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UpdateAn 18-year-old man has shot and killed 19 children and two teachers at a primary school in the US state of Texas, Texas State Police said. The children are aged 7 to 10 years. The perpetrator was shot and killed by police officers at the scene. The shooting has triggered shock in the United States. It’s the deadliest elementary school shooting in ten years.

There was also damage to the school in the town of Uvalde, about 80 miles west of San Antonio. The University of San Antonio hospital reported on Twitter shortly after the shooting that it had hospitalized two victims with gunshot wounds. Both patients, a 66-year-old woman and a 10-year-old girl, were in critical condition. Two of the officers approaching the shooting were also hit by gunfire, although their injuries were not serious, according to the governor.

Motive

A 66-year-old woman was shot and killed in her apartment in Uvalde just before the massacre at the school, a Texas Department of Public Security official said. She is believed to be the grandmother of the gunman who is believed to have shot her. But whether there is a connection between the shooting in the apartment and the shooting at the school is still under investigation, reports New York Times

Authorities say the gunman, identified as Salvador Ramos, acted alone. He drove a pickup truck to the school, which he entered armed with a rifle and pistol, according to CNN† The school has almost 600 students and has only one second, third and fourth grade. It is still unknown what Ramos’ motive was for the massacre. Former students tell the New York Times that Sagittarius did not go to that elementary school.

The perpetrator, Salvador Ramos, was himself a resident of Uvalde and a student from the local high school. He is said to have carried a pistol and possibly a rifle. “He shot and killed students and a teacher in a horrible and incomprehensible way,” Governor Greg Abbott said.

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Neighbor

The shooting started at around 11.30 local time (18.30 Dutch time) at the primary school, which has just under six hundred pupils. The perpetrator hit his car in front of the school with a bang, prompting a neighbor of the school to immediately call 911. Two police officers arrived quickly and opened fire on Ramos. Both officers were hit by his bullets. It is still unclear how long it took before more assistance reached the school.

Meanwhile, Border Patrol agents were also called in, including a tactical team and an anti-terror team. But a border patrol agent who worked near the school did not wait for his colleagues to come and run into the school. He managed to kill the gunman, who had entrenched himself behind a barricade, a police source told the AP news agency.

The officer in question was injured but was able to walk out of school on his own. Jason Owens, a top border patrol officer, declined to confirm the confrontation but said the officer was wounded. “Some colleagues have children at that school. It has hit us all hard, “he said at a press conference.

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There was a large police presence after the shooting.
There was a large police presence after the shooting. © AP

Psychological assistance

Uvalde is located in Texas, about 85 miles west of San Antonio. There live about 16,000 people. The suspect’s motive has not yet been released. The school will remain closed until the end of the year, authorities have announced.

Psychological help will also be organized for all who need it. U.S. flags will be flown at half-staff until Saturday by order of U.S. President Joe Biden.

Shocked reactions

The shooting has triggered shock in the United States. Not only from a political angle, but also from the media and sports world, there is a call for stricter gun legislation.

Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy, who joined the Connecticut Senate a month after the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, shed tears over “what we’re doing here.” It’s not like this is inevitable, Murphy said, referring to the shooting. Murphy stated that “this is only happening in this country, and nowhere else. It is our choice to let it continue.”

Murphy later explained to reporters that America “makes it possible for very sick people to get firearms,” ​​writes The Guardian† “It makes America different. And I’m here on my knees begging for change.”

In a series of tweets, former President Barack Obama also wrote that “action should have been taken a long time ago” to tighten gun laws. First Lady Jill Biden, herself a schoolteacher, tweeted, “Sir, enough.” She wrote that she was “stunned, angry and heartbroken” over the drama that took place in the town of Uvalde on Tuesday.

The shooting has not gone unnoticed anywhere else in the world. Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky expresses sympathy with the bereaved and said it was “terrible that in peacetime there are victims of shootings”.

Pope Francis says he is ‘crushed’ and calls for stricter gun laws. French President Emmanuel Macron writes that the French people share the “shock and pain” with the Americans. Israeli President Isaac Herzog wrote on Twitter that he was “shocked by the murderous madness”. New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who is currently in the United States, says sitting at the table with Stephen Colbert ‘sees these events as a mother, not as a politician’. “I’m so sorry about what happened here,” Ardern said.



Officers at the school in Uvalde, Texas.
Officers at the school in Uvalde, Texas. © AP

The defeat in Uvalde is great.
The defeat in Uvalde is great. © REUTERS

Uvalde is located in Texas, 135 miles west of San Antonio.  And just over 75 miles north of the Mexican border.
Uvalde is located in Texas, 135 miles west of San Antonio. And just over 75 miles north of the Mexican border. © Google Maps Screenshot

Officers at the school in Uvalde, Texas.
Officers at the school in Uvalde, Texas. © Reuters

Police at the school in Uvalde.
Police at the school in Uvalde. © Reuters

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