At least nineteen children and two teachers have died this Tuesday by shots from an 18-year-old boy who broke into a primary school in the town of Uvalde (Texas, USA), where the attacker was later shot by the Police.
The Texas Department of Public Safety has informed the media that 19 children and two adults were killed in the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde. According to the data offered by the authorities, the aggressor, Salvador Ramos (previously identified as Salvador Romas), 18, broke into the Uvalde school, about 133 kilometers from San Antonio.
The governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, explained in a press conference that the aggressor, a resident of Uvalde, left his vehicle outside the school and once inside “he shot and killed 14 students and a teacher in a horrific and incomprehensible manner”, according to a first count of victims.RELATED
The Uvalde Memorial Hospital health center noted in a statement on Facebook that there are thirteen injured people who were transferred to its facilities in ambulances or buses, while two of the fatalities had already died upon arrival at the hospital.
Another medical center, University Health, tweeted that it is treating four patients injured by the shooting at that school, a 66-year-old woman and a 10-year-old girl, who are in serious condition, and two other minors, also 10 years old. whose condition is good.
It is investigated if he shot his grandmother
Abbott added in his appearance before the media that there are reports that the alleged perpetrator of the shooting would have shot his grandmother before going to school. “I have no further information on the connection between those two shootings,” concluded Abbott, who did not offer details about the health status of the shooter’s grandmother.
The political leader stated that, according to the data available to him, the attacker was American and a student at the Uvalde secondary school. For his part, the police chief of the Uvalde School District, Pete Arredondo, indicated in another press conference that at this point in the investigation they believe that the aggressor acted alone in this “heinous” crime. Arredondo specified that at Robb Elementary School children between 7 and 10 years old study. The newspaper The New York Times, which has consulted the records of the educational center, pointed out that 90% of the student body is Latino.
Biden: “When will we stand up to the gun lobby?”
In a speech to the nation immediately after arriving from a tour of Asia and after learning of the shooting, US President Joe Biden wondered when his country would stand up to the gun lobby.
“As a nation we have to ask ourselves when in God’s name are we going to stand up to gun lobbyists, when in God’s name are we going to do what deep down we know needs to be done,” Biden lamented. visibly affected, in a speech at the White House.
“Losing a child is like having a piece of your soul ripped out,” said the president, who had spoken that same afternoon with the governor of Texas, Republican Greg Abbott. “I am disgusted and fed up, and don’t tell me that we can’t have an impact on politics after these killings,” he emphasized.
The president insisted on the need to turn “pain into action” and have the “courage” to confront these pressure groups: “For every parent, for every citizen of this country, we have to make it clear to every elected official in the US that it is the moment to act”, he repeated.
Biden ordered that the country’s flags fly at half-staff at the White House and at all federal buildings, military installations and warships until sunset on May 28.
The second deadliest of the decade
It is the deadliest shooting in the US so far in 2022 and it has taken place ten days after ten people were shot dead in a supermarket in Buffalo (New York) in an attack with racist motivations.
This Tuesday is the second deadliest school shooting in the last decade, after the one that occurred in 2012 at the Sandy Hook school in Newton, Connecticut, where 26 people died.
The third deadliest is that of 2018 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland (Florida), where there were 17 deaths.
It so happens that Republican Abbott is a strong supporter of firearms and in 2021 he signed a series of state laws that made Texas a “sanctuary” for this type of weapon.