UVALDE | A school shooting in Texas that killed 21 in addition to the gunman threw the United States back into a chronic nightmare, with Joe Biden calling for a jump to regulate guns.
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An 18-year-old opened fire at a Texas elementary school, killing 19 10-year-olds and two teachers, before being killed.
“It’s time to turn pain into action”, reacted the American president, visibly moved, in a solemn speech at the White House.
“When for God’s sake are we going to face the gun lobby?” Biden said, saying he was “sick and tired” of the litany of school shootings.
The gunman killed his victims “atrociously and senselessly” in the town of Uvalde (about 80 miles west of San Antonio), Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott said.
Identified as Salvador Ramos, he was killed by police, officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety said.
The alleged shooter, Salvador Ramos.
“At this time, 19 children have been killed by this evil gunman, along with two teachers from this school,” Department spokesperson Lt. Chris Olivarez told NBC News.
Children under 10 years old
More than a dozen children were also injured, according to information from Texas hospitals.
The gunman was wearing at least one rifle and paramilitary clothing, Sgt. Erick Estrada told CNN.
Salvador Ramos, of American nationality, would first target his grandmother, whose state of health has not yet been clarified, before going to school by car to carry out his massacre there.
The suspect allegedly shot his grandmother first, fled in a vehicle, crashed near the school, abandoned his vehicle (pictured) and then pulled into the school.
The motives for this attack, one of the worst at a school in years, remain unknown at this time.
More than 500 children, nearly 90% of whom are Hispanic, were studying at the facility during the 2020-2021 school year, according to state data.
Videos shared on social media showed children evacuated in an emergency, shaking hands or running in small groups towards yellow school buses, in front of this establishment with low and flat buildings typical of the southern United States.
Eva Mireles, a teacher, was shot and killed while trying to protect her students, her aunt Lydia Martinez Delgado told the newspaper. New York Times. “I’m furious that these shootings continue, these kids are innocent, guns shouldn’t be readily available to everyone,” she told US media.
Photo Robb School website
Eva Mireles, a 4th grade teacher, married with a daughter, was killed in the shooting.
The shooting happened while Joe Biden was returning home from a tour of Asia. He spoke at night, upon arriving at the White House.
“Too much is too much,” said Vice President Kamala Harris, calling for “action” in the face of gun violence, a national scourge.
“Our hearts remain broken,” she said. “We must find the courage to act,” she added to the congressional speech, powerless to legislate despite the tragedies.
Pope Francis also said on Wednesday that he was “heartbroken” by this tragedy. “It’s time to say ‘enough is enough’ to the uncontrolled arms trade,” he said.
France shares the “shock and pain of the American people” as well as the “anger” of those who oppose the proliferation of firearms in the United States, President Emmanuel Macron said in a tweet.
Photo taken from Instagram
A photo of guns posted on the Instagram account of the possible perpetrator of the shooting.
“We must end this daily horror in the United States,” tweeted Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, while German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said his thoughts are with the victims “of this inconceivable massacre”.
For his part, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky offered his condolences to the victims and lamented that there are “victims of snipers in peacetime”.
The White House ordered flags to be flown at half-mast on all public buildings to “honor the victims” of Uvalde.
The attack plunged the country back into the throes of school shootings, which are often repeated with shocking images of traumatized students forced to confine themselves to their classrooms before being evacuated by police and parents panicking, desperate to hear from your children.
The drama is reminiscent of Sandy Hook Elementary School, which took place in 2012 in Connecticut, where a deranged 20-year-old man killed 26 people, including 20 children aged 6 and 7, before committing suicide.
Chris Murphy, a Democratic senator from this northeastern state, “begged” his elected colleagues on Tuesday to act, assuring them that these tragedies were not “inevitable.”
“That only happens in this country and nowhere else. In no other country do children go to school thinking they might get shot.”
The United States was also particularly marked by a school shooting in Parkland, Florida, which killed 17 people, most of them teenagers, in 2018.
This new murder is sure to reignite criticism of the proliferation of firearms in the United States, an almost empty debate in the face of hopelessness of congressional passage of an ambitious national law.
Congressional Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi denounced a “monstrous act that stole the future of cherished children.” “There are no words that can describe the pain and outrage over the cold-blooded slaughter of schoolchildren and a teacher,” she wrote in a statement.
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