Police are investigating after a shooting at Uvalde Memorial Park in Texas left two juveniles injured on September 8.
Uvalde Police Chief Daniel Rodriguez confirmed to NBC News that there are two victims who were injured and the extent of the injuries is unknown at this time.
Detectives currently have four suspects in custody and are being questioned in connection with the shooting, the Uvalde Police Department confirmed on Facebook.
The statement also notes that at approximately 5:30 p.m. were dispatched to Uvalde Memorial Park in reference to a shooting.
“Two juveniles are currently being treated at a San Antonio hospital for injuries they sustained. Their conditions are unknown at this time,” the statement said, adding that anyone in the area with any information, video or photos is encouraged to contact the Uvalde Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division at 830-278-9147 or text message on their Facebook page.
The Texas Department of Public Safety he tweeted that the incident appeared to be a “suspected gang-related shooting.”
“We are working with the Uvalde Police Department and Sheriff’s Office following a suspected gang-related shooting at Memorial Park. This information is preliminary, as the situation develops we will work with local law enforcement to provide updates,” the tweet said.
In a statement, Texas Governor Greg Abbott condemned the shooting.
“I was outraged to learn that gang violence endangered the community of Uvalde and innocent Texans this afternoon,” he said in a statement.
“I immediately called Mayor McLaughlin and the Mitchell County Judge to offer the full support and resources of the state as law enforcement hunts down the gang members. After speaking with the mayor and county judge about the immediate need for more law enforcement support, I ordered the Department of Public Safety to conduct patrol operations in gang hotspots, send an additional six units of DPS troopers to work around the clock, and will begin to coordinate an anti-gang effort with the city,” he said.
“Working with the Uvalde Police Department and the Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office, DPS is also deploying special agents to target the five gangs operating in Uvalde. We thank all local and state law enforcement and first responders who they took immediate action to protect their fellow Texans. Gang violence has no place here in Texas, and we will bring the full force of justice to bear on these heinous criminals.”
The shooting comes months after the May 24 massacre at Robb Elementary School that left 21 people dead — 19 students and 2 teachers.
On September 6, Uvalde students, teachers and staff returned to school for the first time since the tragic day. Ahead of the new school year, the district announced additional security measures that included an increase in police presence at schools and higher fencing. The school board also offered parents a virtual option through the district.
Many parents spoke to TODAY about how they and their children felt when they returned to elementary school.
“It was almost a three-month decision,” Esmeralda Zamora told TODAY Parents about her 11-year-old daughter, Stacey Villarreal, who was inside when the shooting happened. “It was completely her decision, in conjunction with her therapist and counselor. It was a daily decision, and as school got closer, I watched her mood and her attitude and her excitement about going back to school.”
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