Governor Larry Hogan on Robb Elementary Shooting: Schools should never be a place of fear

Governor Larry Hogan offered words of comfort and support in a statement following the tragic Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde, Texas. 

"Another unspeakable tragedy has left families grieving, a community reeling, and a country desperately seeking answers," Governor Hogan said.  "Schools should never be a place of fear. No mom or dad should ever have to worry when they send their kids off to school whether they’ll come home safely."

The Governor said the Maryland State Police and the Maryland Department of Emergency Management has offered its full support and assistance to state and local officials in Texas.

On March 24, 2022, at approximately 11:30, Salvador Ramos, the 18 year old gunman, killed 19 children and two teachers as he opened fire inside a 4th grade classroom, Texas law enforcement officials say.  

Ramos had reportedly shot his grandmother before he crashed his car at the school and made his way inside.

"The shooter was able to make entry into a classroom, barricaded himself inside that classroom and again just began shooting numerous children and teachers that were in that classroom," Department of Public Safety Lt. Chris Olivarez said during a press conference.

Sources say the gunman was shot and killed by a member of law enforcement. 

The Anne Arundel County Police Department said it will provide comfort and support to area schools with increased presence in the days ahead.