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Texas school shooting: key facts

It is a horrific day for gun violence once again in the US, after an 18-year-old man in Texas opened fire in an elementary school, killing 14 students and one teacher. Here’s what we know now.

  • The shooting occurred in Uvalde, Texas, a town of about 15,000 people about 85 miles west of San Antonio in south-west Texas
  • The shooter opened fire at at Robb Elementary school. Its school district, Uvalde school district, has an enrollment of just under 600 students.
  • Texas governor Greg Abbott said on Tuesday that the suspected gunman was an 18-year-old man named Salvador Romas. Abbott said that shooter is “deceased and it is believed responding officers killed him”.
  • The man had a handgun and “may have also had a rifle”, the governor said.

More updates to come…

Law enforcement personnel stand outside Robb elementary school. Photograph: Dario Lopez-Mills/AP

Lawmakers respond to Texas shooting

As the nation reels from yet another mass shooting on US soil, current and former lawmakers are weighing in with thoughts, prayers, and calls for action.

US Republican senator John Cornyn of Texas said in a statement he is in touch with local officials in Uvalde and will continue to monitor the situation.

The shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde is every parent and teacher’s worst nightmare. No parent, child, or teacher should ever have to wonder whether it’s safe to go to school.

California governor Gavin Newsom said his own state is an example of the effectiveness of gun control laws.

Commonsense gun safety laws work. In CA, we have cut our gun death rate in half since the 1980’s. We won’t solve this overnight — but let’s stop pretending that these mass shootings are an inevitable horror we have to experience on a regular basis.

Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, who herself was a victim of a mass shooting in 2011, said she is “horrified” at inaction surrounding gun violence in the US.

How many more children will be killed by guns? How many young lives cut short, families shattered, communities traumatized because our leaders refuse to act on gun violence? Gun violence is a uniquely American problem—and it is now the leading cause of death for American children. I’m devastated that more precious young people have lost their lives in a horrific mass shooting today. I won’t rest until children can go to school without fearing for their lives. Our elected leaders must have the same resolve. Enough is enough.

Former Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell of Florida said the shooting shows how little has changed since the Majory Stoneman Douglas High School attack in her home state in 2018.

Today, our nation witnessed yet another school shooting, the deadliest school shooting since the 2018 tragedy near my home at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Tragically, little has changed since then. Our elected leaders have been more interested in listening to the gun lobby than protecting our children—and until that changes, we will continue to see devastating incident after devastating incident. Without real action, our country will more closely resemble the violence I left behind in Ecuador than the safe haven I sought in the United States.

US house of representatives majority leader Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland called for the passage of bills being blocked by Republicans that would “our schools, houses of worship, malls, entertainment venues, and streets safer from deadly gun violence”.

How many more times must Americans watch innocent children die in mass shootings at elementary schools before we decide as a nation to do something about gun safety? How many more times will we send our thoughts and prayers to parents burying their small children? How many more times will Senate Republicans express outrage at horrific shootings like the one today in Uvalde, Texas and then block meaningful, bipartisan background-check legislation supported by nine out of ten Americans and most responsible gun owners? How many more times?

The House has passed H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, along with Whip Clyburn’s legislation to close the Charleston Loophole and other bills aimed at making our schools, houses of worship, malls, entertainment venues, and streets safer from deadly gun violence.

Senate Republicans continue to block them, even though they have overwhelming support from the American people, who are sick and tired of turning on the news to see images like those we see today of ambulances where there ought to be school buses and tearful first responders where there ought to be beaming teachers. These images are indefensible, as is the news of everyday violence from firearms in communities across America that do not make national headlines.

I will be keeping the families who lost a child in my heart today, as I will the law enforcement and other first responders who have had to answer this difficult call. How many more of them will there be? How many more times must our nation be thrown into such shock and grief?

People sit on the curb outside of Robb Elementary School as State troopers guard the area in Uvalde, Texas.
People sit on the curb outside of Robb Elementary School as State troopers guard the area in Uvalde, Texas. Photograph: Allison Dinner/AFP/Getty Images

Activist groups respond to Texas mass shooting event

A coalition of gun control advocacy groups have issued statements of outrage and devastation following the shooting at Robb elementary school, calling school shootings the product of “inaction and cowardice” by lawmakers to pass gun control laws.

  • “A hate-fueled shooting in Buffalo, a school shooting in Texas, and a Supreme Court on the verge of putting existing gun laws in jeopardy — these are all symptoms of our nation’s profoundly broken approach to guns,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, the nation’s largest gun control group.
  • “We are heartbroken for everyone impacted by this senseless act of violence in a predominantly Latinx community,” said Rena Estala, a volunteer with the Texas chapter of Students Demand Action. “School is the last place where kids should have to worry about gun violence. We need leaders at every level to prioritize gun safety now.”
  • “We’re devastated by this horrific act of gun violence that will forever traumatize the Uvalde community,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, a grassroots organization that is part of Everytown. “School shootings are not acts of nature, they’re man-made acts of inaction, of cowardice, of corruption by all lawmakers who refuse to pass laws proven by data to stop preventable, senseless shootings like in Uvalde. We cannot and will not accept a reality in which our children aren’t safe in schools or their communities.”
People leave the Uvalde Civic Center following the shooting earlier in the day at Robb elementary.
People leave the Uvalde Civic Center following the shooting earlier in the day at Robb elementary. Photograph: William Luther/AP

White House lowers flag to half mast following elementary school shooting

The White House on Tuesday has lowered its flag to half mast to honor the lives of 14 children and one adult killed in Tuesday’s mass shooting.

Biden will address the nation this evening from the White House after returning from his trip to Asia.

The flag flies at half-staff at the White House on Tuesday.
The flag flies at half-staff at the White House on Tuesday. Photograph: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

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Connecticut senator Chris Murphy makes emotional appeal for gun violence reform

Moments after learning that 14 students had been massacred at an elementary school in Texas, Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut, delivered an emotional appeal for gun control on the Senate floor.

“What are we doing here?” Murphy asked, tears brimming in his eyes.

“Why are we here?” Sen. Chris Murphy says passionately on the Senate floor following the Texas elementary school shooting.

“I am here on this floor, to beg, to literally get down on my hands and knees and beg my colleagues…find a way to pass laws that make this less likely.” pic.twitter.com/aiS6maad7G

— CBS News (@CBSNews) May 24, 2022

Speaking on the Senate floor, Murphy clasped his hands together and begged Republicans to work with his party to pass meaningful gun reform legislation.

“I am here on this floor to beg, to literally get down on my hands and knees to beg my colleagues: find a path forward here,” he said.

Few senators understand the horror mass shootings inflict on a community quite like Murphy, who spent the hours after the killing at Sandy Hook elementary school consoling families who had lost children and loved ones.

A man wearing a purple tie speaks into a microphone.
Senator Chris Murphy begged Republicans to work with Democrats to pass meaningful gun reform legislation on Tuesday. Photograph: Reuters

On the floor, he spoke about the lasting trauma these tragedies have on the students, schools and communities. Since that massacre 10 years ago, Murphy has made it his mission to enact gun control reform only to be disappointed again and again as the bills fail to overcome the Senate filibuster.

In his speech on Tuesday, Murphy asked Republicans: “Why do you go through all the hassle of getting this job, or putting yourself in a position of authority if your answer is that, as this slaughter increases, as our kids run for their lives, we do nothing.”

He asked again: “What are we doing?”

Police officials in Uvalde hold brief press conference

Police officials with the Uvalde Consolidated Independent school district (CISD) where Tuesday’s mass shooting occurred shared more details about the tragedy in a press conference on Tuesday afternoon.

Pete Arredondo, Uvalde CISD chief of police, confirmed in a public statement that at 11.32 am on Tuesday a shooter opened fire at Robb elementary school, killing and injuring a number of victims.

The gunman was not named in the press conference but has been identified as Salvador Romas, an 18-year-old man from Uvalde. He is now dead, Arredondo confirmed, and he said it is believed Romas acted alone.

Robb elementary school has students in second, third and fourth grades, Arredondo said, and families of victims are now being notified. Law enforcement is working to safely evacuate remaining students in the school district.

“We do want to keep all their families in our prayers,” he said. “I hope you do as well.”

Police officials did not take any questions and said they would provide more details as they emerge.

Biden has been briefed on the incident

Joe Biden has not yet made a public statement about the mass shooting at an elementary school in Texas today, but White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the president has been briefed on the situation and will address the nation from the White House this evening.

President Biden has been briefed on the horrific news of the elementary school shooting in Texas and will continue to be briefed regularly as information becomes available.

— Karine Jean-Pierre (@PressSec) May 24, 2022

“His prayers are with the families impacted by this awful event,” she said, adding that he will return from his trip to Asia to address the country tonight.

The speech will reportedly be televised at 8.15 ET, 5.15 PT.

Texas school shooting: key facts

It is a horrific day for gun violence once again in the US, after an 18-year-old man in Texas opened fire in an elementary school, killing 14 students and one teacher. Here’s what we know now.

  • The shooting occurred in Uvalde, Texas, a town of about 15,000 people about 85 miles west of San Antonio in south-west Texas
  • The shooter opened fire at at Robb Elementary school. Its school district, Uvalde school district, has an enrollment of just under 600 students.
  • Texas governor Greg Abbott said on Tuesday that the suspected gunman was an 18-year-old man named Salvador Romas. Abbott said that shooter is “deceased and it is believed responding officers killed him”.
  • The man had a handgun and “may have also had a rifle”, the governor said.

More updates to come…

Officers wearing khaki green helmets and vests stand in a group near a sign reading 'School buses only'.
Law enforcement personnel stand outside Robb elementary school. Photograph: Dario Lopez-Mills/AP

Hello readers, Kari Paul here in Oakland to keep you posted on the news in the aftermath of a tragic mass shooting that just occurred in Texas. More updates to come shortly.



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