Fourteen children and one teacher have been killed at a shooting at an elementary school west of San Antonio, Texas, the state’s governor said on Tuesday.
Texas governor Greg Abbott said the suspect, Salvador Romas, an 18-year-old male resident of the city of Uvalde, entered Robb Elementary School and opened fire. “He shot and killed horrifically, incomprehensibly, 14 students and killed a teacher,” Abbott said at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon.
“Texans across the state are grieving for the victims of this senseless crime and for the community of Uvalde,” Abbott said in a statement.
The shooter was armed with a handgun and possibly a rifle, the governor said. Abbott said the shooter was dead, believed to have been killed by responding officers. Two responding officers were also struck by rounds of ammunition but did not suffer serious injuries.
The shooting in Texas comes less than two weeks after a teenager shot and killed 10 people at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York.