Texas’s elementary school massacre is among the most bloody in a nation known for gun violence.
On Tuesday, 19 elementary students and two adults were killed in a mass shooting at Uvalde in Texas. The gun violence also left 13 more children injured and one adult in serious condition.
In a gun battle with police officers responding to an emergency, the suspected perpetrator was shot dead.
This is the latest information available about this tragedy.
The Deadliest Since Sandy Hooks
This is the most deadly mass shooting in a US school since 2012 Sandy Hooks massacre. The Connecticut tragedy resulted not only in the shooting of the gunman, but 27 people were killed.
Although the events occurred almost a decade apart there are many similarities between them.
Texas’s perpetrator allegedly shot his grandmother and injured her in Uvalde, before attacking the children. His mother was the first victim in Sandy Hooks shooting. He killed her at her house.
The suspect in both cases was shot and killed by officers of law enforcement.
Images posted of assault rifles
Salvador Ramos (an 18-year old local resident) was the one who is suspected of being responsible for Uvalde violence. Investigators suspect that he was acting alone, and have not made any comments on his motive.
Witnesses said that Ramos was wearing body armor during the attack at the elementary school. He also used a pistol and rifle. He reportedly crashed his car on the way from his grandmother’s home to the school.
Days before the shooting, Ramos posted pictures on social media of AR-15-style assault weapons. Texas Governor Greg Abbott claims that Ramos was 18 when he purchased two guns as a birthday gift.
Latino community in small size
Uvalde lies approximately 110km (70 mi) west San Antonio. The population there is about 15,000. Some 80% identify themselves as Hispanic/Latino according to census data.
The local media reports that there has been an increase in residents over the past few years, but they describe the community as tight-knit. They are also deeply shaken by the tragic events.
Two days prior to the end of school year, the shooting took place.
Governor Abbott indicated that all of Texas was in mourning for the victims. “senseless crime” in Uvalde. He promised to provide all the resources necessary to help the victims and the community and to also conduct an investigation.
Biden addresses school massacre
Joe Biden declared a national day of mourning in honor of the victims. Biden also asked politicians to take action. “common sense”They would reduce violence by imposing gun restrictions.
“These kinds of mass shootings never happen with the kind of frequency they happen in America. Why?”He stated this in an address.
“As a nation, we have to ask, when in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby? When in God’s name will we do what we all know in our gut needs to be done?”
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