UVALDE COUNTY, TX. (THECOUNT) — Texas Gov. Abbott identified the shooter as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, a student at the local high school. Ramos reportedly killed his grandmother, went to the school and opened fire before barricading himself in a room. 14 children were shot dead during the incident Tuesday.
Ramos was neutralized by responding officers. He is listed among the dead.
Robb Elementary school in the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District in Uvalde County, Texas, has been placed on lockdown Tuesday amid reports of an active shooter on campus.
The school, located about 97 miles west of San Antonio, posted to Facebook about an active shooter at Robb Elementary School.
“Law enforcement is on site. Your cooperation is needed at this time by not visiting the campus,” the district posted at 12:17 p.m. CT.
The rest of the district’s campuses were also placed under a “Secure Status,” reports KABC.
The school district later informed parents that Robb Elementary students were being transported five minutes away to a civic center where reunification is being planned. The district, though, clarified that students would need to be accounted for before they’re released to their parents.
“Robb Elementary Parents, please do not pick up students at this time. Students need to be accounted for before they are released to your care. You will be notified to pick up students once all are accounted for,” the district posted at 12:55 p.m. CT.
The town’s police department warned the public to avoid the school where the scene is still active.
Authorities did not immediately offer details about the suspect, what led up to the lockdown, or if anyone has been injured or killed.
The Uvalde Consolidated ISD reported a student population of about 4,100 last school year.
The town of Uvalde is home to a little over 14,000 residents.
Geo quick facts: Uvalde County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2020 census, its population was 24,564. Its county seat is Uvalde. The county was created in 1850 and organized in 1856. It is named for Juan de Ugalde, the Spanish governor of Coahuila – Wikipedia.