At least 19 children and two adults were killed in a shooting at an elementary school in Texas. The shooting occurred at 11:17 a.m. Texas time at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, a small town in southwest Texas. Police announced that 18-year-old striker Salvador Ramos is also dead.
More than 10 children were injured and one woman and a girl are in critical condition. It is a school attended by students up to the fourth grade. There are about 500 of them and most of them are of Hispanic origin and poor economic status.
An investigation is underway and more information is expected today. U.S. President Joe Biden spoke with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and offered him any help he needed regarding the aftermath of the horrific shooting at a Texas elementary school, the White House reported.
Biden spoke with Governor Abbott from the plane and offered him all the help he needed, White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield said on Twitter. Biden was informed about the shooting on the Air Force One presidential plane on his way back from Asia, White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said on Twitter.
She added that the president's prayers with the families affected by this horrific event. In a statement issued before the landing, Biden ordered the flags on the White House and American federal and public buildings to be lowered to half-mast by May 28.
The attacker acted alone
Authorities say 18-year-old Salvador Ramos opened fire at an elementary school in South Texas about 130 kilometers west of San Antonio, killing at least 19 children and two adults before he himself was killed when police intervened.
Authorities believe he acted alone. Two police officers were slightly injured, and a girl and an elderly person were transported to the hospital in critical condition. It is the deadliest attack in U.S. elementary schools since twenty children and six teachers were killed in a shooting at Sandy Hook School in Connecticut ten years ago.