19 children and two teachers were shot dead in a Texas school, and the American reaction was shocked | Instagram

to updateTexas State Police said an 18-year-old shot and killed 19 children and teachers at an elementary school in Texas. Kids range from 7 to 10 years old. The shooter was shot dead by police officers on the spot. The shooting shocked the United States. It is the deadliest elementary school shooting in a decade.

There were also injuries at the school, located 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 admitted two victims with gunshot wounds. Both patients, a 66-year-old woman and a 10-year-old girl, are in critical condition. Two officers who came close to shooting were also wounded by gunshots, although their injuries were not serious, according to the governor.

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Just before the school massacre, a 66-year-old woman was shot and killed in her Uvalde apartment, according to an official from the Texas Department of Public Security. She is believed to be the gunman’s grandmother, who is believed to have been shot. However, an investigation is still underway as to whether there was a connection between the apartment shooting and the school New York times.

Authorities say the gunman, identified as Salvador Ramos, acted alone. He went to the school in a pickup truck, which he entered armed with a rifle and a pistol, according to what he reported CNN. The school has just under 600 students and only has 2nd, 3rd and 4th class. The motive for the mass killing remains unknown. Former students told the New York Times that the shooter did not attend that elementary school.

The perpetrator, Salvador Ramos, was himself a resident of Uvalde and a student at the local high school. He had a gun and maybe another gun with him. “Students and teachers were shot with incomprehensible brutality and murder,” said Governor Greg Abbott.

Also read: Who was the 18-year-old gunman in Texas? ‘He was bullied and bought his gun from the shop’


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The shooting started around 11:30 am local time (6:30 pm Dutch time) at the primary school, which has fewer than 600 students. The shooter slammed his car in front of the school, prompting a neighbor of the school to immediately call 911. Two police officers quickly arrived and opened fire on Ramos. Both officers were shot. It remains unclear how long it took for more help to reach the school.

Meanwhile, elements of the Border Guard, including a tactical team and an anti-terrorism team, were summoned. But the Border Police officer, who was working near the school, did not wait for his colleagues to arrive and ran to the school. A police source told the Associated Press news agency that he managed to shoot the gunman, who was hiding behind a barricade, with bullets.

The officer in question was injured, but managed to get out of the school on his own. Senior Border Patrol official Jason Owens declined to confirm the encounter, but said the officer was injured. “Some colleagues have children in that school. It hit us all very hard,” he said at a news conference.

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There were a lot of policemen at the scene after the shooting.
There were a lot of policemen at the scene after the shooting. ©AP

Psychological help

Uvalde is located in Texas, about 84 miles west of San Antonio. About 16,000 people live there. The perpetrator’s motive has not yet been released. The authorities announced that the school would remain closed until the end of the year.

Psychological assistance will also be organized for those who need it. By order of US President Joe Biden, American flags will be flown at half mast until Saturday.

Shocked reactions

The shooting shocked the United States. Not only politically, but also from the world of media and sports, there is a call for stricter gun legislation.

“What are we doing here,” Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy, who took office in the state Senate one month after the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in Connecticut, asked, sobbing. It’s not like it’s inevitable,” Murphy said, referring to the shooting. Murphy stated that ‘It only happens in this country, nowhere else. Our choice is to let this continue.”

Murphy later explained to reporters that America “allows the seriously ill to have access to guns,” he writes Watchman. “This is what makes America different. And I’m here on my knees begging for that to 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, a school teacher, tweeted, “Lord, enough is enough.” She wrote that she was “distraught, angry and saddened” by the drama that took place in Uvalde on Tuesday.

The shooting did not go unnoticed anywhere else in the world. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky expresses his condolences to the injured and says it is “appalling that there are victims of shooting in peacetime”.

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



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

The panic in Uvaldi is great.
The panic in Uvaldi is great. © Reuters

Uvalde is located in Texas, 84 miles west of San Antonio.  and just over 120 kilometers north of the Mexican border.
Uvalde is located in Texas, 84 miles west of San Antonio. and just over 120 kilometers 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 school in Uvalde.
Police at school in Uvalde. © Reuters

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