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“Everything is still active. We’re trying to put all the pieces together.”

Spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety Lt. Christopher Olivarez one day after the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas; at least 19 children and two teachers were killed.

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may 25, 2022

On Wednesday, one day after the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas (about a 90 minute drive west from San Antonio), Lt. Christopher Olivaraz provided new information. There was also a press conference at Uvalde High School incl. many high profile officials and politicians.

Who: At least 19 children and 2 teachers were killed in a mass shooting on Tuesday after an 18-year-old gunman entered the school and barricaded himself in a two-room, 4th-grade classroom. All victims have been identified and 17 other people have been injured. According to TX Gov. Abbott, the injuries are not life threatening.

What/How: The gunman has been identified as Salvador Ramos, a resident of Uvalde. He first shot and wounded his grandmother before driving her truck away and crashing it near Robb Elementary School. He entered the school, barricaded himself in a 4th-grade classroom "and fired on law enforcement continually through the windows of the classroom" (WSJ). Olivarez told CNN that all of the victims in the shooting were located in the same 4th-grade classroom. A U.S. Border Patrol team was eventually able to enter the classroom and killed the gunman.

Where: Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

When: Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at approximately 11:32 a.m.

Why: TBD on motive as the investigation continues, which is being led by the Texas Rangers — along with several federal, state and local officials. In Wednesday's press conference, TX Director of DPS Steven McCraw noted that as of this point in the investigation, they have not identified any previous criminal history of Ramos'. He had dropped out of high school and lived with his 66-year-old grandmother.

Also in Wednesday's press conference, officials noted he revealed his plans in three different Facebook messages, beginning approx. 30 minutes before the mass shooting — once saying he was going to shoot his grandmother, once saying he shot his grandmother, and the final post saying he was going to shoot an elementary school — but not specifying which school.

Important Quotes/Information:

During Wednesday's press conference, the Uvalde District Superintendent Dr. Hal Harrell said (watch HERE; this quote is from 31:05 - 34-20): "As superintendent I could never imagine a day like yesterday, in the school, award ceremonies, the time of a 2nd, 3rd or 4th graders life at that point. ... it's heartbreaking ... We have had a lot of support here from our community, surrounding counties, surrounding district and all over the state and I appreciate you ... I have to relay the heartbreak of our teachers at Robb campus. ... I met with them this morning ... as I looked across that room, there was a group of heroes in that room. If it weren't for them, along with the law enforcement that came, that were willing to ... get them out of the classroom when it was safe ... and the trust our kids had in their teachers.... that says volumes for our staff here at Uvalde. ... Yesterday we lost two teachers. These two teachers, I would say are the cornerstone of that campus ... two beautiful souls... have kids in our district. They poured their heart and soul into what they did ... 19 precious students who came to school to enjoy the day, to enjoy the award ceremony ... you can just tell by their angelic smile that they loved coming to school and that they were just precious individuals. ... Our faith has been shaken. ... I am a product of Uvalde ... I've worked for this district for 30 years. I never thought I would be sitting in front of you doing this today. Please pray for our teachers, pray for our community, and we will move forward."

Texas School shooting Victims Were Killed in One Classroom (Wall Street Journal)

'Complete evil': Texas gunman kills 19 children, 2 teachers (Associated Press)

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