Death toll in Texas elementary school shooting rises to EIGHTEEN students and a teacher

  • Greg Abbott, the governor of Texas, confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that 14 students and one teacher were killed in the shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde: the death toll was later increased to 18 children 
  • Abbott said that the gunman was 18-year-old Salvador Roma – but the name was later clarified as Salvador Ramos
  • Ramos, who was born in North Dakota and lived in Uvalde, was shot and killed during the shooting at Robb Elementary School: he is believed to have been killed by law enforcement officers
  • Ramos shot his grandmother before heading to the school, and was in a shootout with border patrol agents – one of whom was injured – before barricading himself inside the school buildings 
  • He posted photos of his guns on Instagram and, shortly before the shooting, he messaged a girl he vaguely knew hinting that he was planning an attack
  • Ramos tagged her in a photo of his guns, and wrote: ‘I got lil secret. I wanna tell you. Be grateful I tagged you.’ She replied: ‘No it’s just scary’ and said: ‘I barely know you and you tag me in a picture with some guns’ 
  • Uvalde Memorial Hospital confirmed that two children were brought in dead on arrival and that they were treating many more
  • The district said that the city’s civic center will be used as a reunification center and that parents will be able to pick up their children there
  • Joe Biden, who was flying home from Japan at the time, will address the nation from the Roosevelt Room of the White House at 8:15pm tonight