May 24 (Reuters) – A gunman carried out an attack on an elementary school in South Texas on Tuesday, killing 14 children and a teacher, U.S. State Governor Greg Abbott said, adding that the assailant, g 18 years old, had apparently died during the intervention of the police.
The attack occurred in the middle of the day at Robb Elementary School in the town of Uvalde, about 130 kilometers west of San Antonio.
“He shot and killed in a horrible, incomprehensible way, 14 schoolchildren and a teacher,” said Greg Abbott at a press conference, indicating that the assailant was called Salvador Ramos. “The shooter is dead, and it appears that the responding officers killed him.”
According to the CNN television channel, the assailant drove to the school, where he entered with a rifle and a handgun.
San Antonio University Hospital said via Twitter that it was treating two people injured in the shooting – a child and an adult – and believed to be in serious condition. (Report Steve Gorman Los Angeles; French version Jean Terzian)