the author Salvador Romas, the murdered children… First assessment

TEXAS. A shooting killed 14 children and a teacher at an elementary school in Ulvade, Texas, United States, on Tuesday, May 24, 2022. The perpetrator is presented as an 18-year-old named Salvador Roma…

[Mis à jour le 25 mai 2022 à 00h37] A shooting at an elementary school, Robb School in Uvalde, Texas, killed at least 15 people on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, we learned in the evening from AFP. 14 children died among the students and a teacher also succumbed to his injuries according to initial information. The shooter, responding to the name of Salvador Romas, would be a young man of 18 years. We still don’t know the reason for his crazy act. He was killed by the police.

The governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, spoke during the day giving more details about this new mass slaughter that in the United States knows dozens every year. Greg Abbott called the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School a “horrible tragedy.” “What happened in Uvalde is a horrible tragedy that cannot be tolerated in the state of Texas. Local law enforcement took swift action,” he told reporters. “Texans mourn the victims of this senseless crime. […]. Cecilia and I mourn this horrible loss and urge all Texans to come together,” she said.

The new White House spokeswoman Karine Jean Pierre reported that “President Biden has been briefed on the horrific news of the elementary school shooting in Texas and will continue to receive updates regularly as information becomes available.”

The Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District said an active shooter was reported at Robb Elementary School at noon on Tuesday, May 24 in Texas (late afternoon in France). We still know little about the development of the events: the shooter would have abandoned his car, entered the school and started shooting at 11:43 am local time, with a pistol and possibly a rifle, before being neutralized by the policeman. Two officers were hit by bullets but did not suffer serious injuries.

The police quickly intervened at the scene, establishing a large security perimeter. San Antonio police said they dispatched SWAT, a helicopter and investigators to the scene of the shooting. US Customs and Border Protection “immediately responded to the scene to provide support, including medical assistance,” Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said. “We are actively coordinating assistance with federal, state and local partners to provide the full support of the department,” he added.

Robb Elementary School, located near US Highway 83, has just under 600 students. All activities, extracurricular programs, and events have been cancelled. Parents have been asked to pick up students at regular dismissal time, school transportation has been cancelled. Officers were assigned to escort them to the parents’ cars. Videos taken by a bystander showed dozens of armed officers at the scene, according to CNN. Uvalde is located more than 100 km west of San Antonio.

The shooter was identified as 18-year-old Salvador Romas, according to the Texas governor (Salvador Rolando Ramos’ name is also used by various media). He was killed by officers. “What happened in Uvalde is a horrible tragedy that cannot be tolerated in the state of Texas,” Abbott said. “He shot and killed – horrifyingly, incomprehensibly – 14 students, and he killed a teacher. Salvador Romas, the shooter, died himself and is believed to have been killed by officers who responded to the call,” he added. “At this point, the investigation leads us to believe that the suspect acted alone during this heinous crime,” the local police chief said.

Salvador Ramos reportedly posted photos of guns and a gun magazine on Instagram before shooting. Several images of the author of the shooting have already been revealed by local media, including police photos.

At least 14 students and a teacher were killed in the shooting at an elementary school, but details are still unclear. Texas Governor Greg Abbott said 15 people were killed in the tragedy. “He horrifically and incomprehensibly shot and killed 14 students and killed one teacher,” Abbott said. The school accepts students in second through fourth grades, he said.

Initially, fragmentary information on the dead and victims of the shooting indicated that two children had died in the local Uvalde hospital from gunshot wounds during the shooting and that 13 schoolchildren were being treated in the hospital emergency service after this “attack”. . “Two children have been transported to San Antonio and another is awaiting transfer,” added the hospital center. San Antonio University Hospital, for its part, said in a tweet that it had received a child and an adult after the school shooting. The adult, a 66-year-old woman, was in critical condition at the time, the hospital said. The number of victims eventually turned out to be much more serious.

“When parents drop off their children at school, they expect to know that they can pick up their children at the end of the school day,” Governor Abbott added. “There are families that are grieving right now, and the state of Texas is grieving with them.” The Uvalde school shooting would be the deadliest in Texas history according to multiple outlets, including CBS Austin.

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