Homeland Security Briefing on Texas Elementary School Massacre


White House press secretary Carine Jean-Pierre said President Joe Biden was informed of the shootings in Yuvalde, Texas, which killed at least 14 students and a teacher.

“President Biden has been briefed on news of the elementary school shooting in Texas and will continue to be briefed regularly as information becomes available,” she said in a statement. “His prayers are with the families affected by this horrific event, and he will return to the White House this evening to speak.”

Former Vice President Biden is returning to the United States from a tour of Asia.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mallorcas was also reportedly briefed on the shooting, and US Customs and Border Protection responded to the scene with assistance.

“DHS is actively working with federal, state and local partners and will continue to provide the full support of the Department,” DHS tweeted.

The Associated Press reported that the shooter died at Rob Elementary School in Yuvalde, Texas. Texas Governor Greg Abbott said the shooter was 18-year-old Salvador Romas. Mr. Abbott said responding officers killed Mr. Romas.

The Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District has advised parents that they will pick up their children during normal hours and there will be no bus transfers.

Senator Ted Cruz said he was in close contact with local officials.

“We are in close contact with local officials, but the exact details have not been revealed,” he said. “Thanks to the heroic law enforcement and first responders who act so quickly.”

The shooting took place the same month that a racist shooter opened fire at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, killing 10 people.

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