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Uvalde, Texas, elementary school shooting: 15 killed

A gunman killed 15 people – 14 of them children – at a Texas elementary school Tuesday, authorities said, marking the deadliest school shooting in the state’s history. 

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said the 18-year-old shooter walked into Robb Elementary School in Uvalde around noon Central time and opened fire with a handgun. The shooter was killed by responding police, Abbott said.

“He shot and killed, horrifically, incomprehensibly, 14 students, and killed a teacher,” Abbott said Tuesday afternoon. “He himself is deceased. It is believed that responding officers killed him.”

Uvalde is a city of about 16,000 people about 85 miles west of San Antonio. The shooting came four years after a gunman fatally shot 10 people at Santa Fe High School in the Houston area.

President Biden had been briefed “on the horrific news of the elementary school shooting in Texas,” his spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre wrote on Twitter.

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