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“At approximately 11:32 am this morning there was a mass casualty at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. This school has children that are in 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade.”

Uvalde school district Chief of Police Pete Arredondo in a news conference on Tuesday after a school shooting in Uvalde, Texas — approx. 85 miles west of San Antonio.

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may 24, 2022

Here are some of the basics. As with any breaking story, we expect the facts to evolve. Early in the aftermath of the shooting, the Governor of Texas was the only official confirming fatalities, reporting 14 children and one teacher killed in the shooting. That number has continued to climb as additional information has been reported from a local Texas lawmaker and Texas Dept. of Safety. The Uvalde Police Department has not yet confirmed these numbers, but has said they will release more information as the investigation continues.

Who: At least 19 children and two adults were killed in a shooting at a Texas school in Uvalde, Texas — approx. 85 miles west (or a 90 minute drive from San Antonio). This has not yet been confirmed by the Uvalde Police Department. The 18-year-old suspect is dead. Police also report "several injuries."

What: According to Texas Gov. Abbott, the suspect abandoned his car and entered the school where he shot and killed several. Several others are also believed to be injured.

Where: Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

When: Approx. 11:32 am on Tuesday, May 24, 2022.

Why: TBD on motive. In the Uvalde Police Department press conference, Arredondo said: "... at this point the investigation is leading to tell us that the suspect did act alone during this heinous crime."

Notable Information/Quotes:

In the Uvalde Police Department's press conference, Arredondo made this statement: "... At approximately 11:32 am this morning there was a mass casualty at Robb Elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. This school has children that are in 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade. I can confirm right now that we have several injuries, adults and students, and we do have some deaths. The suspect is deceased at this point ... DPS is assisting with the investigation. And at this point the investigation is leading to tell us that the suspect did act alone during this heinous crime. Families are being notified and we are providing services to them as the district should. As far as the rest of the district is concerned, safety measures were taken to make sure we had a safe release for the rest of the district — for our city of Uvalde — and we had numerous law enforcement officers and agencies that assisted with the safety release for those students. We do want to keep all our families in their prayers, I hope you do as well, and we also want to respect the privacy of the families. The crime scene is still being worked on and again we'll notify the parents and the families as soon as we have some news for them. ..."

If this information from Gov. Abbott is confirmed, the Associated Press reports: "It was the deadliest shooting in Texas history. It occurred four years after a gunman fatally shot 10 people at Santa Fe High School in the Houston area and less than two weeks after a gunman opened fire at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, killing 10 Black shoppers and workers in what officials have described as a hate crime."

President Biden has issued "A Proclamation Honoring The Victims Of The Tragedy In Uvalde, Texas," ordering that the U.S. flag "shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, May 28, 2022. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations."

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