According to reports from numerous news sites, a shooting that took place on Tuesday at an elementary school in southwest Texas resulted in the deaths of at least 18 pupils and one teacher.
The tragedy took place at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, which is a tiny community located around 80 miles west of San Antonio. “What happened in Uvalde is a horrific tragedy that cannot be tolerated in the state of Texas,” Gov. Greg Abbott said.
In his opening statement to the media, Abbott said that the shooter “shot and killed — horrifically, incomprehensibly — 14 students, and killed a teacher.” Later on Tuesday, other news organizations, including the Associated Press and the Texas Tribune, claimed that the number of fatalities had increased to include at least 18 children, citing a state senator and the Texas Department of Public Safety as their sources.
In a brief statement, the Chief of Police for the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District, Pedro “Pete” Arredondo, stated that police were summoned to the school, which teaches students in grades 2 to 4, soon after 11:30 a.m. for the first time.
Arredondo said that there were “several injuries” among adults and kids, as well as “some deaths,” but he refused to provide precise figures at this time in the investigation. The head of the police department has reported that the suspect had died.
Abbott named the shooter as an 18-year-old guy from Uvalde who was thought to have been killed by the cops that responded to the scene. According to the governor, at least two law enforcement personnel were hit by gunfire, although they did not sustain life-threatening injuries, Buzzfeed News reports.
At about noon, the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District sent the initial warning to parents through Facebook that an active shooter had caused lockdowns at the district’s schools.
“This was a tragic and senseless event today and my heart is broken,” Hal Harrell, the school district’s superintendent, said to the press. “We’re a small community and we need your prayers to get through this.”
During a news conference held on Tuesday evening, local officials said that the investigation into the incident was still in progress, but they refused to provide any other details.
In a subsequent speech to the country from the White House on Tuesday night, President Joe Biden questioned when Congress would finally “stand up” to gun rights lobbyists.
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