A South Texas town is in shock Tuesday night after at least 21 people – including 19 students and two adults – were killed and an unknown number of others injured by a gunman in a mass shooting in a local elementary school.
“They’ve let our kids down again,” said Fred Guttenberg, father of Parkland school shooting victim Jaime Guttenberg. mentioned during an MSNBC interview after Tuesday’s massacre. “How many more times are we going to sit down?… How many more times?”
Julián Castro, former mayor of San Antonio, HUD secretary and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, mentioned on the same network as “it’s now part of who we are as a country”.
“The free availability of guns hasn’t made us any safer in the United States or here in the state of Texas,” he added.
The shooting happened at Robb Elementary School in the town of Uvalde, 85 miles west of San Antonio. Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, said in a statement that the shooter – who reports said may have had an assault rifle and a handgun – shot and killed his grandmother before going wild at school around 11:30am
“He shot and killed, in a gruesome and incomprehensible manner, 14 students and killed a teacher,” Abbott said of the shooter, recounting the known death toll at the time.
The shooter, who multiple law enforcement sources have since identified as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, was shot and killed by law enforcement responding to the crime scene.
The governor also said two police officers suffered non-life-threatening injuries in an exchange of gunfire with the shooter.
About 600 students in grades two through four attend Robb Elementary School. Distraught parents rushed to campus to try to locate their children following the shooting.
“We can’t find my daughter,” Brandon Elrod, the father of a missing 10-year-old girl, told ABC 6. “She may not be alive.”
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Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Police Chief Pete Arredondo told an afternoon news conference that several adults and students were injured in the attack.
“At this stage, the investigation leads us to say that the suspect acted alone during this heinous crime,” he said.
According to Tuesday’s incident is now the deadliest US school shooting in nearly a decade, since the December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Connecticut, Utah, according to the Gun Violence Archive (GVA). in which 28 people were killed. The 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, left 17 people dead.
GVA says there have been at least 212 mass shootings and at least 7,584 gun deaths – including 411 children under the age of 12 – in the United States so far this year.
Data released Monday by the FBI revealed that active shooter incidents in the United States in 2021 were up more than 50% from 2020 and nearly 97% from 2017.
Progressive lawmakers have joined gun control advocates in demanding congressional action.
” What are we doing ? What are we doing ? asked Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., in a moving plea to the Senate. “It only happens in this country and nowhere else. Nowhere else do little children go to school thinking they might be shot that day.”
Meanwhile, Republicans Free their usual thoughts and prayers. Rep. Tony Gonzales, R-Texas, whose district includes Uvalde, tweeted“Children are a gift from the Lord, they are a reward from him. Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as they are.'”
In March, Gonzales vaunted on Twitter that “I voted NO on two gun control measures in the House today. I am a proud supporter of the Second Amendment and will do whatever I can to oppose gun grabs by the extreme left.