“It is time to turn the pain into action,” the US president insisted, visibly moved, in an official speech at the White House.
“When, for God’s sake, are we going to take on the gun lobby?” Biden fired, saying he was “sick and tired” in the face of a string of school shootings. This latest tragedy claimed the lives of children as young as ten years old.
Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott said the gunman killed his victims in a “terrible and senseless manner” in the town of Ovaldi.
Known as Salvador Ramos, he also died in this massacre of the town located about 130 kilometers west of San Antonio. Police were killed, Texas Department of Public Security officials said, adding that two adults died in the attack.
The SBU confirmed the death toll, 19 children and one adult. Sgt. Eric Estrada told CNN that the number did not include the shooter, who was carrying at least a rifle and a paramilitary group.
Salvador Ramos, an American, would first target his grandmother, whose health still needs to be clarified, before going to school by car to commit a massacre there. The motives for this attack, one of the worst on a school in years, are still unknown.
Children under 10 years
The shooting took place at Robb Primary School, which caters to children under the age of 10, in Ovaldi. More than 500 children, nearly 90% of whom are Hispanic, were studying at the facility during the 2020-2021 school year, according to state data.
Videos shared on social networks showed emergency evacuees shaking hands or running in small groups towards yellow school buses, in front of this low and flat building, as in the southern United States.
The shooting happened while Joe Biden was on his way home from his Asian tour. He spoke in the evening, immediately upon his arrival at the White House.
“Too many, too many,” Vice President Kamala Harris drifted away, calling for “action” on the subject of gun violence, a national scourge. “Our hearts are still broken,” she said. “We must have the courage to act,” she added in the Congressional address, powerless to legislate despite the tragedies.
The White House also ordered flags to be lowered to half-mast in all public buildings “in honor of Ovaldi’s victims.”
The attack sent the country back into the throes of school shootings, often repeated with horrific images of traumatized students forced to lock themselves in their classrooms before being evacuated by law enforcement, and parents panicked, desperate to hear the news of their children.
The tragedy is reminiscent of the elementary school tragedy in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, in which a 20-year-old madman killed 26 people, including twenty children between the ages of 6 and 7, before committing suicide.
Chris Murphy, the Democratic senator for this northeastern US state, “begged” his fellow elects on Tuesday for action, stressing that these tragedies are not “inevitable.”
It only happens in this country, not anywhere else. Children in no other country go to school thinking they might be shot.”
America was also particularly marked by the shooting of a high school in Parkland, Florida, which killed 17 people, mostly teenagers, in 2018.
This new killing, all the more shocking because the victims are children, will not fail to reignite criticism of the proliferation of firearms in the United States, a debate virtually empty given the lack of hope that Congress will adopt an ambitious national law. about the case.
Democratic Congressional leader Nancy Pelosi denounced the “barbaric act that stole the future of dear children.” “No words can describe the pain and outrage at the cold-blooded massacre of young schoolchildren and teachers,” she wrote in a statement.