Gunman kills 19 school kids in Texas, America in shock

An 18-year-old teenager opened fire on Tuesday, May 24, in an elementary school in Texas, killing 19 young students and two adults, a tragedy that plunged America into a chronic nightmare, Joe Biden urging a start to regulate firearms. “When, for God’s sake, are we going to face the gun lobby?” launched the American president in a solemn address at the White House, saying to himself “disgusted and tired” in the face of the litany of school shootings.

The motives of this attack, one of the worst in a school for years, are for the moment unknown. The shooting occurred at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, a town between San Antonio and the Mexican border. According to information from New York Times90% of the students at the attacked school are of Latin American origin and 87% are “economically disadvantaged”.

The shooter killed his victims “in an atrocious and senseless way” in the town of Uvalde, Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott said. Of American nationality, he would have first targeted his grandmother, whose state of health remained to be clarified, before going to school by car to perpetrate his massacre there.

Identified as Salvador Ramos, he was shot dead by police, officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety said, adding that two adults also died in the attack, including a teacher.

This attack plunged the United States back into the throes of school shootings, which are frequently repeated with shocking images of traumatized students, forced to confine themselves to their classrooms before being evacuated by law enforcement and of panicked parents desperate to hear from their children. America was particularly marked by the drama in a high school in Parkland, Florida, which killed 17 people, the majority of them teenagers, in 2018.

Shootings in public places are almost daily in the United States and gun crime is on the rise in major cities such as New York, Chicago, Miami or San Francisco, especially since the 2020 pandemic. America has been mourned by a racist shooting that left 10 African Americans dead in a supermarket in Buffalo, New York.

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