In one of the bloodiest school shootings in American history, an 18-year-old gunman opened fire at an elementary school in Texas, killing 21 people, including 18 children, and injuring several others before being slain by police.
At before 11.30 a.m. on Tuesday, gunshots broke out from Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, roughly 134 kilometers from San Antonio.
Salvador Ramos, a resident of the region where the school was located, was named as the killer by Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
The motivation of the shooter is unknown.
“He shot and killed 14 pupils and a teacher in a brutal, incomprehensible manner,” Abbott said later that evening; the death toll was ultimately climbed to 18 children and three adults.
Texans are grieving for the victims of this senseless crime & for the community of Uvalde.
Cecilia & I mourn this horrific loss & urge all Texans to come together.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) May 24, 2022
Two police officers were shot, but Abbott said they are likely to recover.
According to law enforcement authorities, Ramos was armed with a handgun and an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle.
The shooter was also armed with high-capacity magazines.
The deceased’s names and other details have yet to be revealed.
According to the school’s website, its students range in age from 5 to 11.
The’mass casualty event occurred at Robb Elementary School at about 11:32 this morning,’ according to Uvalde Chief of Police Pete Arredondo.
He said the killer was a lone wolf who was killed in a police shootout.
He stated the deceased youngsters were in the second, third, and fourth classes and were between the ages of 7 and 10.
During his trip back from the Quad Summit in Japan, US President Joe Biden was briefed on the shooting.
I’m addressing the nation on the horrific elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. https://t.co/8WI1nWHu6R
— President Biden (@POTUS) May 25, 2022
After returning to Washington, DC, Biden will address the media about the incident in the evening, according to his press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre.
‘His (Biden’s) prayers are with the families devastated by this dreadful occurrence,’ Jean-Pierre remarked in a tweet.
In honor of those killed in Texas, Biden has ordered the US flag to be flown at half-mast until sunset on Saturday, May 28.
The American flag will be flown at half-staff throughout all public buildings, grounds, military posts, naval stations, navy vessels, embassies, consular offices, and military facilities.