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The death toll in Tuesday’s shooting at a Texas school has risen to 20. Eric Estrada, of the Texas Department of Public Safety, told CNN that 18 children, a gunman and another adult were involved in the shooting — the deadliest American elementary school shooting in nearly a decade.

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Estrada said officers received a call that a man had driven his vehicle into a ditch, after which the man exited the vehicle armed with a rifle and spoke to officers before entering Robb Elementary School.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott said the shooter entered Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, a small town about 85 miles west of San Antonio, around noon local time and opened fire with a handgun.

Abbott identified the shooter – who was murdered by police – as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, an Uvalde resident and former student at the school, and Abbott said that “it is being told” that he had killed his grandmother before the mass shooting began. was shot. ,

Pete Arredondo, Police Chief of the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District, said The shooter acted alone and officials are not looking for any other suspects.

Abbott said two police officers were shot, but both are expected to survive.

It is not clear how many students and school staff may have been injured, but Arredondo told reporters there were “multiple injuries”.

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