An 18-year-old gunman opened fire on classrooms at an elementary school in the US state of Texas, killing at least 19 children.
The Associated Press reports that the bomber struck shortly afternoon in front of a U.S. military base. Authorities say two adults were among those killed. A teacher is also involved.
The latest shooting at Rob Elementary School is the deadliest attack on an American grade school since a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown (Connecticut) in December 2012. Is.
Hours after the attack, families waited for a statement about their children, and families were told to gather outside the city’s Civic Center, where their cries could be heard.
“I am heartbroken today, all school activities have been canceled, for now, we are a small community and we need your prayers to get through this ordeal,” said Hall Herald, the school’s district superintendent.
The attack comes just 10 days after a deadly, racist riot at a Buffalo supermarket in New York that escalated into years of mass killings in churches, schools, and shops, Sandy Hook said. If the prospects for any kind of reform in the gun laws in the country after the death is still not dim then the feeling is definitely feeling.
But just hours after the Biden attack, US President Joe Biden appeared ready to address the nation and demand new gun restrictions.
“As a nation, we have to ask when, for God’s sake, we will stand in front of the gun lobby,” he tweeted. When will we do what we have to do for God’s sake anyway? ‘
“Why are we willing to live with this massacre?” He asked. I’m tired and we have to take action. ”
Many of the injured were taken to the Old Memorial Hospital, where staff members and relatives of the victims were seen crying as they left the complex.
“The attacker acted alone.”
Authorities did not immediately reveal the motive for the attack but identified the assailant as Salvador Ramos, a resident of a community about 135 kilometers west of San Antonio. Law enforcement officials said he was alone. It worked
State Senator Roland Gutierrez has said that according to a briefing from State Police, Salvador Ramos had hinted on social media that an attack was possible, adding that the attacker had advised children to be careful. ۔
Roland Guttierez said before leaving for school, the assailant killed his grandmother with two military-style rifles he had bought on his birthday, the first of which he had done on his 18th birthday.
According to Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Travis Consider, the attack began at 11:30 a.m. when the gunman crashed his car outside the school and into the building. A resident who heard the crash called 911 and two local police officers and the attacker exchanged fire.
Both officers were shot dead. It was not immediately clear where the exchange of fire took place on campus or how long it took before more officers arrived at the scene.
Meanwhile, teams of Border Patrol agents rushed to the school, including 10 to 15 members of the anti-terrorism unit.
A law enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said a nearby Border Patrol agent entered the school without waiting for a backup when the shooting started and shot the gunman dead. Given that was behind a cover.
Law enforcement sources said the agent was injured but managed to get out of school. Owens confirmed that one agent suffered minor injuries but did not provide details of the collision.
It was not immediately clear how many people were injured, but Olde Police Chief Pat Eredondo said several were injured. Earlier, Olde Memorial Hospital said 13 children had been brought in, another hospital said. The condition of a 66-year-old woman is critical.
Only less than 600 students are enrolled in Rob Elementary School, the second, third, and fourth grades are taught here, the ages of the children killed are not provided, this is the last week of school before the summer holidays. Was
The city of Ovalde, home to about 16,000 people, is located about 120 kilometers from the Mexican border.