A high school student opened fire at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, killing 18 children and three adults. About this channel CNN informed Senator Roland Gutierrez.
At the same time, according to the Department of Public Security, 19 students and two adults died as a result of the shooting.
Another 13 children were taken to hospitals, they have injuries of varying severity. A 66-year-old woman and a 10-year-old girl are in critical condition.
The attacker, 18-year-old local resident Salvador Romas, was shot dead. According to local press reports, he was a high school student at the same school. On May 24, an assailant entered the building with a gun and what is believed to be a rifle and opened fire, Gov. Greg Abbott said.
The shooter shot his grandmother before visiting the school, she is alive but in critical condition, the senator said.
Associated Press Agency informsthat the attacker was shot dead by a US Border Patrol officer who was near the school and rushed there after hearing the sound of gunfire.
Two more border guards were wounded during the skirmish. One of them is in the head. Now they are in the hospital, there is no threat to their life.
According to preliminary data, the shooter acted alone. The motive for the attack is unknown. Most of the residents of the city and students of the school have Spanish roots, most of the students are from low-income families, transmits The Texas Tribune. The attack took place at the Robb School, where children aged 7 to 10 study. About 500 people study at the school.
US President Joe Biden was informed about the incident. In his address to Congress, he declaredthat the US needs to fight the gun lobby. Biden also instructed half-mast at the White House, military installations and government buildings “as a sign of respect for the victims of senseless acts of violence.”
The death toll in the incident was one of the highest in state history. In 1966, as a result shooting 16 people died from the tower of the University of Texas at Austin. In 2018 10 people were killed in a high school shooting in Santa Fe.
The shooting in Uvalda also became the most massive in the United States in terms of the number of victims since December 14, 2012, when 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot 20 children, six adults and his mother at Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Connecticut, AP notes.