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At least 19 students and two adults were killed in a mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday, public safety officials said.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said that the gunman, an 18-year-old local resident, is dead. Authorities say he shot his grandmother before heading to the school. She was listed in critical condition late Tuesday.
The massacre comes 10 days after 10 people were killed in a mass shooting at a Buffalo, N.Y., grocery store.
"I am sick and tired of it," President Biden said in a televised address to the nation. "We have to act."
For a complete recap of the day's tragic events, see the Yahoo News blog below.
What we know so far:
• At least 19 children and two adults were killed in the shooting at Robb Elementary School in the town of Uvalde, Texas, a predominantly Hispanic community located 90 minutes west of San Antonio.
• Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said that the shooter, an 18-year-old Uvalde resident, is dead. Abbott said he had a handgun and possibly a rifle.
• Abbott also said the suspect shot his grandmother before entering the school. She was in critical condition late Tuesday, officials said.
• It is the deadliest school shooting since 2012, when 26 people — including 20 children — were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
• The massacre comes 10 days after 10 people were killed in a mass shooting at a grocery store in a Black neighborhood of Buffalo, N.Y.
• "Why are we willing to live with this carnage?" President Biden asked during a primetime address calling for action on gun legislation. "Why do we keep letting this happen? Where in god’s name is our backbone? It’s time to turn this pain into action.”
"To lose a child, it's like having a piece of your soul ripped away."
— President Biden in an address to the nation following Tuesday's mass shooting at a Texas elementary school
Obama wipes away tears while talking about Newtown and other mass shootings at the White House, Jan. 5, 2016. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)
Obama: 'It's long past time for action, any kind of action'
Former President Barack Obama released a statement on Twitter following the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday:
"Across the country, parents are putting their children to bed, reading stories, singing lullabies —and in the back of their minds, they’re worried about what might happen tomorrow after they drop their kids off at school, or take them to a grocery store or any other public space.
"Michelle and I grieve with the families in Uvalde, who are experiencing pain no one should have to bear.
"We’re also angry for them. Nearly ten years after Sandy Hook — and ten days after Buffalo — our country is paralyzed, not by fear, but by a gun lobby and a political party that have shown no willingness to act in any way that might help prevent these tragedies.
"It’s long past time for action, any kind of action. And it’s another tragedy — a quieter but no less tragic one — for families to wait another day.
"May God bless the memory of the victims, and in the words of Scripture, heal the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds."
(Photo by Stefani Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images)
Biden: ‘Why are we willing to live with this carnage?'
In a televised address to the nation on Tuesday evening, a distraught President Biden mourned the children who were killed in a mass shooting at an elementary school in Texas earlier in the day.
Biden spoke of the "hollowness" the families of the victims are feeling.
"So many crushed spirits," Biden said. "So tonight, I ask the nation to pray for them. Give the parents and siblings the strength int he darkness they feel right now."
Biden spoke of their loss in personal terms. His son Beau died in 2015 of complications from brain cancer. His first wife, Neilia, and daughter Naomi died in a car accident in 1972.
"Our prayer tonight is for those parents, lying in bed, trying to to figure out, 'Will I be able to sleep again?'" Biden said. "What do I say to my other children?"
In his remarks, the president then called on Congress to address gun violence.
"As a nation we have to ask when in god's name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby?" Biden said. "When in god's name are we going to do what we all know in our gut needs to be done."
Biden ran down the long list of U.S. school shootings that have happened since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in 2012.
"I am sick and tired of it," he said. "We have to act."
First victim identified by family
Eva Mireles, a fourth grade teacher at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, was killed in the mass shooting on Tuesday, her family said.
"I'm furious that these shootings continue," her aunt, Lydia Martinez Delgado, said in a statement to ABC News. "These children are innocent. Rifles should not be easily available to all. This is my hometown, a small community of less than 20,000. I never imagined this would happen to especially loved ones. ... All we can do is pray hard for our country, state, schools, and especially the families of all."
Warriors coach Kerr: 'When are we going to do something?'
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr gave an emotional plea for the Senate to take action on universal background checks hours after the shooting in Uvalde. Kerr and the Warriors are in Dallas for Tuesday night's playoff game against the Mavericks.
People react outside the reunification center where students had been transported after a mass shooting in Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday. (Marco Bello/Reuters)
Death toll rises
In a live interview with CNN, state Sen. Roland Gutierrez, D-Texas, said that he was informed by officials that 18 children and three adults were killed in Tuesday's shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde.
Earlier, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said that preliminary reports indicated 14 children and one teacher had been killed by an 18-year-old gunman.
The suspect, Abbott said, is deceased.
First responders arrive at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, following a mass shooting on Tuesday. (Dario Lopez-Mills/AP Photo)
Jill Biden: 'Stunned. Angry. Heartbroken'
First lady Jill Biden said in response to the mass shooting: "Lord, enough."
"Little children and their teacher," Biden, an educator herself, tweeted. "Stunned. Angry. Heartbroken."
Her tweet came less than an hour before President Biden was set to speak on the shooting that left at least 14 students and one teacher dead in Texas on Tuesday.
A police vehicle is seen parked near of a truck believed to belong to the suspect of a shooting at Robb Elementary School after a shooting, in Uvalde, Texas, U.S. May 24, 2022. (Marco Bello/Reuters)