WASHINGTON, May 24 (KUNA) -- Up to 14 children and one teacher were killed Tuesday at an elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, the Governor of Texas Greg Abbott confirmed.
Abbot indicated during a news conference that the shooter, who is also deceased, was an 18-year-old male from Uvalde.
"It's believed that he abandoned his vehicle and entered into the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde with a handgun and he may have also had a rifle, but that is not yet confirmed according to my most recent report," he indicated.
He stressed "what happened in Uvalde is a horrific tragedy that cannot be tolerated in the state of Texas. There is swift action being taken by local law enforcement".
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre tweeted that President Joe Biden "has been briefed on the horrific news of the elementary school shooting in Texas and will continue to be briefed regularly as information becomes available".
"His prayers are with the families impacted by this awful event, and he will speak this evening when he arrives back at the White House," she added. (end)