At least 19 students and two teachers were killed and multiple others injured after a mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday.
The 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, Gov. Greg Abbott said.
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.
Elected officials and celebrities took to social media following the shooting to offer prayers and messages of support.
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Texans are grieving for the victims of this senseless crime & for the community of Uvalde.
Cecilia & I mourn this horrific loss & urge all Texans to come together.
I've instructed @TxDPS & Texas Rangers to work with local law enforcement to fully investigate this crime. pic.twitter.com/Yjwi8tDT1v
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) May 24, 2022
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I ask you all of you to join me in praying for our fellow Texans impacted by the horrific shooting in Uvalde today.
Lord, our refuge and strength, we pray for the souls of those lost, those who were wounded, their families, and our brave first responders.
— Attorney General Ken Paxton (@KenPaxtonTX) May 24, 2022
Heidi & I are fervently lifting up in prayer the children and families in the horrific shooting in Uvalde.
We are in close contact with local officials, but the precise details are still unfolding.
Thank you to heroic law enforcement & first responders for acting so swiftly.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 24, 2022
My thoughts and prayers goes out to the families of love ones loss & injured at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, TX! Like when is enough enough man!!! These are kids and we keep putting them in harms way at school. Like seriously "AT SCHOOL" where it's suppose to be the safest!
— LeBron James (@KingJames) May 24, 2022
The entire Dallas Cowboys organization grieves alongside the community of Uvalde and all of those affected by today’s tragic event. As we mourn the loss of innocent life, our hearts and prayers are with the victims’ families, loved ones, faculty and staff of Robb Elementary.
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) May 24, 2022
Our broken hearts are with Uvalde.
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) May 24, 2022
My heart breaks for the community of #Uvalde. I am so deeply saddened that this has happened again. No child should have to experience this, no parent or teacher should live in such fear. https://t.co/RKVta3YkYI
— Rep. Veronica Escobar (@RepEscobar) May 24, 2022
What we know about Uvalde, Texas, elementary school shooting: At least 15 dead, including 14 children
Little children and their teacher.
Stunned. Angry. Heartbroken.
— Jill Biden (@FLOTUS) May 24, 2022
Pray for Uvalde. My heart is with South Texas today. Our community is rocked by tragedy as we continue to learn more details.
— George P. Bush (@georgepbush) May 24, 2022
Devastated doesn’t even begin to describe it.
Horrifying horrifying news out of Texas.
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) May 24, 2022
This article originally appeared on Austin American-Statesman: Officials react after school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, leaves 21 dead