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19 children, 2 adults killed in mass shooting at Texas elementary school

Christian Martinez, Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Jenny Jarvie and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times on

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Two children were transported to a hospital in San Antonio, and another was awaiting transport, hospital officials said Tuesday afternoon. University Hospital in San Antonio said in a statement that a 66-year-old woman and a 10-year-old girl at the hospital were in critical condition. Another 10-year-old girl, the hospital said, was in good condition.

President Joe Biden issued a proclamation ordering flags to be flown at half-staff until sunset Saturday in honor of those killed in the attack.

In a Tuesday evening address to the nation from the White House, Biden declared it was “time to act.”

“Why are we willing to live with this carnage?” he asked. “Where in God’s name is our backbone?”

It was the second time in less than two weeks that the president has delivered remarks about a deadly mass shooting. Earlier this month, a gunman opened fire, killing 10 people, at a grocery story in Buffalo, New York.

“As a nation, we have to ask, when in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby?” Biden added. “When in God’s name are we going to do what we all know in our gut needs to be done?”

 

One of the victims in Uvalde was Eva Mireles, a fourth-grade teacher who had worked for the school district for about 17 years.

Her aunt, Lydia Martinez Delgado, said in a statement that she was “furious” to lose her niece in yet another “senseless tragic shooting.”

Robb Elementary has an enrollment of just under 600 students. Earlier Tuesday, the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District had said that all schools in the district were in lockdown due to gunshots in the area.

The school district instructed parents of children at the elementary school to stay away from the school and gather at the Uvalde Civic Center for “reunification.”

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