WALDE, Texas – The death toll from a shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uwalde, Texas, has risen to 22 people, with at least 19 children. one teacherand a second school employee was killed, the Texas Department of Homeland Security said.

The 18-year-old suspect, a student at Uwalde High School, is also dead, Governor Greg Abbott said.

Abbott said the suspect “shot and killed horribly and incomprehensibly” more than a dozen students and teachers.

The incident began when a suspect, whom Abbott and law enforcement sources identified as Salvador Ramos, shot his grandmother. According to initial law enforcement reports, the grandmother’s shooter died, but as of 11 p.m., law enforcement sources told ABC News that the grandmother was in critical condition but still alive.

Texas public safety officials said Ramos then left his home in a truck that crashed into a ditch near Rob Elementary School. It came out with an AR-15-style rifle and a variety of magazines, ABC News sources told law enforcement. He was also wearing a body armor.

As he approached the school, Uwalde ISD school service officer engaged the suspect, but Ramos shot him, law enforcement sources said.

The shooting happened as soon as the suspect entered the school and all the victims at the school died “in the same place inside the school,” authorities told ABC News.

Inside the school, the suspect was firing with Uwalde ISD officers and agents of the Tactical Border Patrol unit, ABC News sources reported.

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“U.S. Border Service agents have responded to a law enforcement request for help in an active shooting situation at Robb Elementary School in Uwalde. Upon entering the building, agents and other law enforcement officers faced shelling from an entity that was barricaded inside,” it said. said in a statement posted on Twitter.

Law enforcement sources told ABC News that they are now tracing the AR-15 style used by the shooter, and have also found a body armor and numerous ammunition stores.

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ABC News confirmed that fourth-grade teacher Eva Mireles was among those killed. Mireles has worked in the United Independent School District of Uwalde for 17 years, according to a statement from her aunt Lydia Martinez Delgado.

“This is my hometown, a small community with a population of less than 20,000 people. I never thought it would happen especially to relatives, ”Delgada said.

The family also found that one of the children killed was 10-year-old Xavier Lopez. He was in the fourth grade. His cousin told ABC News that his mother attended the awards ceremony just a couple of hours before the shooting, not knowing it would be the last time she saw her son.

“When parents send their children to school, they expect to be able to pick up their child when this school day is over. And there are families who are now in mourning,” Abbott said. “Texas is mourning with them because these parents will not be able to pick up their children.”

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According to Ebat, two police officers were among the injured. They are expected to survive, he said.

Social media shooter is being combed by investigators, and he reportedly sent videos and photos of weapons to other users on multiple platforms, ABC News reports.

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Uwalde Memorial Hospital reported that after the incident 15 students are being treated in the hospital’s emergency department. Two patients were transferred to San Antonio for treatment, and a third was awaiting transfer, the hospital said. A 45-year-old man was also hospitalized after being hit by a bullet, the hospital said.

University of Health in San Antonio said it had four patients from the shooting incident – a 66-year-old woman and a 10-year-old girl who were in critical condition, a 10-year-old girl in good condition and a 9-year-old girl in good condition.

Two adult victims of the shooting at the school are being treated at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, reports Army officialin which there was no information about their conditions.

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Some of the victims were children of customs and border guards, law enforcement sources told ABC News.

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Uwalde Mayor Don McLaughlin did not confirm the victims, but told ABC News in a text message that “this is a very bad situation”. He said the office is trying to contact parents before releasing any information.

The shooting took place shortly after 11:30 a.m. local time, police said.

The school where the second, third and fourth grades are taught, informed parents Shortly after 2 p.m., the students were taken to a sergeant. Willie Deleon Civic Center, a reunion, and could be picked up.

Father Ryan Ramirez told the San Antonio branch of ABC KSAT that he went to a community center and elementary school trying to find his daughter in fourth grade after the shooting.

“[I’m] just confused and worried. I’m trying to find out where my child is, “he said at the station.

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The school was canceled for the remainder of the school year, including all extracurricular activities on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Officials said the graduation ceremony “will be considered later”. According to officials, counseling on grief will also be available.

Uwalde, Texas, is about 90 minutes west of San Antonio.

The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office and the San Antonio Police Department are sending aid, and the FBI is responding.

Houston Field Office Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also said it helps in the investigation.

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Homeland Security Minister Alejandro Mayorcos was briefed on the situation, and the agency is “actively coordinating with federal, state and local partners,” a spokesman said. Customs and border guards in the area also responded to the scene.

The National Center for Counter-Terrorism Operations believes that at the moment “there is no known connection to terrorism”, according to a bulletin of law enforcement agencies, received by ABC News.

Since 2017, mass shootings in the United States, called shooting incidents, in which at least four people were injured or killed, have nearly doubled in a year. In 2022, there were already 212 mass shootings, which is 50% more than in May 2017, when there were 141 shootings. The chart above shows the number of shooting incidents on the state. Mobile users: Click here to see our map of the mass shootings in the US over the past five years

The number of wounded or killed does not include a suspect or criminal. These graphs show the number of victims in all mass shootings over the past five years.

Pierre Thomas, Luke Barr, Aaron Caterski, Nicholas Kerr and Mireia Villarreal of ABC News contributed to this report.

This is an evolving story. Stay tuned.

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