Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said 14 students and a teacher were shot dead at a Uvalde elementary school in the southwestern state on Tuesday.
Abbott said the gunman, whom he called Salvador Romas, an 18-year-old from Uvalde, “shot dead and incomprehensibly killed 14 students and killed the teacher … the shooter, he himself died and it is believed that officers who responded, they killed him. ” .
Abbott said the gunman had a handgun and “could also have a rifle.”
Uvalde authorities were to address reporters.
Uvalde Memorial Hospital previously said it received 13 children by ambulance or bus for treatment after a shooting was reported at Robb Elementary School, about 85 miles west of San Antonio. The hospital said two died. Another hospital, University Hospital, said a 66-year-old woman was in critical condition.
In Washington, a National Security Department spokesman said Secretary Alexander Mayorkas was informed.
The spokesman also said the U.S. Customs and Border Protection “responded immediately to the site to provide support, including medical assistance. DHS is actively coordinating with federal, state and local partners and will continue to provide full support from the department.”
The Uvalde school district has an enrollment of just under 600.
“Parents are asked to pick up students at regular check-out times on the child’s campus,” the district said on Facebook. “There will be no bus transportation. Officers will be on site to accompany students to their parents’ cars. Parents, please be patient because the queues will be long.”
The shooting comes just over a week after 10 people were killed in a supermarket in a predominantly African-American area of Buffalo, New York, an attack that has once again sparked debate over why the United States did not pass such significant reform.
Ten years ago, 20 children and six adults died at a primary school in Newtown, Connecticut. An attempt to pass gun control legislation after that tragedy, in which Joe Biden was involved as vice president, fell in the United States Senate.
Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, a group campaigning for gun control reform, went online on Tuesday. he wrote“Raising Uvalde fervently in prayer while refusing to do a damn thing to stop gun violence is the reason why this continues to happen, especially in Texas.”
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