Texas shooting leaves 21 people dead; 18 of the victims are children

An 18-year-old man shot and killed at least 18 children Tuesday in a texas Elementary School, officials said.

There are also 3 adults dead, according to state senator Roland Gutierrez, who said he was informed by the state police on the victims. The attacker also died, but it was not clear if the casualty count included it.

It is the deadliest shooting at an elementary school in the United States since a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, nearly a decade ago. And it came just 10 days after a man shot and killed 10 black shoppers and workers at a Buffalo, New York, supermarket in what authorities say was a racist attack.

Federal law enforcement officials said the death toll is expected to rise. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to reveal details of the investigation.

The gunman entered Robb Elementary School in Uvalde with a handgun and possibly a rifle, Gov. Greg Abbott said. Authorities have not released a motive, but the governor identified the assailant as Salvador Ramos, a resident of the community, which has a large Latino population and is located about 85 miles (135 kilometers) west of San Antonio.

an agent of the Border Patrol who were nearby when the shooting began entered the school without waiting for backup. and shot and killed the attacker, who was behind a barricade, according to a police official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the subject.

The officer was injured but was able to walk out of the school, the police source said.

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School District Police Chief Pete Arredondo said the attacker acted alone.

The massacre of young children is another horrifying moment for a country marked by an almost incessant chain of massacres in churches, schools and shops. And the chance of any reform of gun regulations seemed at least as slim as it was after the Sandy Hook deaths.

The Uvalde gunman “horribly and incomprehensibly shot and killed 14 students, and killed a teacher,” the governor previously stated, adding that two police officers were also injured but are expected to survive.

“Pray for the lost, for their families and for Uvalde,” San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg tweeted.

It was not clear until now how many people were injured, but Arredondo said there were “several injured.” Earlier, Uvalde Memorial Hospital said 13 children were taken there. Another hospital reported that a 66-year-old woman was in critical condition.

Robb Elementary School has just under 600 students enrolled, and Arredondo said it serves students in second, third and fourth grades. He did not provide the ages of the children who were shot. This was the last week of school before the summer break.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the president Joe Biden was informed of the shooting while flying back from a five-day tour of Asia. Jean-Pierre commented that the president would make statements on Tuesday night from the White House.

Uvalde has about 16,000 inhabitants and is the seat of government for Uvalde County. The city is about 120 kilometers (75 miles) from the border with Mexico. Robb Elementary School is located in a mostly residential neighborhood of modest homes.

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