Officials did not provide details about the children killed in the school shootings. Texas Governor Greg Abbott said the gunman was also killed in retaliatory action by the security forces.
The incident happened around 12:15 am local time. A local teenager was suspected of having shot. After the incident, US President Joe Biden spoke to the governor of Texas and offered all possible help in the wake of the shooting incident.
Joe Biden addresses nation on Texas shooting
Addressing the nation on the horrific school shootings, US President Joe Biden said such mass shootings rarely happen anywhere else in the world.
“Why are we prepared to live with this genocide? Why do we allow this to happen? Where is our backbone to have the courage to deal with it in the name of God? It’s time to turn this pain into action,” he said.
The US President continued, “Tonight, there are parents who will never see their child again. To lose a child is to cut off a piece of your soul forever. I pray to the nation.”
He said, “As a nation we must ask: In God’s name when will we stand up to the gun lobby? When in God’s name will we do what needs to be done? I’m sick and tired of it. We have to act.”
Governor Abbott said in a tweet, “Texans grieve for the victims of this senseless crime and the community of Uvalde. Cecilia and I mourn this horrific loss and urge all Texans to come together. Must work with local law enforcement to thoroughly investigate the crime.”
Abbott called it the deadliest school shooting since the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, which killed 20 children and six staff members.
“It’s in Uvalde, Texas — a small town with no more than 20,000 people,” he said.
Earlier in the day, the school was closed after gunfire was reported from the campus of Robb Elementary School in Texas. The shooter was reportedly seen on the premises. Officials have asked people to stay away from the area.
Uvalde is about 135 km west of San Antonio. This is a small community about an hour from the Mexican border.
first published:May 25, 2022, 8:10 a.m.