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Video posted to social media Tuesday showed parents desperately running toward Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas as a shooting took place that ended up killing 19 children and two adults.
The video, posted on Snapchat and then shared across social media, shows several parents heading towards the school.
The caption reads: ‘Kids are running out of the classrooms’ with a broken heart emoji.
Notably, at least two other people are standing by recording with their phones.
The video comes as further details have been revealed about one of the adult victims and the shooter.
Fourth-grade teacher Eva Mireles was murdered along with at least 19 children and one other adult.
Video posted to social media Tuesday showed parents desperately running toward Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas as a shooting took place that ended up killing 19 children and two adults
Mireles’ aunt, Lydia Martinez Delgado, released a statement.
‘I’m furious that these shootings continue. these children are innocent. Rifles should not be easily available to all. This is my hometown, a small community of less than 20,000. I never imagined this would happen to especially loved ones … All we can do is pray hard for our country, state, schools, and especially the families of all.’
A parent on Twitter who claimed Mireles taught her daughter paid tribute.
‘My daughter’s beautiful teacher was the teacher who was killed in Uvalde, TX,’ A woman who went by ‘Audrey’ wrote.
‘Eva (Ms Mireles) taught Gabby in elementary school. She was a beautiful person & dedicated teacher. She believed in Gabby & went above & beyond to teach her as you can see below. There are no words.’
Fourth-grade teacher Eva Mireles was murdered along with at least 19 children and one other adult
A parent on Twitter who claimed Mireles taught her daughter paid tribute. ‘My daughter’s beautiful teacher was the teacher who was killed in Uvalde, TX,’ A woman who went by ‘Audrey’ wrote
The gunman was shot dead by a heroic Border Patrol agent who ran into the school with a tactical support team and killed him while he was barricaded inside, and exchanging gunfire with other Texas law enforcement officers.
The gunman, Salvador Ramos – wearing body armor, equipped with a handgun and possibly a rifle – shot his grandmother before entering the school and opening fire, said Governor Greg Abbott.
The grandmother was airlifted to hospital and her condition was unknown.
One of the teachers was named by her family as Eva Mireles, 44. The second has not been named.
Ramos, who was born in North Dakota but lived in Uvalde, was a student at Uvalde High School, Abbott said.
Ramos’s young victims were aged between seven and 11, CNN’s Ed Lavandera reported.
On Tuesday night the father of 10-year-old Annabelle Guadalupe Rodriguez said that she was still missing.
‘He shot and killed – horrifically and incomprehensibly – 14 students and killed a teacher,’ Abbott said at a press briefing. The death toll was later revised to 18 children.
‘There are families that are in mourning right now. And the state of Texas is in mourning with them.’
It was the deadliest such incident since 14 high school students and three adult staff were killed in Parkland, Florida in 2018 – and the worst at an elementary school since the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting in Connecticut, in which 20 children and six staff were killed.
‘The idea that an 18-year-old kid can walk into a gun store and buy two assault weapons is just wrong,’ said Joe Biden, addressing the country from the White House on Tuesday night.
‘As a nation, we have to ask: When in God’s name will we stand up to the gun lobby?’
He added: ‘Why are we willing to live with this carnage? Why do we keep on letting this happen? Where in God’s name is our backbone?’
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Salvador Ramos, 18, from Uvalde, Texas, drove to the Robb Elementary School after shooting his grandmother
Annabelle Guadalupe Rodriguez’s father said the 10-year-old was still unaccounted for
Eva Mireles, a fourth grade teacher, was one of two teachers shot and killed at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday
Ramos shared photos on social media of guns. His account was taken down shortly after Governor Greg Abbott confirmed his name
Ramos shared a photo on Instagram of him holding the magazine of a rifle
Gutierrez said that Ramos was born in North Dakota but lived in Uvalde.
Ramos messaged a woman he knew on Instagram, tagging her in a photo of the guns.
‘You gonna repost my gun pics,’ @sal8dor_ direct messaged the girl on May 12.
‘what your guns gotta do with me,’ she replied on Friday.
‘Just wanted to tag you,’ he said back.
Then at 5:43am on Tuesday, @salv8dor_ messaged her and said: ‘I’m about to’.
The girl asked ‘about to what’ to which he answered: ‘I’ll tell you before 11.’
He said he’d text her in an hour and urged her to respond.
‘I got a lil secret I wanna tell u,’ he messaged with a smiley face emoji covering its mouth.
‘Be grateful I tagged you,’ he wrote.
She replied: ‘No it’s just scary,’ adding: ‘I barely know you and you tag me in a picture with some guns?’
His last message at 9:16am on Tuesday was ‘Ima air out’.
The shooting started around 11:32am.
Robb Elementary School, which has 600 students enrolled, is located in the city of Uvalde, hometown of Matthew McConaughey, 60 miles east of the Mexican border and 80 miles west of San Antonio.
One video at the scene appears to show the suspected gunman, named by Governor Greg Abbott as Salvador Ramos, approach the school while what sounds like gunfire is going off in the background
Photos show a pickup truck that crashed outside the school, which, according to Abbott, Ramos abandoned before entering the school.
He was involved in a gunfight with border patrol agents who arrived on the scene. One of the agents was injured, but is expected to survive.
Additionally, thirteen children are being treated at the Uvalde Memorial emergency room as well as a 45-year-old man who suffered a ‘graze.’
University Health San Antonio also confirmed they received a child whose condition is currently unknown and a 66-year-old woman who is critical condition.
Biden, who flew home from Japan on Tuesday, addressed the nation from the Roosevelt Room of the White House at 8:45pm. Air Force One landed just before 7pm.
‘I had hoped, when I became president, I would not have to do this. Again. Another massacre,’ a visibly emotional Biden said.
Speaking from the White House Roosevelt Room with First Lady Jill Biden clad in black by his side, the president said: ‘Uvalde, Texas. An elementary school. Beautiful innocent, second, third, fourth graders. And how many scores of little children who witnessed what happen – see their friends die as if they’re on a battlefield, for God’s sake?’
He took a moment to empathize with parents who would never see their young children again after Tuesday.
‘Parents will never be the same. To lose a child, it’s like having a piece of your soul ripped away,’ said the president, who lost his son Beau Biden to brain cancer in 2015.
‘There’s a hollowness in your chest you feel like you’re being sucked into it. And never going to be able to get out. Suffocating. And it’s never quite the same. It’s the feeling shared by the siblings and the grandparents and the family members and the community that’s left behind.’
He lamented there were ‘so many crush spirits’ left to mourn the more than dozen victims.
‘So tonight, I asked the nation to pray for them. Give the parents and siblings the strength in the darkness they feel right now.’