Fear in the United States. The state governor announced that 15 people, including 14 children and a teacher, were killed in a shooting at a primary school in Texas.
Greg Abbott said the attacker “brutally and senselessly killed 14 students and a teacher”, adding that the 18-year-old suspect was also killed. The cause of this attack, which was one of the worst attacks at a school in years, was unknown for the time being.
A woman in “critical condition”
Uvalde Memorial Hospital had previously stated on Facebook that it had taken care of “13 children” and that two of them “died” without specifying their ages when they arrived. University Health, another hospital in San Antonio, announced that a 66-year-old woman was also in “critical condition” and had “two patients”, an adult and a child.
The attack occurred at Robb Elementary School, a town between San Antonio and the Mexican border. According to state data, more than 500 children were studying at the school in the 2020-2021 school year. Republican Senator Ted Cruz from Texas thanked the “heroic police forces” and rescue services on Twitter for responding during this “horrible shooting.”
“President Joe Biden is being notified of the murder,” said presidential spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre. “His prayers go out to the families affected by this terrible event, and he will speak on his return to the White House tonight,” he said after his trip to Asia.
Recurring nightmare of school shootings
The attack again plunged the country into the throes of school massacres; this is often repeated with shocking images of traumatized students being forced to shut themselves into their classrooms before being evicted by law enforcement, and parents desperately panicked to hear from their children. America was particularly noted for the drama that killed 17 people, mostly teenagers, at a high school in Parkland, Florida, in 2018.
There are shootings in public places nearly every day in the United States, and gun crime has been on the rise, especially in major cities like New York, Chicago, Miami or San Francisco since the 2020 pandemic. African Americans died in a supermarket in Buffalo, New York.