Share this

Fifteen people have died after a shooting at a primary school in Texas, US authorities said.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott said on Tuesday (Wednesday morning AEST) the shooter killed 14 students and a teacher at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde.

Abbott said the shooter is also dead.

The shooter, 18, was killed at the scene. (AP)

The elementary school shooter is an 18-year-old male from Uvalde, Abbott said.

“He shot and killed, horrifically, incomprehensibly, 14 students and killed a teacher,” the governor said.

The gunman was a resident of the community and entered the school with a handgun, and possibly a rifle, and opened fire, Abbott said.

He said the shooter was likely killed by responding police officers but that the events were still being investigated.

“It’s believed that responding officers killed him,” Abbott said.

“It appears that two responding officers were struck by rounds but have no serious injuries.”

He added that the local authorities investigating the shooting will be given any required resources.

Police outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, following a mass shooting.
Police outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, following a mass shooting. (AP)

Additionally, Abbott added that the shooter reportedly also shot his grandmother before going to the elementary school.

“It is being reported that the subject shot his grandmother right before he went into the school. I have no further information about the connection between those two shootings,” he said.

“The subject is reported to have been a student at Uvalde High School and is a US citizen,” the governor said.

Uvalde Memorial Hospital said earlier that 13 children were taken by ambulance or bus to and another hospital reported a 66-year-old woman was in critical condition.

The shooter did not have any help, the school district’s top security officer said.

“At this point, the investigation is leading to tell us that the suspect did act alone during this heinous crime,” Pete Arredondo, the chief of police for the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District, said.

Police attend the Texas school after at least 15 people were killed after a mass shooting. (AP)

It was not immediately clear how many people, in addition to the dead, were injured in the shooting

Uvalde is located about 160km west of San Antonio.

The shooting in Texas came less than two weeks after a gunman opened fire at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, killing 10 Black shoppers and workers in what officials have described as a hate crime.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre tweeted that US President Joe Biden has been briefed on the school shooting in Texas.

People leave the Uvalde Civic Centre following the shooting earlier in the day at Robb Elementary School. (AP)

“President Biden has been briefed on the horrific news of the elementary school shooting in Texas and will continue to be briefed regularly as information becomes available,” she tweeted.

His prayers are with the families impacted by this awful event, and he will speak this evening when he arrives back at the White House,” Jean-Pierre added.

Share this
You May Also Like

Almost 40 per cent of Aussies say they have ‘no religion’

More Australians than ever have reported they don’t identify with any religion,…

Paige waited so long for an Australian visa that she grew up

It took Australian immigration officials a decade to process Wendy Van Breda…

Australian men out-earn women across every generation, report finds

Men out earn women across every generation, with the largest gender pay…

Russia strikes Kyiv as Western leaders meet in Europe

Russia shattered weeks of relative calm in the Ukrainian capital with long-range…

Former Perth rich-lister Zhenya Tsvetnenko jailed in US

A Perth tech tycoon has been jailed in the US for eight…

Child seriously injured after falling over 20 metres down Table Top Mountain, toowoomba

A young boy remains in a serious condition with spinal and head…

Everyday Aussies who saved three lives recall ‘rescue of the year’

The everyday Aussies who played a crucial role in Life Saving Victoria’s…

NATO calls Russia its ‘most significant and direct threat’

NATO declared Russia the “most significant and direct threat” to its members’…