Uvalde/ US: Another horrific school shooting in the US. A total of 21 people, including 18 children, have died in a shooting at a Texas school. A gunman opened fire in an elementary school in Texas, USA. In which 18 children present in the school have died while three people also lost their lives. Many people have also been injured in this attack. The attacker was killed in retaliation by the security forces.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott called it one of the largest shootings in Texas history. It is being told that the attacker was an 18-year-old youth and he entered the primary school of Uvalde while firing. Whoever came in front of him threw bullets at him. The name of the attacker is being told as Salvador Ramos.
— AFP News Agency (@AFP) May 25, 2022
Flags flown at half-staff
President Joe Biden, who is returning to the US after a five-day trip to Asia, has reportedly ordered flags flown at half-staff until sunset daily until May 28 in observance of the tragedy.
Governor Greg Abbott also directed that the Texas flag be immediately lowered to half-staff statewide on Wednesday in memory of those who lost their lives in the shooting.
“Flags should remain at half-staff through sunset on Saturday, May 28, 2022. Flags should be returned to full-staff on the following day,” he said.
Directing the Texas flag be immediately lowered to half-staff statewide on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in memory of those who lost their lives in a shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde. https://t.co/cKLXbPPgLw https://t.co/YWsIidOTAz
— Gov. Greg Abbott (@GovAbbott) May 24, 2022
“Individuals, businesses, municipalities, counties, and other political subdivisions and entities are encouraged to fly their flags at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of honor and respect,” Abbott added.
Joe Biden to deliver remarks at White House
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said President Joe Biden has been briefed on the school shooting on Air Force One as he returns after attending the Quad Summit in Japan. She added that Biden would continue to receive updates and that the US President will deliver remarks Wednesday at the White House.
“President Biden has been briefed on the horrific news of the elementary school shooting in Texas and will continue to be briefed regularly as information becomes available. His prayers are with the families impacted by this awful event, and he will speak this evening when he arrives back at the White House,” she tweeted.
His prayers are with the families impacted by this awful event, and he will speak this evening when he arrives back at the White House.
— Karine Jean-Pierre (@PressSec) May 24, 2022
The shooting, notably, unfolded within a fortnight after 10 people were killed in Buffalo, New York, in a predominantly Black neighborhood. An 18-year-old man, whom authorities said opened fire with an assault-style rifle, was charged for shooting in Buffalo.