All US school shooting victims were in the same room, official says

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All of the deaths and injuries in the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday occurred inside a classroom, according to Lt. Chris Olivarez, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety. .

The gunman barricaded himself in a room, killing two teachers and 19 children,” Olivarez told John Berman and Shimon Prokupecz of the CNN . He added that this “just shows the complete evil of this sniper”.

As the attack took place, police officers were circling the school, breaking windows and trying to evacuate children and staff. They were then able to force their way into the classroom where the shooter was, the officer added.

All victims were removed, identified and their families notified. Several children were injured inside the classroom, according to Olivarez, but there is no exact number at this time.

“It’s a small room, you can have 25 to 30 students there, plus two teachers… So I don’t have the exact number of how many students there were in that classroom, but it can vary. It was a typical classroom environment, where you have groups of children inside that room all together, with nowhere to go”, said the lieutenant.

Olivarez further noted that there was no pursuit with police before the shooter crashed a car near the school and, when asked if the school was a target, noted that there are still “a lot of unanswered questions”.

“We are trying to determine that, which is why we are working with the FBI right now to look back and see if there were any indicators, any red flags, looking at social media. What we do know about the shooter is that he is a resident here in Uvalde, attended one of the local high schools, lived with his grandparents, was unemployed, no friends, no girlfriend that we can identify at this time, no criminal record, no gang affiliation either ” he explained.

Olivarez said the gunman had a rifle in his possession when he entered the school, and authorities are working to determine what type of weapon it was and its capacity.

The shooter was wearing “a tactical vest without ballistic panels; so normally this type of clothing is used by tactical teams, SWAT teams, where they can put magazines, extra ammo inside these carriers and be able to move in a tactical formation,” he added.

The officer added that the grandmother – whom the gunman attacked earlier – is still alive and authorities are trying to locate the grandfather and family members.

*Raja Razek, from CNN contributed to this report

Source: CNN Brasil

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