Sight Magazine – News flash: At least 19 students killed in Texas school shooting

Update: 12:30 p.m. (AEST)
United States

At 19, students and a teacher were killed in an elementary school in Texas.

The shooting happened at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, about 135 kilometers west of San Antonio. The shooter, identified as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos of Uvalde, was reportedly killed by a law enforcement officer, reported as a member of the US Border Patrol, at the scene. Ramos is also suspected of killing his grandmother before the attack.

Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, seen in a December 2021 image. IMAGE: Google Maps.

The shooter was reportedly armed with a handgun, an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and high-capacity magazines.

The slain teacher was named in US media as Eva Mireles.

US President Joe Biden, who has just returned to the United States from a visit to Asia, has called for greater action on gun control. “When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby?”

Speaking from the White House, he said the idea that “an 18-year-old can walk into a store and buy two assault weapons is just plain wrong.”

“These kinds of mass shootings rarely happen anywhere else in the world.”

Biden said losing a child “is like having a piece of your soul ripped out.”

“There’s a hollow in your chest, you feel like you’re going to be sucked into it and you’ll never be able to get out… It’s never quite the same.”

Earlier, US Vice President Kamala Harris said “enough is enough”.

“As a nation, we need to have the courage to take action and understand the connection between what makes reasonable and sensible public policy, to make sure something like this never happens again.”

Local police said the shooting began at 11:32 a.m. Tuesday.