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The Texas Department of Public Safety reported that 19 students and two adults were dead following a shooting on Tuesday at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde. The suspect was also dead. Follow us for more updates at WWW.TODAYLEAKED.COM
Sgt. Erick Estrada, a DPS spokesman, updated the death toll in an interview with CNN.
Gov. Greg Abbott said the 18-year-old suspect lived in Uvalde, and it was not immediately clear how he died.
Meanwhile, in a brief news conference, officials in Uvalde said the suspect acted alone. Officials took no questions and gave few details.
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Estrada also explained that the suspect crashed a vehicle in a ditch near the school. He exited the vehicle with a rifle and attempted to enter the school. He was engaged by law enforcement but was able to enter the school.
Abbott said the shooter entered the school with a handgun and possibly a rifle. Estrada said the suspect entered several classrooms and started shooting.
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A statement from the Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday evening explained that “U.S. Border Patrol Agents responded to a law enforcement request for assistance re an active shooter situation inside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde. Upon entering the building, Agents & other law enforcement officers faced gunfire from the subject, who was barricaded inside.”
The statement added that the agents and other law enforcement officers “put themselves between the shooter and children on the scene to draw the shooter’s attention away from potential victims and save lives.”
At least one agent was wounded in the firefight, DHS reported. Other agents, both on and off duty, arrived to help move students away from the scene, reunite them with their parents and provide medical care.
“It is being reported that the subject shot his grandmother right before he went into the school,” Abbott said. “I have no further information about the connection between those two shootings.”
Uvalde Memorial Hospital said it treated several students in its ER.
University Health in San Antonio said it treated at least four patients. On Tuesday evening, it tweeted that a 66-year-old woman and a 10-year-old girl were listed in critical condition, a 10-year-old girl was listed in good condition and a 9-year-old girl was listed in fair condition.
The Justice Department said Tuesday night that FBI and ATF agents were part of the investigation.
‘Felt like I was having a heart attack’
The residents of Uvalde turned to prayer on Tuesday as they searched for answers to the tragedy. Within hours of the shooting, a prayer vigil was underway at the Getty Street Church of Christ, not far from the elementary school.
The church’s outreach minister, John Juhasz, said congregants prayed for the families of the victims, the medical response teams, and even the shooter.
“I don’t believe that somebody is just born evil,” he said. “I believe that is just the way they turn because they get embittered to the world.”
He said residents must love one another and set aside their differences to heal from the shooting in the days, months, and years ahead.
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Erika Escamilla’s niece attends Robb Elementary School. She said her niece told her how teachers reacted to the report of a shooter in their school: locking doors, turning off lights, and telling children to get down.
“My niece was crying to me, and she was saying that she heard the guy cussing,” Escamilla said. “She heard like loud yelling, and she heard him cursing, and she heard a lot of loud bangs — the gunshots.”
Escamilla that her niece “just put her hands over her ears and got down into a ball and she said, ‘Tia, it felt like I was having a heart attack. I was so scared I did not know what to do.’ ”
Escamilla said the experience was something a 9 or 10-year-old should never have to endure.
‘My heart was broken today
Robb Elementary School has an enrollment of just under 600 students. It is part of the Uvalde Consolidated School District.
Superintendent Hal Harrell said that classes at the school were canceled for the rest of the school year, and grief counseling was available on Wednesday morning for students, staff, and community members.
“Again, my heart was broken today,” he said. “We’re a small community, and we’ll need your prayers to get us through this.”
Teachers will report to work on all campuses, except for Robb Elementary. They were directed by the superintendent to attend grief counseling at the town’s civic center.
Teachers at all schools in the district put their classes on lockdown under administration orders as a precaution.
It was unclear if graduation ceremonies — scheduled on May 27 — would continue as planned.
Uvalde is about 85 miles west of San Antonio and about 70 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border.
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