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The shooting happened Tuesday afternoon at Robb Elementary School, where 14 students and a teacher were shot dead, according to Gov. Greg Abbott.
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In light of the news, leaders across the Houston area expressed their condolences while also drawing attention to gun violence.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner tweeted that he was heartbroken by the tragic event, asking, “How many more children have to lose their lives to senseless gun violence?”
“I am heartbroken and disturbed to learn of today’s tragic event at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, in which 14 innocent children and a teacher died and dozens of children were injured. My deepest condolences to the families, teachers and classmates who are enduring this unspeakable tragedy. In the past two weeks, at least 23 people have lost their lives in mass shootings in Buffalo, New York and now in Uvalde, Texas. Congress must act, and governors and legislators must pass proper gun control legislation, and voters must demand that their representatives do so,” Turner said on social media.
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo called the shooting “another senseless act of gun violence” and told us that we will learn and start seeing the faces of more children whose lives have been “stolen.”
“In the hours to come, we will see the faces of more children whose lives have been stolen by yet another senseless act of gun violence in Texas. How much longer will we be willing to put the gun lobby’s interests ahead of life? from innocent people?” Her tweet read.
In the coming hours, we will begin to see the faces of more children whose lives have been stolen by yet another senseless act of gun violence in Texas. How much longer will we be willing to put the interests of the gun lobby before the lives of innocent people? #uvalde.
— Lina Hidalgo (@LinaHidalgoTX) May 24, 2022
Fort Bend County Judge KP George also asked that the families of all affected be lifted up in prayer. “My heart is breaking. A terrible day in our state. It has been confirmed that 14 children and 1 teacher were killed at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, TX. Enough is enough. May God lift up the families of all those affected and our first responders to the scene,” George wrote.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez offered his condolences to the victims and families.
“Absolutely heartbreaking. My prayers are for the families and loved ones of those killed or injured, the students, faculty/staff and the entire #Uvalde community. Thank you to all first responders for their heroic actions. School always felt like a safe place growing up,” he wrote.
Absolutely heartbreaking. My prayers are for the families and loved ones of those killed or injured, the students, faculty/staff and the wider community of #uvalde. Thank you to all first responders for their heroic actions. Growing up, school always felt like a safe place.
— Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) May 24, 2022
District of Harris County. 4 Constable Mark Herman shared a picture of the incident and offered his condolences to the families.
“The men and women of Constable Mark Herman’s office extend our heartfelt condolences and prayers to the families and victims of the tragic mass school shooting in Uvalde, Texas,” his office wrote on Twitter.
The men and women of Constable Mark Herman’s office offer our deepest condolences and prayers to the families and victims of the tragic mass shooting at a school in Uvalde, Texas. pic.twitter.com/4cIEEx4sDA
— Mark Herman, Harris County Police District 4 (@Pct4Constable) May 24, 2022
The Harris County Attorney’s Office expressed their condolences, saying that “gun violence is the leading cause of death for children under the age of 18.”
Our hearts are heavy for another tragedy. 14 children and 2 adults were slaughtered and the lives of their loved ones destroyed. Gun violence is the leading cause of death for children under the age of 18. The trauma suffered by today’s victims will last forever. Unite against it #Armed force. https://t.co/pvUnjhNhqW
— Harris County Attorney’s Office (@HarrisCountyDAO) May 24, 2022
The suspected shooter, identified by law enforcement sources and Abbott as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, allegedly shot and killed his grandmother before entering the school and opening fire again.
Two responding police officers were among the injured, Abbott said. They are expected to survive, he said.
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