KEY POINTS

  • The suspect's grandmother was airlifted to the University Hospital in San Antonio
  • The suspect carried a handgun and an AR-15 assault weapon to the elementary school
  • The Uvalde School District will provide grief counseling and support to students

Uvalde -- Salvador Ramos, identified as the 18-year-old shooter who opened fire at an elementary school in Texas, reportedly shot his grandmother before going to the nearby school. 

The Texas school shooting suspect is believed to have shot his grandmother before going to Robb Elementary School where he shot and killed 18 elementary students and a teacher on Tuesday afternoon. 

“This young man shot his grandmother and fled that scene from that incident,” State Sen. Roland Guttierez told CNN

The suspect’s 66-year-old grandmother, whose identity was not revealed, had been airlifted and admitted to the University Hospital in San Antonio where she is currently “holding on.”

Ramos later carried a handgun, an AR-15 assault weapon and high capacity magazines. He opened fire at the elementary school at 11:32 a.m. local time. 

The suspect also shot a Customs and Border Protection agent who responded to the school shooting. The agent is receiving medical treatment and is in stable condition, sources told CBS News.

The 18-year-old shooter was killed by responding police officers. Investigators said Ramos acted alone. 

“The investigation is leading to tell us the suspect did act alone during this heinous crime,” Pete Arredondo, the chief of police for the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District, said at a news conference.

Dr. Hal Harrell, a superintendent of Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District, said they will cancel the rest of the school year following the shooting. The district is also expected to provide grief counseling and support for students. 

Police have yet to provide any details about a possible motive for the shooting. 

The Texas incident on Tuesday is the 212th recorded mass shooting incident in the United States in 2022. The Texas attack also happened just two weeks after the racially motivated shooting at a Buffalo, N.Y. supermarket where 13 people were killed. 

Throughout 2022, a total of 14,193 victims have either been injured or killed during mass shooting incidents. 

The tally comes from the independent data collection organization Gun Violence Archive, which defines a mass shooting as an incident where four or more people are shot or killed by a shooter. The count excludes the shooter. 

Shooting reported near elementary school in Uvalde, Texas A school employee talks through the window of a school bus to one of the parents near the scene of a suspected shooting near Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, U.S. May 24, 2022. Photo: Reuters / MARCO BELLO