A shooting at an elementary school west of San Antonio, Texas, killed 14 children and a teacher, the governor said Tuesday.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott said an 18-year-old man from the city of Yuvalde, Salvador Lomas, entered Rob Elementary School and fired early that day. “He shot and killed 14 students and killed his teacher, horribly and incomprehensible,” Abbott said at a press conference Tuesday afternoon.
“The Texans throughout the state are saddened by the victims of this nonsensical crime and the Yuvalde community,” Abbott said in a statement.
The gunner was armed with a pistol and perhaps a rifle, the governor said. Abbott said the shooter was dead and believed to have been killed by his corresponding officer. The two responding officers were also attacked by ammunition bullets, but were not seriously injured.
Abbott said the suspect was reported to have shot his grandmother before going to school.
Pete Arredondo, police chief of the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District, said a “massive casualty” occurred shortly after 11:30 am local time at Robb Elementary, which has children in grades 2, 3, and 4. confirmed.
The suspect is believed to have acted alone, and safety measures have been taken in the rest of the school district.
Yuvalde is a small town in southwest Texas with a population of about 15,000, about 50 miles from the US-Mexico border and 80 miles from San Antonio. According to Texas state government data, about 90% of Rob Elementary students are Hispanic and most students are considered “economically disadvantaged” by the state.
Shooting in Texas takes place within two weeks of the teenage shooting. Killed 10 people At a supermarket in Buffalo, New York.
President Joe Biden was briefed on the “horrible” shootings in Texas, White House spokesman Karine Jean-Pierre wrote in a tweet, and the incident later on Tuesday when he returned from his trip to Asia. Talk about. “His prayer is with his family affected by this terrible event,” she writes. Biden also ordered in honor of the victims to raise the American flag on the half-mast of all public buildings until sunset on May 28.
Texas shootings have triggered immediate demands for stricter gun control legislation from Congressional Democrats.
“I urge my Republican colleagues to join the Democratic Party by eventually making changes to our gun law to prevent Americans from recreating the tragedy of this gun too often. Dick Durbin, Member of the Illinois and Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said:
Chris Murphy, a Democratic senator representing Connecticut, was moved to criticize his Republican colleagues at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 when gunmen killed 26 people, including 20 children and 6 staff. I gave a nice speech in the Senate. “Why are you here?” He asked. “Why do you spend all this time running for the US Senate? .. If your answer is when our children run for their lives as the slaughter increases, we Do nothing? “
Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz showed no interest in new gun control measures shortly after the shooting. “From past experience, we know that one of the most effective tools to keep children safe is armed law enforcement on campus,” he said.
Additional Report by Justin Jacobs of Houston
Governor says 14 children were killed in a shooting at a school in Texas
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