Governor: Texas gunman said he was going to shoot up school

By ACACIA CORONADO and JIM VERTUNO
Associated Press

UVALDE, Texas (AP) – The governor of Texas says the gunman who killed 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school had warned in online messages minutes before the attack that he was going to shoot up a school. Gov. Greg Abbott says the shooter, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, used an AR-15 in the attack Tuesday at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde. About 30 minutes before the shooting, Ramos made three social media posts. According to the governor, Ramos posted that he was going to shoot his grandmother, then that he had shot the woman, and finally that he was going to shoot an elementary school. Abbott says Ramos had no known criminal or mental health history. “Evil swept across Uvalde yesterday,” Abbott said.

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By ELLIOT SPAGAT and ACACIA CORONADO
Associated Press

UVALDE, Texas (AP) – One student was an avid runner, so fast she swept all the races at field day.  Another was learning football plays from his grandfather. One girl sensed something was wrong and wanted to skip school. On Wednesday, stories began to emerge about the lives of the 19 fourth-graders – described by the school district superintendent as “precious individuals” – and their teachers who were gunned down behind a barricaded door at Robb Elementary School in the southwestern Texas town of Uvalde. Superintendent Hal Harrell says it was obvious by “their angelic smiles that they were loved.”

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