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21 killed at Uvalde elementary in Texas’ deadliest school shooting ever

In Uvalde, about 85 miles west of San Antonio, Robb Elementary serves second, third, and fourth grade pupils. The shooter is thought to have been slain by responding law enforcement, according to Governor Greg Abbott. Around 11:32 a.m., the firing began.

On Tuesday, a shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde County killed 19 children and two adults, making it the bloodiest school shooting in Texas history.

During a press conference Tuesday evening, Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Superintendent Hal Harrell remarked, “My heart is broken today.” “We’re a small town, so your prayers will help us get through this.”

The shooter was slain, said to Governor Greg Abbott. According to Pete Arredondo, head of police for the Uvalde CISD, the gunman acted alone.

“What happened in Uvalde was a tragic tragedy that the state of Texas cannot allow,” Abbott stated.

According to White House sources, President Joe Biden has called with Abbott and offered his support. In honor of those slain, Biden ordered flags to be flown at half-staff on all public property and at US embassies.

“I beg the country to pray for them tonight.” “Give the parents and siblings the fortitude they need right now amid the darkness,” Biden said at a news conference Tuesday evening.

Biden also repeated his push for gun reform.

“As a country, when in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby?” he said.

Eva Mireles, a schoolteacher, was recognized as one of the two adult victims by her aunt and a parent of a student on social media. The 19 children and the other adult have yet to be recognized. According to CNN, state Sen. Roland Gutierrez, D-San Antonio, believes a third adult has died, although officials have not verified this.

Others were hurt, according to authorities and medical personnel, although the exact number is unknown.

Salvador Ramos, an 18-year-old Uvalde resident, was identified as the gunman by Abbott. According to the governor, the guy abandoned his truck and entered Robb Elementary with a handgun and maybe a rifle.

According to Arredondo, the gunfire began around 11:32 a.m. At 12:17 p.m., the Uvalde school district tweeted about an active shooter.

According to a representative for the US Department of Homeland Security, Border Patrol officers responded to a call for help from local enforcement. When cops entered the school, they were met with gunfire from the gunman, who had barricaded himself inside. A Border Patrol agent shot the shooter before calling for help, according to a law enforcement officer.

Before the school incident, the shooter shot his grandmother, according to Gutierrez. According to information supplied to Gutierrez by the Texas Rangers, the grandma was transported to San Antonio Tuesday evening and was “still holding on.”

The shooter just purchased a gun online, according to the Daily Dot. According to the site, he just shared photographs of two guns on Instagram before the platform canceled his account

Second, third, and fourth grade children attend Robb Elementary. On Thursday, the children were supposed to celebrate the end of the school year.

In the 2020-2021 academic year, the school had 535 pupils, the majority of whom were Hispanic and deemed economically disadvantaged. Uvalde is a tiny town located 85 miles west of San Antonio. Its population of 15,200 people is mostly Hispanic.

After gunshots were fired in the neighborhood earlier Tuesday, the Uvalde CISD placed all schools on lockdown. According to Harrell, the school will be shuttered for the remainder of the academic year, but kids will be provided bereavement counseling.

“My heart hurts for the city of Uvalde,” Republican U.S. Rep. Tony Gonzales, whose district includes Robb Elementary School, posted on Twitter. “Pray for our families,” she said, quoting from the Bible.

According to The New York Times, the Uvalde tragedy is the second-deadliest shooting at an elementary, middle, or high school in the United States, following the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Since an Army psychiatrist opened fire at Fort Hood Army installation in November 2009, killing 13 people in what was subsequently revealed to be an act of religious fanaticism, the tragedy in Uvalde marks the seventh mass shooting in a Texas public area. Five years later, in April 2014, another Fort Hood soldier killed three people and injured a dozen more before killing himself during a battle with military police on the installation.

Since then, the number of mass shootings in Texas has risen, as has the number of people killed:

  • Five Dallas police officers were murdered in July 2016 when a 25-year-old shooter opened fire at a Black Lives Matter rally, wounding nine additional cops and two bystanders before being killed by a remote-controlled bomb during a standoff with authorities.
  • In November 2017, a 26-year-old man opened fire at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs during Sunday morning services, killing 26 people and injuring 20 more. When a local resident began firing at him, the gunman left the area, then fatally shot himself following a car pursuit.
  • Six months later, in May 2018, a 17-year-old student opened fire at Santa Fe High School outside Houston, killing eight students and two teachers and injuring 13. He was apprehended 25 minutes after the shooting started.
  • A 21-year-old man traveled from suburban Dallas to El Paso in August 2019, wrote a racist screed online, and then opened fire at a Walmart, mostly targeting Latinos. Before leaving the business and surrendering to Texas Rangers nearby, he murdered 23 people and wounded 25 more.
  • A 36-year-old man went on a shooting spree in the Midland-Odessa area later that month, killing seven people and wounding 25 more. Police officers shot and killed the guy outside an Odessa movie theater after he was sacked from his job earlier that day.

In response to mass shootings in Texas and elsewhere over the last decade, state lawmakers have passed a slew of legislation that prioritize Second Amendment rights and expand Texans’ freedom to carry weapons in locations where they were previously barred.

Following the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown in 2012, Texas passed a legislation the following year establishing a school marshal program that allows some staff to carry guns in Texas schools.

Following the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown in 2012, Texas passed a legislation the following year establishing a school marshal program that allows some staff to carry guns in Texas schools. Four years later, lawmakers gave Texans the option of openly carrying firearms rather than concealing them, and mandated that anybody with the proper license be able to carry concealed weapons in dorms, classrooms, and campus facilities.

The CEO of the Hispanic Federation, Frankie Miranda, has called for tangible ways to make Latino neighborhoods safer, such as supporting mental health care and gun control measures. “Tragedies such as this keep happening while elected officials do nothing, except, in Texas’ instance, make weapons more accessible,” the National Education Association and the Texas State Teachers Association said in a joint statement.

In a statement released Tuesday, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz said he is “raising up in prayer the whole Uvalde community during this sad moment.” He also told reporters that gun control laws are ineffective in curbing crime.

Abbott will speak at the National Rifle Association’s 2022 annual meeting in Houston on Friday, alongside Cruz and former President Donald Trump. Beto O’Rourke, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate who will face Abbott in the November general election, asked Abbott to leave the meeting late Tuesday.

“If you have any decency, Governor Abbott, you will withdraw from this weekend’s NRA convention and ask them to hold it somewhere other than Texas,” O’Rourke tweeted.

According to Politico, a representative for U.S. Senator John Cornyn indicated he will not attend the meeting due to an unanticipated change in his itinerary before to the Uvalde incident.

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