The teenage gunman shot 14 students and a teacher, according to Governor Greg Abbott
Some 14 students and a teacher were shot at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday. The suspect, an 18-year-old male, also reportedly shot his own grandmother before the school slaying.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced the death toll at a press conference, shortly after local hospitals reported an influx of children with gunshot wounds. Earlier reports suggested that the death toll had been much lower, and that the suspect had been taken into custody.
"He shot and killed horrifically and incomprehensibly 14 students and killed a teacher," Abbott said.
Abbott told reporters that the suspect, named as Salvador Ramos, drove to Robb Elementary School armed with a handgun and possibly a rifle, and that "it is believed" that he was shot dead by responding police officers.
Little is currently known about the shooter or his relationship with the school. Police in Uvalde, as well as FBI and ATF agents, are investigating the scene.