Tuesday night the Department of Justice confirmed FBI and ATF agents have responded to Uvalde, Texas and are working with law enforcement partners on the ground.
In a statement Attorney General Merrick B. Garland said, “Today, another mass shooting has taken the lives of innocent victims, including elementary school children and their teacher. This act of unspeakable violence has devastated an entire community and shaken our country.”
As previously stated, the law enforcement investigation on the ground is very fluid, ongoing and has many moving parts to it. Much of the information coming in is preliminary investigative information.
What we know tonight is that 19 students and a teacher are dead. The gunman has been identified as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, of Uvalde, Texas and a student at Uvalde High School. While there is not any official confirmation, preliminary reports point to Ramos being shot and killed by a U.S. Border Patrol Agent with BORTAC, the Border Patrol Tactical Unit.
Preliminary investigation suggests this Agent was nearby when the shooting was reported. The Agent rushed to the school and without waiting for backup engaged Ramos.
In addition to the ATF and FBI as many as 20 Border Patrol Agents responded to Uvalde, Texas to assist local law enforcement at what was a harrowing and chaotic scene.
Investigative Reporters with Crime Trackers Austin and San Antonio will remain in Uvalde and any updates will be posted on Twitter (@crimetrackers). Additional support from investigative reporters in Washington DC and Maine are in flight to Texas.