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The chilling moment a teenage gunman lurked outside a school before shooting 21 people dead was caught on camera.
Salvador Ramos, 18, was shot dead at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, US, following the tragic deaths of 19 children.
Police have released eerie security footage which shows Ramos skulking around the school's perimeter with the weapon he used only seconds later to massacre kids aged 10-years-old.
What sounds like gunfire can be heard going off in the video, which was shared on social media by the authorities as parents were alerted to the deadly raid.
Ramos barricaded himself inside the school and died during a shootout with border patrol officers.
At the time of the video being shared online, the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District said: “There is an active shooter at Robb Elementary. Law enforcement is on site.”
Ramos shot his grandmother before going to the school and triggering an "active shooter incident".
The death toll has risen to 21 including 19 children and two adults, with one of these earlier identified as a teacher.
Speaking after the incident, Gov. Greg Abbott identified the assailant and said: "The shooter was Salvadore Romus, an 18-year-old male who resided in Uvalde.
Texas school shooter pictured after killing 19 children and at least one teacher
"He abandoned his vehicle and entered the school with a handgun and a rifle, although that is not yet confirmed.
"He shot and killed 14 students and one teacher. Mr Romus is deceased. It is believed that responding officers killed him."
Heartbreaking images of young children killed in the Texas school massacre have been released to the public for the first time.
They have so far been named as 10-year-olds Xavier Lopez, Makenna Lee Elrod, Amerie Jo Garza, Eliahana 'Elijah Cruz' Torres, Uziyah Garcia, 9, Steven Garcia and Jennifer Lugo's daughter Ellie.
Teachers Irma Garcia and Eva Mireles were both shot dead at the school.
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Irma's nephew, John described her as a "hero" in an impassioned tweet.
He wrote: "My tia did not make it, she sacrificed herself protecting the kids in her classroom, i beg of you to keep my family including all of her family in y’all’s prayers , IRMA GARCIA IS HER NAME and she died a HERO."
A mobile morgue was photographed arrived outside the school as medical examiners took on the grim task of identifying the victims.
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