Texas school shooting: Video appears to show gunman at school
The killer was reportedly armed with a handgun and an Ar-15 semi-automatic rifle and was wearing a bulletproof vest
The video appears to show the moment the alleged shooter arrived at a Texas elementary school before gunning down 19 students and two adults.
The footage, shared on Facebook, appears to show the armed suspect outside Robb Elementary School – which teaches children aged seven to 10 in the town of Uvalde – before he began his massacre at around 11.32am , local time, Tuesday.
The shooter was named 18-year-old Salvador Ramos.
The teenager, armed with a handgun, an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and high-capacity magazines, allegedly shot his grandmother first.
He was later shot dead by law enforcement officials.
Video at the scene appears to show shooter Salvador Ramos approaching Robb Elementary School in Uvalde… pic.twitter.com/0eAbWfyzU3
— MilneNews.Com (@Milne_News) May 25, 2022
A U.S. Border Patrol official who was nearby when the shooting began rushed into the school and shot and killed the shooter, who was behind a barricade, the Associated Press reported.
Border Patrol is a federal agency that monitors ports of entry into the United States.
Two border agents were reportedly shot in an exchange with the shooter – one in the head. Both are believed to be in stable condition in hospital.
According to CBS News, the assailant was wearing a bulletproof vest during the attack.
One of the adults killed was a teacher, who was named in US media as Eva Mireles. Her page on the school district’s website said she had a daughter in college and loved running and hiking.
Several of the students have also been identified.
Fourth-grade student Xavier Lopez, 10, was identified by his family as one of the victims. Her mother had attended her award ceremony just hours before filming. A GoFundMe A page has been created to raise funds for his funeral. It has already raised $47,500 at the time of writing.
This is Xavier, 10 years old. His family confirms @ABC that he was shot and killed at school today in Uvalde, TX. He was in 4th grade. His cousin says Xavier’s mother was at his awards show 1-2 hours before filming, not knowing that would be the last time she would see her son. pic.twitter.com/fDFOH9egFF
— Abigail Ogle (@KOCOAbigail) May 25, 2022
Meanwhile, Uziyah Garcia’s family have confirmed the nine-year-old was among those killed. They told NBC 5 he was due to turn 10 this summer.
Amerie jo Garza, 10, was also killed in the shooting. His father said ABC News that she only celebrated her birthday two weeks ago. In a statement, he said: “Thank you all for the prayers and help in trying to find my baby.”
Makenna Lee Elrod, 10, was identified as one of the victims. Her parents feared she did not survive and a family friend confirmed on Tuesday night that she was among the dead.