All 19 children and two teachers were killed in Massacre at Robb Elementary School of Texas was in a fourth-grade classroom where the shooter barricaded himself when local police tried to smash windows to free the students, officials said.
Tuesday’s horrific incident began when Salvador Ramosan unemployed and increasingly aggressive 18-year-old who has recently dropped out of high schoolshot his grandmother, with whom he lived in a modest wooden house in Uvalde decorated with a religious cross and a Christmas wreath.
He then took off in a van but crashed into a ditch near Robb Elementary School, a school with about 600 mostly Latino students with just two days left of summer break, according to the report. school records.
Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Lt. Chris Olivarez said Wednesday that someone called 911 to report seeing the collision and that an armed man was running toward the school. Uvalde local police and school district police approached Ramos but he opened fire, leaving two officers with non-life threatening injuries, Olivarez said.
Ramos, who was wearing a tactical vest and carrying a rifle and large amounts of ammunition, continued running into the schoolyard, through the hallway, and into the fourth grade classroom of veteran teacher Irma Garcia. He barricaded himself inside and was firing his rifle, forcing local police to call in tactical units, Olivarez said.
While Olivarez could not say how long to wait for backups, Uvalde council member and firefighter Chip King said he got to a point to set up a siege around the school and was only 30 minutes later. , the suspect has been “neutralized. . ”
Uvalde police also indicated that the shooting began at 11:32 a.m. and said in their earliest statement on Tuesday that the suspect was “in custody” at 1:06 p.m.
Olivarez said that when the suspect barricaded himself in a fourth-grade classroom, local officers broke windows to rescue as many people as possible.
When the last tactical units rammed into the classroom door, Ramos shot at them, leaving one officer slightly injured. The teenager was eventually shot dead, allowing the officers to realize the true horror that was left behind: the body of 19 children and two 4th grade teachers.
According to online accounts from the victim’s parents, the carnage took place in the classroom of Mrs. Irma Garcia, who has taught at Robb Primary School for 23 years and is a mother of four. Jennifer Lugo, whose daughter Ellie Garcia was killed, posted online that the class was being held “hostage”. Garcia’s family confirmed she died along with her students.
Among the young victims of fourth grade was “super extrovert” Amerie Jo Garza, a “teacher’s pet” who died while trying to dial 911, her grandmother, Berlinda Irene Arreola, told The Daily. Beast.
That very morning, she beamed for photos as she held up a colorful school certificate listing her name at Robb Elementary School.