Fourteen youngsters and one trainer have been killed in a capturing at a faculty in Texas and the 18-year-old gunman is useless, state governor Greg Abbott mentioned. Kids on the faculty are reportedly aged between six and 10.
Mr Abbott mentioned an area man opened hearth at Robb Elementary Faculty in Uvalde, about 85 miles west of San Antonio.
It was the deadliest faculty capturing in Texas historical past and occurred 4 years after a gunman fatally shot 10 individuals at Santa Fe Excessive Faculty within the Houston space. “He shot and killed, horrifically, incomprehensibly, 14 students and killed a teacher,” mentioned the governor, including that two officers have been shot and wounded however have been anticipated to outlive.
The gunman was a resident of the group and entered the varsity with a handgun, and probably a rifle, and opened hearth, Mr Abbott mentioned. He mentioned the gunman was more likely to have been killed by responding officers however that the occasions have been nonetheless being investigated.
Uvalde Consolidated Unbiased Faculty District chief of police Pete Arredondo mentioned at a information convention that the gunman acted alone. It was not instantly clear how many individuals, along with the useless, have been damage however Mr Arredondo mentioned there have been “several injuries”.
Earlier, Uvalde Memorial Hospital mentioned 13 youngsters have been taken there, and one other hospital reported a 66-year-old girl was in a vital situation. Robb Elementary Faculty has an enrolment of just below 600 college students and Mr Arredondo mentioned it serves college students within the second, third and fourth grade. He didn’t say which grades the kids that have been shot have been in.
A heavy police presence surrounded the varsity on Tuesday afternoon, with officers in heavy vests diverting site visitors and FBI brokers coming and going from the constructing. White Home press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre mentioned President Joe Biden has been briefed on the varsity capturing on Air Power One as he returns from a five-day journey to Asia and would proceed to obtain updates.
Ms Jean-Pierre mentioned Mr Biden will ship remarks on Tuesday night on the White Home. The capturing in Texas got here lower than two weeks after a gunman opened hearth at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, killing 10 black customers and employees in what officers have described as a hate crime.
Uvalde is house to about 16,000 individuals and is the seat of presidency for Uvalde County. The city is about 75 miles from the border with Mexico. Robb Elementary is in a principally residential neighbourhood of modest houses. There’s a funeral house throughout the road from the varsity.
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