Austin, Texas Field Office

Police Investigating Mass Killing At Texas School

At approximately 12:27 p.m. Tuesday afternoon Crime Trackers’ New Orleans Field Office was alerted of an active shooter incident in Uvalde, Texas. An Orange Alert was sent out to the Crime Trackers Shooting Response Team at the Austin, Texas field office. This team of investigative reporters arrived at Robb Elementary School at approximately 3:22 p.m. Additionally, 2 investigative reporters from the Austin, Texas field office Major Crimes Section, who were at a stabbing incident in San Antonio, Texas were diverted to Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. These two investigative reporters are also trained victim advocates. 

It is important to note that the investigation by law enforcement is still in its early stages, is fluid and ongoing.

Allegedly Salvador Ramos, 18, went to Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas off Old Carrizo Road near U.S. Highway 83 and abandoned his vehicle nearby. Ramos went to an area of the school which houses 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders, and at about 11:30 a.m. he allegedly opened fire inside the school, killing 15 people including 14 children and 1 teacher.

Several others, including two police officers who were shot, were wounded and taken to an area hospital to be treated for their injuries. 

Salvador Ramos, was shot and killed by police officers.

25,000 people live in Uvalde County, just 85 miles west of San Antonio and 70 miles east of the U.S. Mexico border in Del Rio. 73% of the population is Hispanic or Latino, and about 50% of the residents live in a home where a language other than English is spoken.

On Monday, the FBI released the “Active Shooter Incidents in the United States in 2021 report.” In 2021, the FBI designated 61 shootings as active shooter incidents. In these incidents, 103 people were killed and 140 wounded, excluding the shooters. For the period 2017–2021, active shooter incident data reveals an upward trend. The number of active shooter incidents identified in 2021 represents a 52.5% increase from 2020 and a 96.8% increase from 2017.

The FBI defines an active shooter as one or more individuals actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area. Implicit in this definition is the shooter’s use of a firearm. The active aspect of the definition inherently implies the ongoing nature of an incident, and thus the potential for the response to affect the outcome, whereas a mass killing is defined as three or more killings in a single incident.

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