A young gunman killed 21 people at an elementary school in the town of Uvalde. The majority of them, whose number could increase, were between 7 and 10 years old.
The city of Uvalde, Texas has a population of 16,000. It is located about 140 kilometers west of San Antonio, towards the Mexican border. This is where the Robb Elementary School is located, a public school with 570 students, mainly of Hispanic origin, from modest or disadvantaged backgrounds. Salvador Ramos, a resident of Uvalde, had just turned 18 and was attending a high school in the city.
Tuesday, May 24, after shooting his grandmother at her home for an as yet unknown reason, the young man went in his gray pick-up near the primary school. It is not known whether he had chosen this specific target premeditated. He left the car in a ditch. He entered the building and wreaked havoc.
In total, at least 19 children, between 7 and 10 years old, were killed, as well as two adults. The final toll of the victims has not yet been established: the wounded have been evacuated, sometimes in critical condition, to two hospitals in the region. The shooting took place at 11:30 a.m. Salvador Ramos was equipped with at least one assault rifle, according to State Security Department Sgt. Erick Estrada, who claimed he bought his guns for his 18th birthday. It is unclear at this time whether he acquired them from a Texas gun shop or online.