May 24, 2022 -- Deadly shooting at Texas elementary school

By Amir Vera, Mike Hayes, Aditi Sangal, Melissa Macaya and Meg Wagner, CNN

Updated 2:26 PM ET, Thu May 26, 2022
40 Posts
Sort byDropdown arrow
11:07 a.m. ET, May 25, 2022

Suspect was wearing tactical vest and crashed car before entering school, Texas DPS says

From CNN's Anderson Cooper

A police vehicle is seen parked near the truck believed to belong to the shooting suspect.
A police vehicle is seen parked near the truck believed to belong to the shooting suspect. (Marco Bello/Reuters)

Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Erick Estrada told CNN's Anderson Cooper Tuesday there were two incidents involving the suspected gunman prior to the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

The first was the gunman shooting his grandmother, resulting in her being airlifted to a hospital, Estrada said.

The second incident was the suspect crashing a vehicle near the elementary school.

“The suspect did crash near a ditch nearby the school," Estrada said. "That’s where he exited his vehicle with what I believe was a rifle and that’s when he attempted to enter the school where he was engaged by law enforcement. Unfortunately, he was able to enter the premises and then from there that’s when he entered several classrooms and started shooting his firearm.” 

Estrada went on to say the gunman was seen with a "long rifle and backpack."

Estrada could not confirm what type of rifle the gunman had, but says the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is investigating.

On Wednesday, DPS spokesperson Lt. Chris Olivarez clarified information about what the shooter was wearing. Olivarez told CNN that gunman was wearing "a tactical vest carrier with no ballistic panels; so typically those type of carriers are used by tactical teams, SWAT teams, where they can place magazines, extra ammunition inside those carriers and be able to move in a tactical formation."

This post has been updated with new details about the gunman from authorities.

8:28 p.m. ET, May 24, 2022

18 children killed in Texas school shooting, sergeant says

From CNN’s Andy Rose

Eighteen children and one adult were killed in Tuesday’s mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, according to Sgt. Erick Estrada of the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Estrada did not provide any other information on the victims.

Gov. Greg Abbott said earlier Tuesday “it is believed” that the shooter, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos was killed by law enforcement. Estrada confirmed the suspect was killed.

8:39 p.m. ET, May 24, 2022

Former President Bill Clinton calls for action on guns: "We owe these families" 

From CNN's Shawna Mizelle

Former President Bill Clinton said in a statement on Tuesday that his heart breaks "for the families who sent their children and loved ones off to school today at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, whose lives will now never be the same."

The former president said the families struck by tragedy in in the city and a little over a week ago in Buffalo, New York, deserve action.

"We owe these families—and the families who have experienced similar losses, including as recently as last week in Buffalo—action. Enough is enough. The American people overwhelmingly agree. Our elected leaders at the local, state, and federal levels, regardless of party, must find common-sense ways to keep our children and communities safe. They can do so without touching the right to hunt, sport shoot, and keep guns for self-defense," Clinton said.

"Propaganda and paranoia have kept us from helping each other on this for too long. We can do—and be—better.The time to act is now," he continued.

See Bill Clinton's full statement:

 

8:19 p.m. ET, May 24, 2022

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr says lawmakers opposing gun control "hold us hostage"

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr called out lawmakers in Washington in a fiery speech about today's school shooting ahead of tonight's NBA playoff game between the Warriors and the Dallas Mavericks.

A fiery Kerr opened his remarks by telling the press "basketball questions don't matter" right now. Kerr, while banging on the table he was seated at, said: "When are we going to do something?"

Kerr called out "50 senators who refuse to vote on HR-8," a House bill that strengthens firearm background checks, claiming, "they won't vote on it because they want to hold onto their own power."

While calling out the senators, including referring to Republican leader Mitch McConnell by name, Kerr asked: "are you going to put your own desire for power ahead of our children, and elderly, and churchgoers?"

"50 senators in Washington are going to hold us hostage," Kerr said.

"It's pathetic, I've had enough," he added.

Kerr said he was "fed up" and told those listening to think about their own family members and ask: "how would you feel if this happened to you today?"

"We can't get numb to this." the coach said before exiting the room.

Watch Kerr's remarks here:

CNN's Jill Martin contributed reporting to this post.

8:11 p.m. ET, May 24, 2022

"We are heartbroken": Pro sports teams in Texas and beyond react to school shooting

From CNN's Jill Martin

Professional sports teams throughout Texas and beyond released statements reacting to the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

Read Dallas Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd's statement:

In his scheduled pregame session with reporters, Dallas Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd read a statement on the school shooting:

“Before we start discussing basketball, tonight's game, I'd like to say that our hearts go out to the victims and family of the horrific events in Uvalde, Texas,” Kidd said while reading off a sheet of paper ahead of Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals in Dallas.
“We send our condolences to our fellow Texans and we'll keep them in our hearts. We truly will play with heavy hearts tonight for the community, for the school of Robb Elementary School. Tough.”

Later during the session when asked how the Mavericks are preparing for the Golden State Warriors, Kidd said: "Yeah, it's tough. You know, as coaches or fathers, we have kids. People in this room have kids. Elementary school. You just think about what could take place with any of your family or friends at a school."

Kidd confirmed tonight's game would not be canceled.

"But the news of what's happening, not just here in Texas but throughout our country, is sad," he said.

Read the Houston Texans statement:

Read the Dallas Cowboys statement:

8:45 p.m. ET, May 24, 2022

Uvalde school superintendent: "The school year's done"

Dr. Hal Harrell, superintendent of Uvalde Consolidated Independent School Distric
Dr. Hal Harrell, superintendent of Uvalde Consolidated Independent School Distric (KSAT)

Dr. Hal Harrell, superintendent of Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District, said that Uvalde district will cancel the rest of its school year, which was supposed to conclude in two days on Thursday.

"The school year's done. We will have no school tomorrow or Thursday. All activities are canceled throughout the district," Harrell said at a news conference on Tuesday.

Harrell said the district will provide "grief counseling and support at the civic center for our students" starting tomorrow at 10 a.m.

"This was a tragic, senseless event today and my heart is broke today, our hearts and thoughts and prayers are with all our families as we go through this day and days to come," the superintendent said. 

 

7:57 p.m. ET, May 24, 2022

Police are not looking for other suspects, Uvalde school official says

Police Chief Pete Arredondo of Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District confirmed that the suspect in the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School is dead.

"Let me assure you, the intruder is deceased, and we are not actively looking for another individual or any other suspects in this case," he told reporters on Tuesday.

7:40 p.m. ET, May 24, 2022

Meta takes down Instagram account possibly associated with gunman

From CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan

Meta, formerly Facebook, said it is in contact with law enforcement following Tuesday’s mass shooting at a Texas elementary school.

A Meta spokesperson said it had removed an Instagram account circulating online that some had claimed belonged to the suspected gunman.

Meta did not confirm if the account is linked to the suspect.

7:27 p.m. ET, May 24, 2022

Uvalde shooting suspect believed to have shot grandmother first before going to the school, sources tell CNN

From CNN's Evan Perez, Priscilla Alvarez and Shimon Prokupecz

The Texas school shooting suspect is believed to have shot his grandmother before going to the school, three law enforcement sources tell CNN.

State Sen. Roland Gutierrez told CNN the grandmother was airlifted to San Antonio and “is still holding on,” according to information he was given by the Texas Rangers.

“This young man shot his grandmother and fled that scene from that incident,” Gutierrez told CNN’s Erin Burnett.

Earlier, the Texas governor said, “it is being reported that the subject shot his grandmother right before he went to the school.”