A teenage gunm@n murder€d at least 19 children and two teachers after storming into a Texas elementary school on Tuesday, the latest b0ut of gun-fueled mass kill!ngs in the United States and the nation’s w0rst school sh00ting in nearly a decade.
He fled that scene and crashed his car near the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, a town about 80 miles (130 km) west of San Antonio. There he launched a bl00dy rampage that ended when he was k!lled, apparently sh0t by police.
The motive was not immediately clear.
Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Sergeant Erick Estrada said on CNN.
Law enforcement officers saw the gunm@n, clad in body arm0r, emerge from the crashed vehicle carrying a r!fle and “engaged” the suspect, who nevertheless managed to charge into the building and open f!re.
Biden ordered flags flown at half-staff daily until sunset on Saturday in observance of the tragedy.
“As a nation, we have to ask, ‘When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby?'” Biden said on national television, suggesting reinstating a U.S. ban on assault-style weapons and other “common sense gun laws.”
After conflicting early accounts of the de@th toll, Texas public safety officials said Tuesday night that 19 school children and two teachers had d!ed.
A mass sh00ting 10 days earlier claimed 10 l!ves in Buffal0, New York, in a predominantly Black neighborhood. Authorities have charged an 18-year-old who they said had traveled hundreds of miles to Buffalo and opened f!re with an assault-style r!fle at a grocery store.
Tuesday’s bl00dshed began when the suspect sh0t his grandmother before going to the school, Texas Department of Public Safety officer Chris Olivarez said on Fox News, a development Abbott mentioned earlier in the day.
“I have no further information about the connection between those two shootings,” the governor said.
University Hospital in San Antonio said on Twitter that it had received two patients from the shooting in Uvalde, a 66-year-old woman and a 10-year-old girl, both listed in critical condition.
Uvalde Memorial Hospital said 15 students from Robb Elementary were treated in its emergency room, with two transferred to San Antonio for further care, while a third patient transfer was pending. It was not immediately clear whether all of those students survived.