Texas elementary school shooting: Live from Uvalde, Texas
A teenage gunman has murdered at least nineteen children and two teachers in a shooting at a Texas primary school only a week after another shooter killed ten people at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York.
The gunman, who has been named as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, was shot dead, apparently by police officers at the scene. One of the victims of the shooting has been named as fourth-grade teacher Eva Mireles.
Her aunt said that she was “furious that these shootings continue” in a statement after the attack, adding: “These children are innocent. Rifles should not be easily available to all.”
Five children who were killed in the attack have been named as Uziyah Garcia, 8, Xavier Javier Lopez, 10, Amerie Jo Garza, 10, Makenna Lee Elrod, 10, and Jose Flores, 10. Another teacher, Irma Garcia, has also been named by her family as a victim of the shooting.
After the attack, Joe Biden urged Congress to end the “carnage” of gun violence in America, saying: “When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby?”
The shooter Ramos reportedly shot his grandmother at her home in the morning before wrecking his car outside the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. He then ran into the school and began shooting, according to a Texas state senator Roland Gutierrez. Mr Biden told the nation it was time to “turn this pain into action” and change gun laws following the massacre.
“Why are we willing to live with this carnage?” he said at the White House.
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The Independent’s Voices Commissioning Editor, Harriet Williamson, has voiced her reaction to the shooting in Texas. She writes:
“Just 10 days after a deadly mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, where a self-described fascist and white supremacist killed 10 Black people in a supermarket, the US must content itself with another horrifying episode of gun violence.
Holly Bancroft25 May 2022 13:01
Recap: Who are the named victims of the Uvalde primary school shooting?
Two teachers and five children have so far been named as victims of the attack on Robb Elementary School in Texas.
Tributes have been paid for Eva Mireles, 44, and Irma Garcia, both teachers at the school. Confirming Ms Mireles’s death on Facebook, her cousin and grandmother said they were devastated at the loss and furious over the gun violence that has gripped the country.
“My beautiful cousin! Such a devastating day for us all! My heart is shattered into a million pieces,” Arizmendi Mireles, her cousin, said.
Grieving the death of her niece, Ms Mireles’s aunt Lydia Martinez Delgado demanded stricter gun laws and said rifles should not be so easily available.
“I’m furious that these shootings continue. These children are innocent. Rifles should not be easily available to all. This is my hometown, a small community of less than 20,000. I never imagined this would happen to especially loved ones,” Ms Martinez Delgado said in a statement.
The second adult victim of the shooting, Ms Garcia, was confirmed dead by her nephew John.
“My tia did not make it, she sacrificed herself protecting the kids in her classroom, i beg of you to keep my family including all of her family in y’all’s prayers , Irma Garcia is her name and she died a hero,” tweeted her nephew.
“She was loved by many and will truly be missed.”
Read more about the others killed in this mass shooting here:
Holly Bancroft25 May 2022 12:44
Deadliest US school shootings from Columbine to Texas after more than 900 gunfire incidents in 10 years
Until the massacre at Colorado’s Columbine High School in 1999, death tolls tended to be in the single digits.
Since then, the number of school shootings where 10 or more have been killed has mounted.
Here is a look at some of the worst to shake the nation over the past decades:
Holly Bancroft25 May 2022 12:30
Dunblane massacre survivor Andy Murray brands Texas school shooting ‘f***ing madness’
Tennis star Andy Murray branded the massacre of 19 children and two adults at a primary school in Texas last night as “f****** madness” as British sports stars and celebrities called for stricter gun control laws in the US.
Murray, who survived the Dunblane school shooting in 1996, tweeted shortly after Salvador Ramos, an 18-year-old high school student, opened fire at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday.
It is the deadliest shooting at a US grade school since the Sandy Hook attack in Connecticut in 2012 when 26 people were killed.
“F****** madness,” Murray wrote in a since-deleted tweet.
Read the full story here:
Holly Bancroft25 May 2022 12:16
Who is head of US gun-rights organisation the National Rifle Association?
The US has been rocked by its deadliest school shooting in a decade after a gunman opened fire at a primary school in Texas, killing at least 19 children and two teachers.
The rampage at Robb Elementary School has sparked calls for gun reform in the country, which – according to its president – has faced more than 900 incidents involving gunfire on school campuses in the past 10 years.
Joe Biden said on Tuesday it was time to “turn this pain into action” and change gun laws in the US.
He can expect to face resistance from the National Rifle Association (NRA), a gun-rights group which is one of the most powerful organisations in the nation.
So who is head of the NRA, Wayne LaPierre? Read Zoe Tidman’s report here:
Holly Bancroft25 May 2022 12:02
‘Our hearts are broken,’ says Israeli President
Isaac Herzog, president of Israel, has shared his horror at the events in Texas. “Our hearts are broken,” he said in a statement on Twitter. “The death of a child is a tragedy beyond measure, let alone the killing of nineteen innocent children and two adults. Israel joins the people of the United States in grief.”
Holly Bancroft25 May 2022 11:45
Teacher Irma Garcia confirmed dead by nephew
A second teacher at the elementary school, Irma Garcia, has been named as among the dead.
Her nephew John posted a message on social media, saying: “My tia did not make it, she sacrificed herself protecting the kids in her classroom, i beg of you to keep my family including all of her family in y’all’s prayers, Irma Garcia is her name and she died a hero.”
Ms Garcia had reportedly taught at the school for 23 years and had four children of her own.
Holly Bancroft25 May 2022 11:30
French president describes Texas shooting as a ‘cowardly attack’
More international reaction as Emmanuel Macron, French president, issues a statement about the shooting.
Mr Macron called the attack “cowardly” and said he shared “the rage of those who are fighting to end the violence.”
Read his comments on Twitter here:
Holly Bancroft25 May 2022 11:22
Ten-year-old Amerie Jo Garza named as shooting victim
Amerie Jo Garza, 10, has been named as another child victim of Texas shooting.
Angel Garza, the father of Amerie, confirmed her death in a Facebook post.
“Thank you everyone for the prayers and help trying to find my baby,” he wrote. “She’s been found. My little love is now flying high with the angels above. Please don’t take a second for granted. Hug your family. Tell them you love them. I love you Amerie jo. Watch over your baby brother for me.”
Holly Bancroft25 May 2022 11:10
Texas expanded access to guns as recently as late last year
The mass shooting at a Texas school on Tuesday that killed at least 21 people including 19 children comes less than a year after the state brought in laws that allowed more people to possess handguns.
The law, which came into effect last September, allows gun owners to openly carry a handgun without going through the requirements of needing a licence, background check or any training.
With the law, Texas joined nearly two dozen states that allow some form of unregulated handgun possession.
Texas already allowed rifles to be carried in public without a licence prior to the law.
Holly Bancroft25 May 2022 10:55