Houston (USA), May 25 (agency)
In the US, an 18-year-old gunman opened fire at an elementary school in the state of Texas, killing 21 people, including 19 children, while several others were injured in the incident. President Joe Biden condoled the incident and said that steps must now be taken to impose new sanctions on the sale of arms in the country. Gunshots were heard at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, 134 kilometers from San Antonio, around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, officials said. Texas Governor Greg Abbott said the attacker had been identified as Salvador Ramos, a resident of an area near the school. It is not yet clear why the attack took place. According to US media reports, the young man first shot his grandmother. Abbott said on Tuesday evening, ‘He killed people by firing fiercely. 14 children and a teacher were killed.” Later the death toll increased and 19 children and two adults were reported to have died in the shooting. He said two law enforcement officers were also shot, but were expected to recover.
Law enforcement sources confirmed that Ramos had a handgun and an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle. He also had a modern magazine. According to the school’s website, its students range in age from 5 years to 11 years.
Uvalde police chief Pete Arredondo said: “At 11.32 a.m. today there were a large number of casualties at Rob Elementary School.” Arredondo said that these children studied in the second, third and fourth grades.
US President Joe Biden, who was returning from Japan after attending the Quad Summit, was informed about the shooting incident. During one of his addresses, Biden appeared emotional and asked how long it would take to convince fellow lawmakers that ‘it is time for action’. The President tried to console the bereaved nation after the mass shooting incident. “The little kids saw what happened,” Biden said. The children watched their friends die as if they were on a battlefield. He said, “Losing a child is like a part of your soul has been ripped off….”
“His (Biden’s) condolences are with the families affected by this horrific incident,” Pierre tweeted. Biden has ordered the American flag to be flown at half-mast until sunset on May 28 in memory of those killed in Texas. All schools in Uvalde have been closed. Several people have also been injured, but their number has not yet been told.