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  • Deadliest US School Shooting In A Decade Kills 19 Children

    “He shot and killed, horrifically and incomprehensibly.”
    by Ronna Capili Bonifacio .
Deadliest US School Shooting In A Decade Kills 19 Children
  • A teenage gunman killed 19 children in a shooting at an elementary school in Texas on Tuesday morning. This is the deadliest school shooting the US has seen in a decade, reports Reportr.

    The suspect is identified as Salvador Ramos, an 18-year-old US citizen who was also believed to have shot his grandmother before heading to Robb Elementary School at Uvalde, Texas at noon. Reports say he left his vehicle and used a handgun and possibly also a rifle before entering the school. 

    Texas Governor Gregg Abott said in a news conference that "it is believed that responding officers killed him." 

    "He shot and killed, horrifically and incomprehensibly," Abott said. 

    The last deadliest shooting was the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting in Connecticut where 20 children and 6 staff were killed.

    Robb Elementary teaches more than 500 students, mostly Hispanic and economically disadvantaged students aged 7 to 10 years old or second to fourth grade.


    The school requested for parents not to pick up their kids until a were accounted for. 

    "Students need to be accounted for before they are released to your care. You will be notified to pick up students once all are accounted for," announced the school on its website soon after the attack.

    Texas State Senator Roland Gutierrez told CNN that three adults had also died in the attack but it is unclear if the number includes the suspect.

    ‘It only happens in this country’

    Reportr says Vice President Kamala Harris said in the wake of the shooting that “Enough is enough. Our hearts keep getting broken.”

    “This isn't inevitable, these kids weren't unlucky,” said Senator Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut where the Sandy Hook shooting happened. 

    "This only happens in this country and nowhere else. Nowhere else do little kids go to school thinking that they might be shot that day,” he said at the Senate floor in Washington and made an appeal for concrete action to prevent similar incidents.

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    "I'm here on this floor to beg, to literally get down on my hands and knees and beg my colleagues: Find a path forward here. Work with us to find a way to pass laws that make this less likely.”

    This shootout follows a series of mass shootings in the United States this month.

    The United States, as reported by Reportr, has seen a 35% increase in firearm homicide from 2019 to 2020. In 2020, 19,350 firearm homicides were recorded by the CDC (Center for Disease Control).

    Gun regulation reforms have been failing in the US Congress despite the recurrence of mass-casualty shootings. 

    CNN Philippines reports this shooting is the 30th shooting at a K-12 school in 2022.

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