What we know so far –
- At least 19 children and two adults were killed in a shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, on Tuesday, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
- The gunman, identified as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, is dead, officials said.
- Ramos shot his grandmother before the mass shooting, authorities say, and she remains hospitalized in critical condition.
- President Joe Biden called on the US to turn its collective pain into political action following the deadliest elementary school shooting since Sandy Hook in 2012.
Shooting At Texas: Child death toll rises to 19 as Biden demands action
A teenage gunman has murdered at least nineteen children and two teachers in a shooting at primary school only a week after another shooter killed ten people at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York.
Salvador Ramos – Texas Shooting suspect
The gunman, who has been named as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, was shot dead, apparently by police officers at the scene.
After the attack, Joe Biden urged Congress to end the “carnage” of gun violence in America, saying: “When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby?”
The shooter Ramos reportedly shot his grandmother at her home in the morning before wrecking his car outside the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde.
He then ran into the school and began shooting, according to a Texas state senator Roland Gutierrez.
One of the victims of the shooting has been named as fourth-grade teacher Eva Mireles.
Her aunt said that she was “furious that these shootings continue” in a statement after the attack, adding: “These children are innocent. Rifles should not be easily available to all.”
Mr Biden told the nation it was time to “turn this pain into action” and change gun laws following the massacre.
“Why are we willing to live with this carnage?” he said at the White House.