At least 19 people died this Tuesday, including fourteen students and a teacher, in a shooting at a school in the town of Uvalde (Texas, USA), where the aggressor also died. The incident occurred around 11:30 in the morning.
This was stated by the governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, at a press conference in which he specified that the attacker was 18 years old and was carrying a pistol and an AR-15 rifle.
The assailant “horribly and incomprehensibly shot and killed 14 students and killed a teacher,” Abbott told a news conference.
The shooter, who was a member of the community, entered the school and opened fire, Abbott said. The Texas governor said the shooter was killed by officers responding to the emergency call, but the incident was still under investigation. He specified that the attacker was identified as Salvador Ramos.
Abbott reported that the shooter shot his grandmother just before entering the school. “I have no further information on the connection between those two shootings,” he said.
“Texans are grieving for the victims of this senseless crime and for the community of Uvalde,” Abbott said, adding that he had instructed them “to thoroughly investigate this crime.”
For his part, the Uvalde police chief reported that there were deaths but did not confirm the number of fatalities. In addition, he said that the shooter acted and that he was killed by the authorities.
It was also reported that two police officers were injured after exchanging fire with the shooter.
President Biden was told about the shooting as he was returning from Japan, where he was on an Asian tour, according to his spokeswoman, Karine Jean-Pierre.
“His prayers are with the families affected by this terrible event, and he will speak tonight when he returns to the White House,” Jean-Pierre said.
The school was attended by children in the second, third and fourth grades of primary school. This Friday the students began their summer vacation. However, the school authorities reported that they had ended the school year.
Robb Elementary School, in Uvalde, Texas, is a town located between San Antonio and the Mexican border. More than 500 children were enrolled at the school during the 2020-2021 school year, according to state data.
Earlier, Uvalde Memorial Hospital had said on Facebook that it had treated “13 children,” adding that two people “had died” by the time they arrived, without specifying their ages.
A 66-year-old woman is also in “critical condition,” announced another hospital, University Health, located in the nearby city of San Antonio, Texas, which said it had received “two patients,” one adult and one child.
The Uvalde School District had previously noted on Twitter that there was an “active” shooting at Robb Elementary School and that security forces had moved into the area.
This shooting is one of the deadliest attacks on schools in the United States in recent years.
The deadly violence at this Texas school follows other mass shootings in the United States this month.
On May 14, an 18-year-old man shot and killed 10 people at a Buffalo, New York grocery store. Wearing a heavy bulletproof vest and carrying an AR-15 rifle, the self-proclaimed white supremacist reportedly live-streamed his attack.
He reportedly planned it for months, targeting the store because of the large African-American population that surrounds it.
The next day, a man blocked the door of a church in Laguna Woods, California and opened fire on his Taiwanese-American congregation, killing one person and wounding five.
The shooter, who was working as a security guard in Las Vegas, targeted people out of “politically motivated hate … (and) was upset about political tensions between China and Taiwan,” according to Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes. .
Despite recurring mass shootings and a national wave of gun violence, multiple initiatives to reform gun regulations have failed in the US Congress, leaving states and local councils to enact their own restrictions.
The United States recorded 19,350 homicides with firearms in 2020, almost 35% more than in 2019, according to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the main US public health agency.