Olivarez stated that the gunman shot his grandmother in a “domestic disturbance” before crashing a vehicle near the school and entering.
When local police and state troopers arrived and confronted the suspect, he returned fire and some of the responding officers were shot, per Olivarez.
“So, at that point, they began breaking windows around the school trying to evacuate children, teachers, anybody they could, trying to get them out of that building, out of that school,” Olivarez said.
Olivarez stated that the suspect used a “long rifle, platform type rifle” and was wearing a tactical vest.
“What we do know at that point, the shooter was able to make entry into a classroom, barricaded himself inside that classroom and again, just began shooting numerous children and teachers who were in that classroom,” Olivarez said.
A tactical team composed of various law enforcement officers killed the perpetrator.
Olivarez explained that the Texas Rangers are leading the investigation with the help of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Investigators are seeking more information about the perpetrator’s personal life. They know he lived with his grandparents in Uvalde and attended high school, the lieutenant explained.
Olivarez said police are still working on a timeline and it is unclear at this point how long the suspect was shooting before responding officers arrived.
“We did have multiple officers on scene that responded within a moment’s notice and without hesitation tried to make entry into that school but at that point they were at a point of disadvantage because the suspect, the shooter, had barricaded himself inside that classroom,” Olivarez said.
Gov. Greg Abbott and other public officials — including Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Speaker Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont), and Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) — are scheduled to hold a news conference in Uvalde on Wednesday afternoon to provide an update to the public.
An 18-year-old man killed 14 children and one teacher at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde on Tuesday, according to a statement by Gov. Greg Abbott.
Abbott indicated that the suspect is dead, reportedly killed by the responding officers. Two officers were hit with gunfire, but their injuries were not fatal and they are expected to fully recover. The governor also said the gunman is said to be a U.S. citizen and a high school student.
The man also apparently shot his grandmother before proceeding to the elementary school, the governor said.
Abbott stated that the teen is believed to have “abandoned” his vehicle and entered the school with a pistol and possibly a rifle, though the governor said it is unconfirmed whether he possessed a long gun.
He explained that the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District (CISD) Police Department is the investigating agency and is being assisted by state authorities.
Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) South Texas Regional Director Victor Escalon is on the scene to help with the investigation, per Abbott.
In a news conference, Uvalde CISD Chief Pete Arredondo said the gunman entered the school at 11:32 a.m. and acted alone.
“I have instructed the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Rangers to work with local law enforcement to fully investigate this crime,” Abbott said in a statement Tuesday evening.
“The Texas Division of Emergency Management is charged with providing local officials all resources necessary to respond to this tragedy as the State of Texas works to ensure the community has what it needs to heal.”
Uvalde is less than a hundred miles west of San Antonio.
The piece will be updated as more confirmed information is provided by authorities.
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Hayden Sparks is a reporter for The Texan and a lifelong resident of the Lone Star State. He has coached competitive speech and debate and has been involved in politics since a young age. One of Hayden's favorite quotes is by Sam Houston: "Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may."