At least 19 children were killed in the shooting perpetrated by a young man in a school in the town of Uvalde (Texas, USA), in which a teacher and the aggressor also died, State authorities reported this Tuesday.
With this, according to data from the authorities, at least 21 people died in the massacre: 19 children, a teacher and the attacker, who was killed by the Police.
According to the Texas authorities, the assailant, Salvador Ramos, 18, broke into the Uvalde school, about 83 miles (133 kilometers) from San Antonio.
The governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, said in an appearance before the media that there are reports that the alleged perpetrator had shot his grandmother before going to school.
In an address to the nation immediately after arriving from a tour of Asia, US President Joe Biden wondered when his country will stand up to the gun lobby.
“As a nation we have to ask ourselves when in God’s name are we going to stand up to gun lobbyists,” Biden lamented, visibly affected.
The president ordered that the country’s flags fly at half-staff at the White House and at all federal buildings, military installations and warships until sunset on May 28.
This Tuesday is the second deadliest school shooting in the last decade, after the one that occurred in 2012 at the Sandy Hook school in Newton, Connecticut, where 26 people were killed.
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