Texas school shooting live updates: Gunman sent Facebook messages before shooting

Texas school shooting live updates: Gunman sent Facebook messages before shooting

Published May 25, 2022
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At least 19 children were killed at an elementary school on Tuesday.

Texas school shooting leaves a community heartbroken

A small town in rural Texas is reeling after a gunman opened fire at an elementary school on Tuesday, killing 19 children.

Two teachers were also among those killed at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, authorities said.

Prior to opening fire at the school, the suspect also allegedly shot his grandmother, authorities said.

The suspect — identified by officials as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, a student at Uvalde High School — is dead.

The suspected Robb Elementary School shooter was not wearing body armor during Tuesday’s massacre, multiple law enforcement officials told ABC News.

The alleged gunman was wearing tactical gear, including a vest that could hold ammunition, but there was no armor or fabric that would protect him from gunfire, the sources said.

-ABC News’ Matt Gutman, Josh Margolin and Aaron Katersky

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden will be traveling to Texas in the “upcoming days,” the president said Wednesday.

The two plan to meet with the victims’ families “and let them know that we have a sense, just a sense of their pain. And hopefully bring some little comfort to the community in shock and grief and in trauma,” the president said during an address Wednesday afternoon.

The president said he was “sick and tired” of the “carnage” that is happening in the U.S.

“The idea that an 18-year-old can walk into a store and buy weapons of war, designed and marketed to kill, is I think just wrong. Just violates common sense,” he said. “Where’s the backbone, where’s the courage to stand up to a very powerful lobby?”

The accused gunman in Tuesday’s deadly school shooting purchased two AR-15-style rifles at Oasis Outback, a federally licensed store located in Uvalde, law enforcement sources told ABC News.

A general manager at Oasis Outback told ABC News that he is working with law enforcement but would not comment on whether the alleged shooter did or did not purchase his guns there.

Oasis Outback is located approximately 3 miles from Robb Elementary School.

According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the alleged shooter made his gun purchases on two separate days: May 17 and May 20. That means he bought the first AR-15-style rifle one day after he turned 18 and the second four days before the shooting.

Both weapons were purchased at that same store, Steve McCraw, the director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, confirmed during a press conference Wednesday afternoon.

The guns were purchased legally.

-ABC News’ Josh Margolin, Aaron Katersky, Laura Romero and Olivia Rubin

The House will move on a bill to create a national red flag law, according to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland.

The bill would allow family members or law enforcement officers to “petition for an extreme risk protection order with respect to an individual who poses a risk to themselves or others.”

The bill is sponsored by Rep. Lucy McBath, D-Ga., whose 17-year-old son Jordan Davis was fatally shot in 2012.

Hoyer said on Twitter Wednesday that he plans to bring the bill to the floor when the House returns from recess next month.

-ABC News’ Lalee Ibssa