It’s a drama like America has dozens of, but you never get used to. At least 14 students and a teacher were killed Tuesday after a shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, about 80 miles west of San Antonio. Governor Greg Abbott identified the gunman as an 18-year-old from Uvalde High School.
US media, citing multiple sources, said the suspect had been shot dead by police. The gunman “horribly and senselessly killed 14 students and killed a teacher,” Greg Abbott said.
The suspect also allegedly shot his grandmother before entering the school and opening fire again, the governor said at a news conference. He said nothing more about his condition. Abbott also said the shooter had a handgun and possibly a rifle. US President Joe Biden will speak about the Atlantic on Tuesday evening after returning from Japan, where he was on an official trip. “President Biden will be kept informed” of the assassination, presidential spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said. “His prayers go out to the families affected by this terrible event,” she added.
“When parents drop their children off at school, they expect to be able to pick them up at the end of the day”
“When parents drop off their children at school, they expect to be able to pick them up at the end of the school day. And there are families who are grieving now,” the Texas leader said. “The state of Texas mourns them because these parents cannot get their children back. he concluded dramatically. Two police officers were injured, the state leader also confirmed. “We expect them to survive,” he added.
The motives for this attack, one of the worst in a school in years, were unknown for the time being.
Earlier, Uvalde Memorial Hospital had said on Facebook that it had looked after “13 children”, adding that two people “died” when they arrived, without specifying their ages. A 66-year-old woman is also in “critical condition,” announced another hospital, University Health, in San Antonio, which says it has received “two patients,” an adult and a child.
The shooting took place at Robb Elementary School, a town between San Antonio and the Mexican border. According to state data, more than 500 children studied at the school in the 2020-2021 school year. Ted Cruz, the Republican senator from Texas, took to Twitter to thank the “heroic police” and rescue services for their intervention during this “terrible shooting”.
The attack plunged the country back into the throes of school shootings, often repeated with shocking images of traumatized students forced to lock themselves in their classrooms before being evacuated by law enforcement officers and panicked parents, desperate to get something of their own. to hear children. America was especially scarred by the drama at a high school in Parkland, Florida, which killed 17 people in 2018, the majority of them teenagers. Also in 2012, the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook in an elementary school left 28 dead, including 20 children.
In the United States, shootings are almost daily in public places and gun crime is on the rise in major cities such as New York, Chicago, Miami or San Francisco, especially since the 2020 pandemic. America has been mourned by a racially motivated shooting that left 10 African Americans dead in a grocery store in Buffalo, New York.