At least twenty-one people, including 19 children and two school workers, were killed in the massacre that mourned a Texas school on Tuesday, May 24, Department of Public Safety Sergeant Erick Estrada announced in this southern state. United States.
the shooter “horribly and senselessly murdered fourteen students and killed a teacher”had first stated during an initial report that Texas Governor Greg Abbott specified that the suspect, 18 years old and a local resident, was also dead.
“The shooter is dead, and it appears it was the intervening officers who killed him”, he said. He is said to have first attacked his grandmother, whose health condition has yet to be clarified, before he went to school and… “leave his car” to enter the building with “a gun” and maybe ” a gun “the governor said. The motives for this attack are unknown at this time.
Uvalde Police Chief Pete Arredondo said in a very brief press conference that the killer acted alone and that there were “various injuries”, without giving the number. He indicated that the school welcomed children from CE1, CE2, and CM1.
According to the governor, two law enforcement officers were also hit, but they should get away with it.
Joe Biden “Disgusting and Tired”
The shooting took place at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, a town about 80 miles west of San Antonio, halfway across the Mexican border. Ted Cruz, Republican Senator from Texas, thanked the “heroic law enforcement” and emergency services for their intervention during this “terrible shooting”.
US President Joe Biden has declared himself “disgusting and tired”at a press conference held the evening after his return from a trip to Asia.
“When the hell are we going to face the gun lobby? †he launched, visibly moved. “Why do we need a weapon other than to kill someone? †he accused. “Why do we have to live with this carnage, why do we let all this happen? † he added.
“We must turn this pain into action for every parent, every citizen of this country (…) It is time to act, we must do more”urged Joe Biden, denouncing “those who prevent, oppose or block gun laws”.
The US president mentioned the assault weapons ban, which he had seen enacted for ten years in 1994, when he was a Delaware senator, and which had not been renewed in 2004. “As we passed the assault weapons ban, mass shootings occurred. When the law expired, the number of shootings tripled. The idea that an 18-year-old could walk into a gun store and buy two assault weapons is simply unacceptable.”he declared.
Joe Biden has ordered flags to be flown at half-mast at the White House and in public buildings and places across the United States until Saturday night, “as a sign of respect for the victims of this senseless act of violence”.
Vice President Kamala Harris also called for action against guns. ” Enough is enough “, she was swept up in a speech to Congress in which she seemed very shaken. ‘As a nation we must have the courage to act’ she said, regretting it“With every tragedy our hearts break”† Still, “It goes on” she was sorry.
“It only happens in this country”
It is the deadliest shooting at an American elementary school since the attack in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, which killed 28 people, including 20 children, almost a decade ago. Chris Murphy, a Democratic senator from this state in the northeastern United States, has “begged”, Tuesday, his colleagues elected to take action and ensure that these tragedies were not “unavoidable”† “It only happens in this country, and nowhere else. In no other country do children go to school thinking they would be shot.” America was also particularly affected by a high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, which killed 17 people in 2018, the majority of them teenagers.
The Uvalde shooting is the deadliest school shooting in Texas history. Four years ago, ten people were killed by a gunman at Santa Fe High School in the Houston area.
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 ten African Americans dead in a grocery store in Buffalo, New York.