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Gunman kills at least 18 children at Texas school

Gunman kills at least 18 children at Texas school

At least 21 persons, including 18 children, were killed on Tuesday after a teenage gunman opened fire at an elementary school in Uvalde city of Texas, the BBC reported.

The gunman, identified as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, was also killed, according to Reuters. The motive behind the attack is not yet known.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott said that two police officers were also wounded during the shooting, though their injuries were not serious, according to The New York Times. “He shot and killed horrifically, incomprehensibly,” Abbott said.

Texas Public Safety Department Sergeant Erick Estrada told CNN that Ramos had shot his grandmother before heading to Robb Elementary School in Uvalde with two military-style rifles and body armour.

The attack took place ten days after ten people were killed in a racially-motivated shooting at a supermarket in New York’s Buffalo city. The authorities had said that most of the residents shot at were Black.

The shooting in Texas was also one of the deadliest attacks at an American school since a gunman killed 26 people, including 20 children, in a rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in 2012.

After Tuesday’s attack, United States President Joe Biden called for strengthening the gun laws in the country.

I’m addressing the nation on the horrific elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.

— President Biden (@POTUS)...

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