Texas Politician: Uvalde, the Texas school shooter was born in ND
UPDATE – Democratic Texas State Senator Roland Gutierrez of San Antonio told CNN that shooting suspect Salvador Ramos, 18, was born in North Dakota but did not specified where.
UVALDE, Texas (FOX NEWS) – A shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, killed 19 children and two adults on Tuesday. Governor Greg Abbott later said authorities killed the 18-year-old lone gunman.
The suspect, identified by Abbott as Salvador Ramos, entered Robb Elementary School after abandoning his vehicle with a handgun and possibly a rifle. Authorities add that many of the victims were in second to fourth grade.
The exact names and ages of the victims were not immediately available. District officials have asked for privacy and prayers as they begin the process of identifying victims and notifying families; Superintendent Hal Harrell said the school would be closed for the rest of the week, bringing the school year to an end.
On Tuesday evening, President Joe Biden addressed the nation somberly after issuing a proclamation, ordering flags to be flown at half-mast to honor the victims.
“I was hoping, as president, that I wouldn’t have to do this again,” he said from the White House.
Biden renewed his call for gun control in what he called “common sense gun laws” by banning assault-style weapons.
“We have to act and don’t tell me we can’t impact this carnage,” he continued. “It’s time to turn this pain into action.”
Earlier Tuesday, authorities said 13 children were taken by ambulance or bus to Uvalde Memorial Hospital in Uvalde, about 85 miles west of San Antonio. Another hospital, San Antonio University Hospital, said a 66-year-old woman was in critical condition.
Two police officers suffered gunshot wounds but were expected to survive, Governor Abbott said.
“Texans across the state mourn the victims of this senseless crime and the community of Uvalde,” Abott later added in a written statement. “Cecilia and I mourn this horrific loss and urge all Texans to come together to show our unwavering support for all who are suffering.”
“We thank the brave first responders who worked to finally make Robb Elementary School safe,” he continued. “I have instructed the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Rangers to work with local law enforcement to fully investigate this crime. The Texas Division of Emergency Management is responsible for providing local authorities all the resources necessary to respond to this tragedy as the State of Texas works to ensure the community has what it needs to heal.
The Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District initially reported active shooter at the school, which has just under 600 students. All schools in the district were then locked down due to gunfire in the area.
A heavy police presence remained at the school on Tuesday night, with officers in heavy vests diverting traffic and federal agents running to and from the building.
The district said the city’s civic center was being used as a reunification center.
Uvalde is home to approximately 16,000 people and is the seat of Uvalde County government. The city is about 75 miles from the border with Mexico.
Robb Elementary is in a mostly residential area of modest homes. There is a funeral home across from the school.
The shooting in Texas came less than two weeks after a gunman opened fire at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, killing 10 black shoppers and workers in what officials described as a hate crime.
It is also the deadliest shooting at a US elementary school since a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, nearly a decade ago. .
In 2018, a gunman shot and killed 10 people at Santa Fe High School in the Houston area. A year earlier, a gunman at a church in Texas killed more than two dozen people during a Sunday service in the small town of Sutherland Springs. In 2019, another gunman at a Walmart in El Paso killed 23 people in a racist attack.
The shooting took place days before the start of the National Rifle Association’s annual convention in Houston. Abbott and the two U.S. senators from Texas were among Republican lawmakers who were scheduled speakers at a leadership forum on Friday sponsored by the NRA’s lobbying arm.
In the years since Sandy Hook, the gun control debate in Congress has had its ups and downs. Efforts by lawmakers to meaningfully change U.S. gun policies have consistently faced obstacles from Republicans and influence from outside groups such as the NRA.
One year after Sandy Hook, Sens. Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, and Patrick J. Toomey, a Republican from Pennsylvania, negotiated a bipartisan proposal to expand the country’s background check system. But as the measure was about to go to the Senate for a vote, it became clear that it would not get enough votes to clear a 60-vote filibuster hurdle.
Then-President Barack Obama, who made gun control a central goal of his administration after the Newtown shootings, called Congress’s failure to act “a pretty shameful day for Washington.” .
Last year, the House passed two bills to expand background checks on gun purchases. A bill would have closed a loophole for private and online sales. The other would have extended the review period for the background check. The two languished in the Senate 50-50, where Democrats need at least 10 Republican votes to overcome a filibuster’s objections.