At least 18 killed by active shooter in Uvalde

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A gunman killed 19 children at a Texas elementary school Tuesday in the deadliest shooting at a US grade school since the 2012 attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Wearing body armor and firing hundreds of rounds, the 18-year-old gunman killed 19 children and two teachers, Texas Department of Public Safety Lt. Chris Olivarez said. A US Border Protection agent, one of several responding to the scene, shot and killed the gunman, a senior Department of Homeland Security official told USA TODAY on Tuesday night.

Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Erick Estrada said the gunman also shot his grandmother before driving to Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, where he was armed with a rifle and overpowered a school officer. Estrada said the grandmother had been airlifted to a hospital and was in critical condition.