There were 19 children and two teachers killed in an elementary school massacre. The school shooting was the deadliest in a decade in the United States.
In Uvalde, Texas, a small city west of San Antonio, a gunman wielding an AR-15-style rifle killed 19 children and two teachers on May 24. Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in 2012 resulted in the death of 20 children and six adults. It was the deadliest school shooting of all time.
What you need to know about the attack is below.
What happened in School Uvalde?
As early as 11:30 a.m. the day before, a gunman crashed a pickup truck into a ditch near the school. It appears that the gunman, identified as Salvador Ramos, 18, had shot his grandmother just a few streets away in the face before he shot him.
Ramos began firing at the school after leaving the truck. Then he entered the building and began firing in two connected fourth-grade classrooms.
There were 19 students and two teachers killed, and more than a dozen others were wounded in the incident.
Anguished parents gathered outside the school, who were also gathered by police officers from multiple agencies, were frustrated by officers not confronting the gunman.
A Border Patrol officer shot Mr. Ramos more than an hour after he entered the building.
Gun control is back in the spotlight
In Buffalo, a gunman killed ten Black people two weeks before the shooting in Uvalde. Congress has been trying to enact gun laws in the wake of the two mass shootings, but despite Republican opposition, the attacks have sparked a flurry of negotiations.
The Senate, however, approved a bipartisan measure to prevent dangerous people from getting guns. The bill would represent the largest overhaul of the nation’s gun laws in decades if it passes the House and is signed by President Biden.