UVALDE- Gov. Greg Abbott has issued the following statement on the tragic school shooting in Uvalde.
Information from the Governor says:
Texans across the state are grieving for the victims of this senseless crime and for the community of Uvalde. Cecilia and I mourn this horrific loss and we urge all Texans to come together to show our unwavering support to all who are suffering.
We thank the courageous first responders who worked to finally secure Robb Elementary School. I have instructed the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Rangers to work with local law enforcement to fully investigate this crime.
The Texas Division of Emergency Management is charged with providing local officials all resource necessary to respond to this tragedy as the State of Texas works to ensure the community has what it needs to heal.
Abbott also said that the shooter, Salvador Ramos, an 18-year-old from Uvalde, abandoned his vehicle, entered into Robb Elementary with a handgun. Abbott also says Ramos may have had a rifle but cannot confirm that at this time.
Ramos shot and killed "horrifically, incomprehensibly, 14 students and killed a teacher" and Ramos himself is dead. It is believed that the responding officers killed Ramos.
Two responding officers were also struck by round but were not seriously injured.
Abbott also said that they are in the process of obtaining detailed information about Salvador Ramos, his motive, the types of firearms he used, the legal authority too possess said weapons, conduct a crime scene investigation and reconstruction, and identify and interview all witnesses and provide victim services as needed.