Texas shooting: 19 children among dead in primary school attack
A teenage gunman has killed at
least 19 children and two adults at a primary school in the US state of Texas,
Governor Greg Abbott said one of the two adults killed was a teacher. State officials later confirmed that the second adult killed was also a teacher.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday afternoon, Abbott said the 18-year-old gunman opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, a small community about 80km (50 miles) west of San Antonio.
the state attorney general’s of
fice in an official statement put the tally of lives lost at 18 children and two adults, including the gunman
A Texas DPS spokesperson later told CNN that 19 school children and two adults were killed, not counting the shooter.
There were 19,350 firearm homicides in the US in 2020, up nearly 35 percent compared with 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in its latest data.