18-year-old gunman kills 19 children, 2 teachers at Texas elementary school

A teenage gunman killed at least 19 children and two teachers after storming into a Texas elementary school on Tuesday (May 24), the latest bout of gun-fuelled mass murder in the US and the nation's worst school shooting in nearly a decade.

25/5/2022 11:00:00 AM

A teenage gunman killed at least 19 children and two teachers after storming into a Texas elementary school on Tuesday (May 24), the latest bout of gun-fuelled mass murder in the US and the nation's worst school shooting in nearly a decade.

UVALDE — A gunman opened fire at an elementary school in South Texas on Tuesday (May 24), killing 14 children and one teacher, before the suspect himself died, Governor Greg Abbott told reporters, in the latest spasm of mass shootings sweeping the United States.

He fled that scene and crashed his car near the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, a town about 80 miles (130 km) west of San Antonio. There he launched a bloody rampage that ended when he was killed, apparently shot by police.Speaking from the White House hours later, a visibly shaken President Joe Biden urged Americans to stand up to the politically powerful gun lobby, which he blamed for blocking enactment of tougher firearms safety laws.

Mass shootings in America have frequently led to public protests and calls for stricter background checks on gun sales and other firearm controls common in other countries, but such measures have repeatedly failed in the face of strong Republican-led opposition.

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