Salvador Rolando Ramos, the 18-year-old suspect in the Texas elementary school shooting, allegedly shot and killed his grandmother before proceeding to the school and opening fire, several US media websites reported, quoting authorities. 

On Tuesday morning, Ramos, who is from Uvalde, entered the campus and opened fire, killing 14 students and a teacher

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said in a press conference that the 18-year-old entered the campus with a handgun.

“It’s believed that he abandoned his vehicle and entered into the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde with a handgun and he may have also had a rifle, but that is not yet confirmed according to my most recent report. He shot and killed, horrifically, incomprehensively, fourteen students and killed a teacher,” he said.

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Minutes after the shooting, the suspect was killed by responding officers.

“It’s believed that responding officers killed him. It appears that two responding officers were struck by rounds but have no serious injuries,” Abbott said. 

The motive behind the shooting was not known.

Two officers were also shot but were not seriously injured, authorities said. 

Abbott issued a statement saying, “Texans across the state are grieving for the victims of this senseless crime and for the community of Uvalde. Cecilia and I mourn this horrific loss and we urge all Texans to come together to show our unwavering support to all who are suffering. We thank the courageous first responders who worked to finally secure Robb Elementary School.”

Meanwhile, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre tweeted that President Joe Biden has been briefed on the incident. 

“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.