School shooting in Texas: 19 children die in massacre in the USA

A bloody deed shook the United States. An 18-year-old opened fire on Tuesday afternoon (May 24, 2022) in an elementary school in the US state of Texas and 19 school children killed. It is one of the deadliest school massacres in US history. What is known about the crime so far?

  • Shooting spree in the USA: How did the crime go?
  • What is known about the shooter in the Texas school shooting?
  • What are the reactions to the killing spree in the USA?

Shooting spree in the USA: How did the crime go?

According to investigators, the shooter entered Elementary school Tuesday afternoon in the small town of Uvalde and shot around. He killed 19 children. Two adults – the students’ teachers – were also shot dead in the incident. All of the dead were in a classroom where the perpetrator had previously barricaded himself, police spokesman Chris Olivarez told US broadcaster CNN on Wednesday. The shooter was killed by security forces.

The Uvalde police initially gave no information on the death toll. Erick Estrada from the Texas Department of Public Safety spoke to CNN about the numbers. He also described the events leading up to the massacre. The suspect has first to his grandmother shot, said Estrada. The incident happened in the grandmother’s apartment – she was taken to a hospital. According to the New York Times, the woman survived her grandson’s attack.

Eventually, the shooter drove a car to Robb Elementary School and had one there accident built, said Estrada. He then left the car and was with one protective vest broke into the school clothed, with a backpack and a gun. There he opened fire. The 18-year-old was then from School security personnel been asked. However, Estrada emphasized that the investigation was still ongoing and that this information was still preliminary.

The children who were shot in the classroom were all around ten years old. Several family members confirmed this to American media. One of the teachers who died was 40-year-old Eva Mireles. Police told the New York Times that all of the victims have now been identified.

What is known about the shooter in the Texas school shooting?

Gov. Greg Abbot gave the suspect’s name as Salvador Ramos. His motive was initially unclear. Police believe he acted alone. He had presented semi-automatic rifles in photos on the Instagram image platform that have since been deleted. According to media reports, the shooter allegedly found the weapon used in the crime about a week ago shortly after his 18th birthday bought. Ramos was reportedly armed with a pistol and rifle and was wearing a bulletproof vest. The shooter’s behavior has recently changed, the Washington Post quoted a childhood friend of the shooter as saying. He lived with his mother and sometimes with his grandmother and himself aggressive lately behave.

A police officer walks past a sign at Robb Elementary School after a shooting spree. The elementary school has around 500 students, most of whom are Hispanic. Thursday would have been her last day of school.
© Photo: William Luther/dpa

After shooting spree in Texas: US President wants to stand up to the gun lobby

US President Joe Biden immediately ordered flags to be displayed on all public buildings in the US up to and including Saturday in view of the devastating attack to set at half mast. In the evening he had just returned from a multi-day trip to Asia. Accompanied by his wife Jill, he gave a speech at the White House shortly after landing. “As a nation, we must ask ourselves when in God’s name will we the gun lobby will offer,” he said. The idea that an 18-year-old boy could walk into a gun store and buy two assault rifles is just wrong.

Biden keeps pointing the finger at Congress when it comes to stricter gun laws. Many Republicans reject stricter regulations – the gun lobby is very powerful in the USA. Biden’s Democrats are missing for far-reaching changes in the law the necessary votes in the US Senate. Shooting sprees, including in schools, occur with sad regularity in the United States.

After the killing spree, the dispute over gun ownership begins – again

Images are reminiscent of massacres 10 years ago

A massacre at an elementary school ten years ago caused particular shock: in December 2012, a 20-year-old shot at the Sandy Hook elementary school. Back then were 20 school children and six teachers killed. And just over a week ago, a gunman with an assault rifle opened fire in a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, killing ten people and injuring three others. He was arrested at the scene of the crime. According to investigators, the act was racially motivated – 11 of the 13 victims were black.
After a school massacre in Florida in 2018, numerous students took to the streets. They called for tougher gun laws.

Reactions to rampage in Uvalde

Preventing this type of crime requires “prosecuting, arresting and prosecuting offenders and fugitives and people with serious mental illnesses who attempt to illegally purchase firearms,” ​​he said Texas Senator Ted Cruz (Republican) the broadcaster CNN. Restricting citizens’ constitutional rights to own guns is “not efficient,” Cruz said. On the other hand, it makes sense to have more armed security personnel on school premises.

Of the Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, brought up the not new idea of ​​arming teachers for more school safety. He told the conservative news channel Newsmax that “teachers and administrators who are trained and armed” could save lives.

Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) US President Joe Biden has expressed his condolences. “Our thoughts are with the injured and survivors of the victims of this incredible massacre, for which words can hardly be found,” Scholz wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. Also the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy expressed condolences and complained that people were also being shot “in times of peace”.

French President Emmanuel Macron also offered his condolences to the people of the United States. “19 of the victims were younger than ten years old,” Macron wrote on Twitter. The children and their teachers were “cowardly murdered”. “We share the shock and sadness of the American people and the anger of everyone working to end the violence,” he added.

Pope Francis said Wednesday after a general audience at the Vatican that he was “heartbroken” by the bloodbath in Texas. “I pray for the children and adults who were killed and their families,” said the head of the Catholic Church, calling for the “uncontrolled” arms trade to be curbed.

The US pop singer Taylor Swift (32) addressed her fans with emotional words after the school massacre. “I am filled with anger and sadness and so broken by the murders in Uvalde. Through Buffalo, Laguna Woods and so many others. By the way we as a nation have been conditioned to unbelievable and unbearable grief,” the superstar wrote on Twitter.

The US American Basketball-Meistertrainer Steve Kerr from the Golden State Warriors reacted to the recent school massacre in the USA with an emotional speech. “When are we going to do something?” Kerr yelled at a press conference ahead of the Dallas Mavericks playoff game on Tuesday night (local time). “I’m fed up, I’ve had enough!”

After the massacre in his Texas hometown of Uvalde Hollywoodstar Matthew McConaughey (52) demanded more action in the fight against gun violence. “This is an epidemic that we can manage and regardless of which partisan side we’re on, we all know we can do better. We have to do better,” wrote the 2014 Oscar winner (“Dallas Buyers Club”) on Twitter late Tuesday evening (local time). Measures must be taken so that no one has to experience what the parents in Uvalde and other relatives went through before.