Located at the crossroads of US Highway 90 and 83, Uvalde, as per the United States Census Bureau, has a total area of 7.6 square miles (19.8 km2). It is located in southwestern Texas and lies along the Leona River, about 85 miles (135 km) west-southwest of San Antonio.
On Tuesday, a teen attacker entered into the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde and opened fire.
“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,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said.
The attacker was later killed.
“It’s believed that responding officers killed him,” he said. “It appears that two responding officers were struck by rounds but have no serious injuries.”
The governor also released 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.”
He added that the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Rangers have been instructed to work with local law enforcement to investigate the incident.
“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,” he said.