What AR-15 gun was used in the Texas school shootings?

A shooting at an elementary school in Texas left 19 children and two teachers dead.

The attack began late Tuesday morning at Rob Elementary School in Uvalde, a Hill Country town of just over 16,000.

An 18-year-old suspect identified as Salvador Ramos was found to have legally purchased two rifles last week, just days after his birthday.

Investigators said the suspect was in possession of a pistol, an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and a large magazine.

The weapon’s popularity has grown since 2004, when the ban on federal assault weapons in the United States expired.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the national trade association for the firearms industry, estimates that one in five firearms bought in the United States today is an AR-style rifle.

This gun is said to be desirable by Americans because of its versatility, which allows you to add a scope and change the length and size of the barrel.

Semi-automatic weapons fire one shot each time the trigger is pulled.

A customer is handling an AR-15 rifle in a store in New York.

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The AR-15 was developed as a civilian weapon in the late 1950s by a former Marine working for a small California startup called ArmaLite.

NSSF tells ABC News that by October 2021, more than 20 million AR-15 style rifles are legally in circulation in the United States.

The AR-15 semi-automatic rifle or variant has been known to have been used in several mass shootings in recent years, including the Sandy Hook, San Bernadino and Las Vegas shootings.

On Tuesday, the suspect first shot his surviving grandmother, authorities said.

The 18-year-old suspect, Salvador Ramos, is said to have legally purchased two rifles days before the Uvalde attack.

(Texas Department of Public Security)

He then fled the scene and crashed his car near Robb Elementary School. There he started a bloody riot and was eventually shot to death by police.

Texas Department of Public Safety Sergeant Eric Estrada told CNN: “Police saw a gunman in body armor come out of the crashed vehicle with a rifle and “engage” with the suspect, but then rushed into the building and opened fire.

Eva Mireles, 44, and Irma Garcia, 40, were named by the family as the two teachers killed in the Robb Elementary School attack.

The identities of 19 victims are also being revealed. Uziyah Garcia (9 years old), Amerie Jo Garza, Makenna Lee Elrod, Xavier Javier Lopez, Jose Flores, Navaeh Brown, Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez, Ellie Lugo, all 10 years old.

Texas Elementary School Shooting Victims Uziyah Garcia, Amerie Jo Garza, Jose Flores Jr and Xavier Javier Lopez

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This latest attack echoes the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting that killed two people at a school in Newtown, Connecticut.

On December 14, 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot and killed her mother at her Newtown home before attending Sandy Hook Elementary School.

He entered a locked school and killed 20 first-year students and six educators with an AR-15 rifle that his mother legally purchased. Then, before the police arrived, he committed suicide.

In February, the families of nine Sandy Hook victims settled a $73 million lawsuit against the manufacturer of the rifle used in the shooting.

The suit against Remington, filed in 2015, has been closely watched by gun control advocates, gun rights advocates and manufacturers because it will likely provide a roadmap for other shooting victims to sue gun manufacturers.

Families and survivors argued that the company should never have sold such a dangerous weapon to the public.

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They said they are focused on preventing future massacres by making gun companies more accountable for their products and how they market them.

On February 14, 2018, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, a gunman killed 14 children and three school staff with an AR-15-style rifle.

President Joe Biden, speaking at the White House on Tuesday, urged Americans to stand up to the politically-strong gun lobby, allegedly obstructing the enactment of stronger gun safety laws.

Former Vice President Biden ordered 100 people to raise flags every day until sunset on Saturday to commemorate the tragedy.

“As a nation, we must ask, ‘In the name of God, when will we stand in the gun lobby,'” the leader told National Television. Detect gun laws.”

Further reports from Reuters

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