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WATCH: 19 students, 2 adults killed in Texas primary school mass shooting, teenage gunman shot dead

Photo: Robb Elementary School.

Photo: Robb Elementary School.

Published May 25, 2022

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Cape Town - A total of 19 students and two adults were killed on Tuesday when a teenage gunman opened fire at an elementary school in Texas before the shooter was shot dead, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety confirmed on Tuesday.

According to CNN, At least 19 children and two adults were killed in a shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, Tuesday afternoon. Officials say that the suspect, an 18-year-old student at Uvalde High School has been killed.

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Investigators say the suspect was armed with a handgun, an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and high-capacity magazines, according to reports by BBC News.

The teenager is suspected of shooting his grandmother at the start of the rampage.

The Uvalde school shooter Salvador Ramos worked the day shift at a local Wendy’s, a manager at the restaurant told CNN.

According to the evening manager at Wendy's, Ramos "kept to himself mostly," said reports.

CNN reports that a former classmate of school shooter Salvador Ramos said the gunman texted him photos of a firearm he had and a bag full of ammunition days before the attack.

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In an emotional address following the school shooting incident in Texas, the US Vice President Kamala Harris condemned the attack on Wednesday while calling for "action and taking a stand", citing a report by Asian News International.

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"Enough is enough. As a nation, we have to have the courage to take action and have the courage to take a stand," she said, calling the attack a 'heartbreaking tragedy'.

Addressing a room full of American leaders, Harris urged everyone to understand the nexus between what makes for reasonable and sensible public policy to ensure something like this never happens again.

Texas has a bloody history when it comes to shooting sprees, in December 2019 a gunman opened fire during Sunday morning church service, killing two, before being killed by armed members of the congregation.

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In August of the same year, a deadly shooting inside a Walmart and its surrounding area took place. The shooter, 21-year-old Patrick Crusius, was arrested by the police. 23 others were injured.

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