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Texas school shooting live updates: 2 injured adults upgraded to good condition

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A small town in rural Texas is reeling after a gunman opened fire at an elementary school on Tuesday, killing 19 children.

Two teachers were also among those killed at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, according to authorities.

Prior to opening fire at the school, the suspect also allegedly shot his grandmother, officials said.

The alleged gunman -- identified by authorities as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, a student at Uvalde High School -- is dead.

 

Latest Developments

May 30, 12:26 PM

2 injured adults upgraded to good condition

The two injured adults who remain hospitalized at the Brooke Army Medical Center have been upgraded to good condition, the hospital said Monday.

Three other survivors remain at University Hospital: a 10-year-old girl in serious condition, a 9-year-old girl in good condition and the suspect's grandmother who is in fair condition, according to the hospital.

Seventeen people overall were injured in Tuesday's mass shooting.

People embrace at a memorial in the town square for victims of Tuesday's mass shooting at Robb Elementary School on May 26, 2022 in Uvalde, Texas. © Eric Thayer/Getty Images People embrace at a memorial in the town square for victims of Tuesday's mass shooting at Robb Elementary School on May 26, 2022 in Uvalde, Texas.

-ABC News' Jennifer Watts

 
May 30, 1:01 PM

Biden says he hasn't engaged with Republicans on gun reform

As President Joe Biden arrived at the White House Monday, he said he met with victims and their families Sunday for three hours and 40 minutes, adding that their "pain is palpable" and "unnecessary."

People visit a memorial for the 19 children and two adults killed on May 24th during a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School on May 30, 2022 in Uvalde, Texas. © Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images People visit a memorial for the 19 children and two adults killed on May 24th during a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School on May 30, 2022 in Uvalde, Texas.

The back-to-back mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas, prompted a group of bipartisan senators to engage in some initial conversations about gun legislation. Biden said he hasn't spoken to Republicans about gun reform. Asked by a reporter if he thinks anything will now be different for Republicans, Biden said he did not know, but that he believes they’ll "take a hard look."

Noting that he has asked for Congress to act on guns, a reporter asked Biden if he has a particular responsibility now to get this done. Biden said he’d continue to take any executive action he can, but admitted that without Congress, he "can't outlaw a weapon" or change background checks.

-ABC News' Armando Tonatiuh Torres-García

 
May 30, 11:35 AM

State senator: 'Every day is 1 day closer to students dying'

Texas state Sen. Roland Gutierrez is counting down the days until the start of the next school year, which he said is 77 days.

Without change, "every day is one day closer to students dying," Gutierrez, a Democrat, told ABC News.

Crosses with the names of victims of a school shooting, are pictured at a memorial outside Robb Elementary school, after a gunman killed nineteen children and two teachers, in Uvalde, U.S. May 26, 2022. © Marco Bello/Reuters Crosses with the names of victims of a school shooting, are pictured at a memorial outside Robb Elementary school, after a gunman killed nineteen children and two teachers, in Uvalde, U.S. May 26, 2022.

He is among the lawmakers calling on Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to convene a special session to address gun violence.

The senator also mentioned potential plans to tear down Robb Elementary and build a new campus.

"I want what families want. Every person has told me they don’t want to go back. Little kids I’ve met have told me they don’t want to go in that school," he said.

-ABC News' Marcus Moore and Darrell Calhoun

 
May 29, 3:52 PM

Bidens attend Mass in Uvalde

As President Joe Biden left Mass at a Catholic Church in Uvalde, Texas, on Sunday afternoon, he walked over to a crowed of people outside chanting, "Do something."

Biden looked at the crowd and mouthed the words, "We will."

Biden and first lady Jill Biden attended Mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. As they entered the sanctuary, Jill Biden reached out and lightly touched the hands of several people seated along the aisle as she and the president made their way to their seat in the first-row pew.

About 600 people attended the service.

The president and first lady were greeted at the church by Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, according to the White House.

“In the midst of collapse and devastation, we have come once more to this our house. To pray. And to be together," one of the service leaders said as the Mass got underway.

Garcia-Siller invited children to come to the front of the church and sit.

"They passed away. But you are alive," the archbishop told the children, referring to the 19 students and two teachers killed in the attack at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday.

Garcia-Siller told the children that he believes they will help the community heal. He noted how Jesus died and “rose from the dead," and then went to heaven.

“He prepared a place for the 19 little ones we lost,” the archbishop said.

The archbishop said he has experienced the goodness of people in the wake of the horrific tragedy. He reflected on Jesus’ message of peace, saying, Jesus felt fear and pain, but did not become bitter.

Garcia-Siller spoke of the joy of heaven.

“Our children in Uvalde who left us already join in this joy," he said. “Heaven is open for all."

 
May 29, 3:42 PM

Suspected shooter's grandmother in fair condition

The Uvalde school shooting suspect's grandmother, who was the first person shot in Tuesday's attack, has been upgraded to fair condition, University Health officials tweeted Sunday.

The 66-year-old woman, who police said was allegedly shot in the head by her grandson, is being treated at University Hospital in San Antonio, officials said.

Two young victims who survived the shooting at Robb Elementary School remained in University Hospital on Sunday. A 10-year-old girl was listed in serious condition at the hospital, while a 9-year-old girl was listed in good condition, hospital officials said.

 
May 29, 1:37 PM

Chaos, confusion and the decision to enter school: Sources

When federal agents from Customs and Border Protection and Homeland Security Investigations arrived at Robb Elementary School Tuesday, they immediately encountered a scene of confusion and chaos, according to multiple law enforcement officials briefed on the attack.

Some arrived with heavy equipment, others with whatever they could carry as they ran to the scene on foot.

Initially, these agents, multiple law enforcement sources told ABC News, tried to discern who was doing what, where was shooter who was engaging law enforcement and how were children were being evacuated.

Students escape through a window during the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School, May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. © Pete Luna/Uvalde Leader-News Students escape through a window during the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School, May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas.

Once the tactical team assembled with enough gear, they became aware of an order not to enter the classroom because they were told the suspect had barricaded himself, the sources told ABC News.

The Texas Department of Public Safety has said the incident commander wrongly believed the shooting had stopped.

Eventually, the special agent-in-charge of Homeland Security Investigations gave the instruction to all federal agents under the umbrella of the Department of Homeland Security that they were free to use their best judgment and to do what they felt was best, the sources said.

The federal agents were unsure whether any children could be saved at that point, but they were interested in evacuating the wounded. Some agents brought children in other classrooms out through windows.

The tactical team went in at 12:50 p.m. CDT and fatally shot the suspect, 77 minutes after the shooting started, officials said.

The suspect was dead at the scene, the sources said. He was found with more than a dozen bullet wounds.

 
May 29, 1:10 PM

Justice Department to investigate police response to Uvalde shooting

The Justice Department will conduct a critical incident review to examine the law enforcement response to last week’s school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, a spokesperson announced on Sunday.

The review is being conducted at the request of Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin and the DOJ will publish a report on its findings at the conclusion.

"The goal of the review is to provide an independent account of law enforcement actions and responses that day, and to identify lessons learned and best practices to help first responders prepare for and respond to active shooter events. The review will be conducted with the Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing," the DOJ said in a statement.

“As with prior Justice Department after-action reviews of mass shootings and other critical incidents, this assessment will be fair, transparent, and independent. The Justice Department will publish a report with its findings at the conclusion of its review.”

 
May 29, 9:10 PM

President, first lady place bouquet of roses at Robb Elementary School memorial

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden paid their respects at a memorial outside Robb Elementary School on Sunday, placing a bouquet of white roses and viewing and touching photos of the 19 children and two teachers killed in Tuesday's attack at the school.

The Bidens' motorcade arrived to applause from community residents lining the street nearby.

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden pay their respects at a makeshift memorial outside of Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on May 29, 2022. © Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden pay their respects at a makeshift memorial outside of Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on May 29, 2022.

The president and first lady met Robb Elementary School principal Mandy Gutierrez. The president hugged Gutierrez and appeared to offer words of comfort.

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden attend mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church after paying their respects at a memorial at the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, May 29, 2022. © Jonathan Ernst/Reuters President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden attend mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church after paying their respects at a memorial at the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, May 29, 2022.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott also joined the Bidens at the memorial.

 
May 29, 9:20 PM

Biden, first lady arrive in Uvalde

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden have arrived in Uvalde, Texas, Sunday morning and plan to meet with loved ones of 19 students and two teachers killed in Tuesday's mass shooting at Robb Elementary School.

The Bidens arrived at Uvalde's Garner Field on Marine One just before noon after flying on Air Force One at Kelly Field in San Antonio earlier Sunday.

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrive at JASA-Kelly Airfield before visiting Robb Elementary School to pay their respects to the victims of the mass shooting in San Antonio, Texas, May 29, 2022. © Evan Vucci/AP President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrive at JASA-Kelly Airfield before visiting Robb Elementary School to pay their respects to the victims of the mass shooting in San Antonio, Texas, May 29, 2022.

The Bidens were met on the tarmac at Garner Field by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin and other local dignitaries.

The White House said the president and first lady intend "to grieve with the community that lost twenty-one lives in the horrific elementary school shooting."

The Bidens are scheduled to visit a growing memorial outside Robb Elementary School and attend Mass at a local Catholic church before meeting with the family members of those killed in the attack and first responders.

 
May 29, 11:32 AM

Senators hold bipartisan negotiations on federal gun legislation

Some Democrat and Republican senators are negotiating through the Memorial Day weekend in an attempt to find "common ground" on potential federal gun laws intended to prevent massacres like the one at a Uvalde, Texas, school, according to Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy.

"There are serious negotiations and we are going to continue to meet through early next week to try to find some common ground," Murphy, a Democrat, told ABC "This Week" co-anchor Jonathan Karl on Sunday.

Murphy said negotiations with Republican senators have included discussions of "red flag" laws, expansion of the federal background check system, safe storage, mental health resources and increased security funding for schools.

"What we're talking about is not insignificant," Murphy said.

He said the goal is to come up with a package "that really in the end could have a significant downward pressure on gun violence in this country and break the logjam."

"Maybe that's the most important thing we could do is just show that progress is possible and that the sky doesn't fall for Republicans if it supports some of these common sense measures," Murphy said.

Murphy, who took up the cause of combatting gun violence a decade ago following the deadly 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, said he is hearing from more Republicans than ever agreeing on the need for new federal gun legislation, or to bolster laws on the books now.

Republican Rep Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., told Karl that "raising the age of gun purchase to 21 is a no brainer."

"If you look at the Parkland shooting, you look at Buffalo, you look at this shooting, these are people under the age of 21," Kinzinger said. "We know that the human brain develops and matures a lot between the age of 18 and 21. We just raised -- without really so much as a blink -- the age of purchasing cigarettes federally to 21."

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