A teenage shooter opened fire at an elementary school in Texas on Tuesday, killing at least 19 children and two adults.
The incident is known as the largest school massacre in the country in about 10 years. It is a tragic moment for the United States, which has already suffered the scars of genocide.
Several people were injured in a recent shootout, most of them children. Some are in critical condition.
Here’s everything you need to know.
Texas school riot kills 19 teenagers
Authorities reported that the shooter arrived at Rob Elementary School in Yuvalde, Texas, around 11:32 a.m. local time.
A Texas Department of Public Security official said the gunman started shooting at “children, teachers, and anyone in the way” as they entered the school.
Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Erick Estrada told CNN on Tuesday night that a 66-year-old woman and a 10-year-old girl are in critical condition.
The suspect was said to be wearing a bulletproof vest at the time of the incident. He opened fire with a police officer and two police officers were shot.
Police said the teenage suspect was eventually killed at the scene.
He was one of the adults killed during the incident, and the other was schoolteacher Eva Mireles.
Who was the suspect?
Texas Governor Greg Abbott said the suspect was an 18-year-old man living in the town of Uvalde, about 130 kilometers west of San Antonio.
Officials added that he shot his grandmother and abandoned a getaway vehicle before he started a bloody riot at Robb Elementary School.
The suspect, under the name of Salvador Ramos, may have been in possession of a pistol and rifle and shot children and teachers.
Two police officers said the pistol appeared to be an AR-15 assault weapon.
The motive for his horrific behavior is currently unclear. Officials further noted that Ramos acted alone.
President Joe Biden on Tragedy
President Joe Biden condemned the shooting on Tuesday night and commented on the incident.
He said, ‘Another massacre. Uvalde, Texas. Elementary School. Beautiful and innocent 2nd, 3rd, 4th graders. And dozens of young children who witnessed what happened saw their friends die as if they were on the battlefield for God. They will live with it for the rest of their lives.’