Officials say a shooting at a primary school in south Texas killed 19 young children and two adults.
Before being murdered by police, the shooter opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, which teaches children aged seven to ten.
Investigators said the 18-year-old suspect possessed a handgun, an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, and high-capacity magazines.
Before the rampage, the kid is suspected of shooting his grandmother.
He may have been a high school student in the neighborhood, according to local media.
The shooting began at 11:32 a.m. local time on Tuesday, according to Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Chief of Police Pete Arredondo, and police believe the attacker “acted alone during this horrible crime.”
Governor Greg Abbott said the shooter, Salvador Ramos, abandoned a vehicle before entering the school and opened fire “horribly, incomprehensibly.”
US media have named two of the youngsters murdered in the attack.
In comments released Tuesday night, family members acknowledged the deaths of 10-year-olds Xavier Lopez and Amerie Jo Garza.
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Angel Garza announced the death of his daughter Amerie on Facebook.
“My little angel is now flying with the angels in the sky.
Don’t take a single second for granted.
Hug your loved ones. Tell them you love them,” he said.
Eva Mireles, a teacher, was one of the adults killed, according to US media.
Her school district’s website stated that she had a college-aged daughter and enjoyed jogging and hiking.
Nearly 500 students attend the primarily Hispanic school located 85 miles (135 kilometers) west of San Antonio.