Texas gunman kills 19 children, 2 teachers

Devastating Tragedy

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Jennifer Tamayo⭐/ AP News, Reporter | Copy Editor: Deontae Roach

The 18-year-old gunman who slaughtered 19 children and two teachers at a Texas elementary school barricaded himself inside a single classroom and “began shooting anyone that was in his way,” authorities said Wednesday in detailing the latest mass killing to rock the U.S.

Law enforcement officers eventually broke into the classroom and killed the gunman, who used an AR-style rifle. Police and others responding to Tuesday’s attack also went around breaking windows at the school to enable students and teachers to escape, Lt. Christopher Olivarez of the Texas Department of Public Safety said on NBC’s “Today” show.

Olivarez told CNN that all of the victims were in the same fourth-grade classroom at Robb Elementary.

The killer “barricaded himself by locking the door and just started shooting children and teachers that were inside that classroom,” he said. “It just shows you the complete evil of the shooter.”

Investigators did not immediately disclose a motive but identified the assailant as Salvador Ramos, a resident of the community about 85 miles (135 kilometers) west of San Antonio. In chilling posts on social media in the days and hours before the massacre, an account that appeared to belong to Ramos seemed to hint at plans for violence.

Ramos legally bought two AR-style rifles just days before the attack, soon after his 18th birthday, state senators briefed by law enforcement said.

The attack in the predominantly Latino town of Uvalde was the deadliest school shooting in the U.S. since a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012. – AP News

Just imagine how the parents felt after hearing that there was a shooter in the school who took young innocent lives. This is sad and heartbreaking. Prayers to the families. In this world, there is no safety. We have to be alert when something is suspicious. When I heard this news, I tried not to cry…They were young, starting to grow, starting their life. They were about to have their summer break. Their parents probably planned what to do during the summer with them. My heart is shattered. He shot his grandma. Just why?… These guns should be banned. May they rest in peace.