The suspect in a South Texas school shooting is under arrest. Uvalde police confirmed the capture this afternoon at Robb Elementary without releasing details. It started over an hour ago when it's believed law enforcement got into a shootout with the suspect. The school was placed on lockdown, but there are reports suggesting the suspect was able to get inside. Students are being taken to a reunification spot, but Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District officials want to do a headcount before releasing them to parents.

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Uvalde CISD sent out an alert this afternoon reporting a possible active shooter at or near an elementary school. The district's alert on Twitter said, "There is an active shooter at Robb Elementary. Law enforcement is on site. Your cooperation is needed at this time by not visiting the campus. As soon as more information is gathered it will be shared. The rest of the district is under a Secure Status."

Uvalde is located about 80 miles west of San Antonio.

This is a developing story.

Mass Shooting At Elementary School In Uvalde, Texas Leaves 21 Dead Including Shooter

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