A teenage gunman fatally shot at least 18 children and one teacher at a Texas elementary school Tuesday, the latest carnage in America’s classrooms.
Tuesday’s slaughter of innocents took place at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, about 80 miles west of San Antonio.
State Sen. Roland Gutierrez, who represents the largely Latino town, said three people were wounded in the attack and are hospitalized in serious condition.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott identified the shooter as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos. Abbott said Ramos was killed by police officers responding to the shooting.
None of the victims have been identified.
The shooting comes as the nation still reels from the May 14 shooting at a Buffalo, New York, supermarket that killed 10 people and wounded three. That gunman was fueled by a racist rage and targeted Black people.
The Texas shooter’s targets were schoolchildren, recalling the horror of a day nearly 10 years ago when a gunman killed 20 kids and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
“We are devastated about reports that multiple people are dead, including children,” tweeted Sandy Hook Promise, an organization founded by parents of victims of the 2012 shooting. “Our hearts are with the families and community as this tragic story unfolds.
Robb Elementary School has an enrollment of just under 600 students, made up of kids in the second, third and fourth grade. The school year was set to end in two days. School officials called off the remaining days after the tragedy.
Abbott said two police officers were also injured in a shootout with Ramos, but their injuries were not serious, according to the governor. Abbott said the shooter may have been carrying two guns; he was also reportedly wearing body armor.