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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

How 19 Pupils, Teacher Were Killed In Texas School Shooting

    • Tuesday scene of horror



| The Daily Crucible | Wednesday, May 25, 2022

An 18-year-old gunman killed 19 school children and a teacher at an elementary school in Texas on Tuesday, according to  witnessed but the state’s governor, said 14 were shot dead in the nation’s deadliest school shooting in years.

One of the adults killed was a teacher, who has been identified as Eva Mireles. 

The gunman said to have shot his grandmother earlier, opened fire at Robb Elementary School - which teaches children aged seven to 10 - in the city of Uvalde before he was killed by law enforcement.

The  attacker had a handgun, an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and high-capacity magazines, according to investigators.

Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Chief of Police Pete Arredondo said the shooting began at 11:32 local time on Tuesday, and that investigators believe the attacker "did act alone during this heinous crime".

Texas Governor Greg Abbott said the shooter, whom he named as Salvador Ramos, abandoned a vehicle before entering the school to "horrifically, incomprehensibly" open fire.

The attack in Uvalde, Texas — a small community about an hour from the Mexican border — is the latest in a spree of deadly shootings in the United States, where widespread horror at gun violence has failed to spur action to head off future killings.

The assailant “shot and killed, horrifically and incomprehensibly, 14 students and killed a teacher,” Governor Greg Abbott told a news conference.
The governor said the suspect, a local teenager, was also “deceased,” adding that “it is believed that responding officers killed him.”

It was the deadliest such incident since 14 high school students and three adult staff were killed in Parkland, Florida in 2018 — and the worst at an elementary school since the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting in Connecticut, in which 20 children and six staff were killed.

President Joe Biden has been briefed on the texas shooting, and was to speak about it later Tuesday, his spokeswoman said.

Abbott said the shooter was believed to have “abandoned his vehicle and entered into the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde with a handgun, and he may also have had a rifle."

Ted Cruz, a US senator from Texas, tweeted that he and his wife are “lifting up in prayer the children and families in the horrific shooting in Uvalde.”

– Wave of gun violence –

“Thank you to heroic law enforcement & first responders for acting so swiftly,” Cruz added.

The deadly violence in Texas follows a series of mass shootings in the United States this month.

On May 14, an 18-year-old white man shot 10 people dead at a Buffalo, New York grocery store.

Wearing heavy body armor and wielding an AR-15 rifle, the self-declared white supremacist allegedly livestreamed his attack, having reportedly targeted the store because of the large surrounding African American population.

The following day, a man blocked the door of a church in Laguna Woods, California and opened fire on its Taiwanese-American congregation, killing one person and injuring five.

Despite recurring mass-casualty shootings, 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 suffered 19,350 firearm homicides in 2020, up nearly 35 percent compared to 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in its latest data.

Additional report : AFP

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