Fourteen children and teacher shot dead at Texas elementary school as gunman identified

Salvador Ramos (middle) has been identified as the gunman in a mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas (Pictures: Reuters/Facebook)

Fourteen students and one teacher have died after a shooting at a Texas elementary school in which the gunman was also killed.

Law enforcement officials responded to an active shooter report at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Uvalde Police Department.

The gunman, identified as Salvador Ramos, 18, was killed, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said. Ramos was reportedly a student or former student at Uvalde High School.

‘He shot and killed horrifically and incomprehensibly 14 students and killed a teacher,’ Abbott said during a press briefing on an unrelated matter.

Emergency personnel gather near Robb Elementary School following a shooting on Tuesday (Picture: AP)

Ramos used a handgun and possibly a rifle, Abbott said.

‘When parents drop their kids off at school, they have every expectation to know that they’re going to be able to pick their child up when that school day ends. And there are families who are in mourning right now,’ Abbott said.

‘The state of Texas is in mourning with them for the reality that these parents are not going to be able to pick up their children.’

Earlier, Uvalde Medical Hospital said that two children died from presumed gunshot wounds, and that 13 more students were in the emergency department.

Law enforcement personnel walk outside Uvalde High School after shooting a was reported earlier in the day at Robb Elementary School (Picture: AP)

Two patients were transported to San Antonio and a third was awaiting transfer, according to the hospital. A 45-year-old grazed by a bullet is also receiving treatment at the hospital.

Meanwhile, University Health in San Antonio said it was caring for a child and an adult in the shooting. Their conditions were not immediately disclosed.

The police department did not immediately give more details on the suspect who was arrested.

‘Law enforcement is on site,’ the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District posted on Twitter shortly after 12.15pm local time. ‘Your cooperation is needed at this time by not visiting the campus. As soon as more information is gathered it will be shared.’

A suspect is in custody after an active shooter situation at an Uvalde elementary school (Picture: Facebook/Mike Palacios)
An active shooter was reported at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday (Picture: Google Maps)

However, a school official later told that the shooting occurred off the campus and that Robb Elementary School was on lockdown.

The lockdown was first reported by the school district at 11.43am.

School district officials in a message to parents said: ‘Please know at this time all campuses are under a Lockdown Status due to gunshots in the area. The students and staff are safe in the buildings.’

Immediate family members of the victims at Uvalde Memorial Hospital were asked to convene at the cafeteria, while others were asked to keep away from the facility.

Parents were asked to pick up their children at Sgt Willie Deleon Civic Center, Uvalde police said.

Uvalde is situated about 90 minutes west of San Antonio.

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