Texas: At least twenty-one people died in the Texas shooting, including nineteen children and two adults, when an attacker opened fire in an elementary school in Texas, US.
The 18-year-old gunman opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde before being shot and killed by police, according to officials.
The attacker was reportedly armed with a handgun, an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, and high-capacity magazines, according to investigators.
At the start of the rampage, the perpetrator reportedly shot his grandmother.
He may have been a local high school student, according to local media reports.
The shooting began at 11:32 a.m. local time on Tuesday, according to Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Chief of Police Pete Arredondo, and police believe the shooter “acted alone during this horrible crime.”
Texas Governor Greg Abbott said the shooter, Salvador Ramos, abandoned his car before entering the school and opened fire “horribly, incomprehensibly.”
Eva Mireles, a teacher, was one of the adults killed, according to the US media.
Robb Elementary teaches second, third and fourth-grade students, who range in age from seven to 10 years old.
According to reports in the international press, a US Border Patrol agent who was nearby when the shooting started went into the school and shot and killed the gunman, who was hiding behind a barricade.
During an altercation with the gunman, two border agents were reportedly shot. Officials said one agent was shot in the head, and both are now in stable condition in the hospital.
Texas shooting: Biden sick and tired of mass shootings
US President Joe Biden said he was “sick and weary” of responding to mass shootings while calling for gun regulation in a speech from the White House.
“How many scores of little children who witnessed what happened – see their friends die, as if they’re on a battlefield, for God’s sake,” he said. “It’ll be with them for the rest of their lives.”
In honour of the victims in Uvalde, he authorised half-mast flags at the White House and other US federal facilities.