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Jordan Vonderhaar/Getty ImagesTuesday, May 24, in Uvalde, Texas, a young man killed 21 people, including 19 elementary school students. An umpteenth drama that has reignited the debate on firearms in the United States.UNITED STATES – The umpteenth drama of an endless litany. Tuesday, March 24, in Uvalde, Texas, a young man committed another mass shooting in a school environment. At Robb Elementary School, Salvador Ramos killed 21 people, including 19 students in their 10s, before being shot dead by law enforcement. A massacre that caused a stir in the United States, starting with the emotion of President Joe Biden, who promised to “turn pain into action” by finally attacking the very powerful firearms lobby. The HuffPost summarizes for you, in the aftermath of this tragedy, what we know about it. The author: Salvador Ramos18-year-old Salvador Ramos was wearing at least a rifle and military attire when he attacked the elementary school in Uvalde, located about 100 kilometers from the Mexican border and frequented by 90% by Hispanic students. A little earlier, several American media report that he had opened fire against his grandmother, who lived with his grandparents. She was seriously injured and had to be airlifted to be taken care of by the emergency services. The young man, born in North Dakota according to local senator Roland Gutierrez, had been educated in high school in Uvalde. Still according to the chosen one, he had taken advantage of celebrating his 18th birthday to legally acquire two AR-15 type assault rifles, already unfortunately famous for having been frequently used in dramas of this kind. Jordan Vonderhaar/Getty ImagesPolice quickly identified the perpetrator of the Uvalde shooting as Salvador Ramos, an 18-year-old who also opened fire on his grandmother before going to Robb Elementary School where he committed his massacre (photo taken in front of his home). On the other hand, the first reports of the authorities do not make it possible to know the motivations of the shooter, beyond a “domestic incident” at his grandparents who could have triggered his murderous desires. “It’s just an evil being who shot children for no reason,” described a police spokesperson. “We are working to find out if this school was a defined target”, added the spokesperson, specifying that on the morning of this Wednesday 25 (at midday French time), “no friend, no girlfriend, no gang affiliation” had not yet been discovered to establish a profile. What happened The shooter killed his victims “in an atrocious and senseless way”. Here’s what Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott said after Salvador Ramos was shot. It was already the 27th school shooting since January 1. After setting fire to the home of his grandparents, on the run, Salvador Ramos drove his vehicle into a ditch not far from the Uvalde school. There, he immediately faced the presence of members of the police force, described a spokesman for the authorities of Texas on CBS. “While he was trying to enter the school, we received the first alerts from the local police,” he said. Very quickly, the municipal police of Uvalde, the security officers of the school and the Texan patrol officers heard shots, the young man entering the establishment by firing at the gate. At the Washington Post, official sources explain that two local police officers and a school security guard fired at the young man without managing to prevent him from entering. “At that time, several officers were hit by bullets,” the spokesperson still reports. Cornered by the rapid arrival of the police, Salvador Ramos then barricaded himself in a classroom where he then shot at the students and the two teachers who were there. At the same time, then in too few numbers to launch the assault on the classroom, the police endeavored to secure the other occupants of the building, in particular thanks to the help of teachers who smashed the windows of the classrooms to allow their students to take shelter. After a few minutes, a response team made up of different troops (local, State of Texas and federal) finally arrived on the scene and were able to break down the barricade. At least one police officer was injured by gunfire, but these forces then managed to neutralize the shooter. The victims: 21 dead including 19 studentsThey were called Xavier, Uziyah, Nevaeh or Rogelio. In his attack, Salvador Ramos killed 21 people: 19 students in their 10s who were all in the same class according to Texas officials, and two teachers, Irma Garcia and Eva Mireles, who were trying to protect the children. According to the Texas hospitals where the injured were distributed, a dozen children were also injured. Jordan Vonderhaar / Getty ImagesAfter the shooting perpetrated by Salvador Ramos at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, residents, parents of students and children attending the establishment gathered near the scene of the tragedy. A carnage that traumatized the community in this small town of 16,000 inhabitants, west of San Antonio. Immediately after the events, rallies in tribute to the victims took place near the school, and this Wednesday, it is the dejection which reigned on the spot, the journalists and the investigators being the only ones to disturb the gloomy atmosphere . The elementary school must now remain closed until the summer holidays, by order of the school authorities. Huge emotion and shared anger “When for God’s sake are we going to face the gun lobby?” This sentence was not pronounced by a parent of a student or a teacher who survived this new mass killing in the school environment, but by Joe Biden, the President of the United States in person. A head of state who said he was “disgusted and tired” in the face of the series of tragedies. And to promise: “It is time to turn pain into action.” An emotion shared around the world, from Pope Francis to Barack Obama via Volodymyr Zelensky or Emmanuel Macron. France shares the “shock and pain of the American people” as well as the “anger” of those who oppose the proliferation of firearms in the United States, said the French president in particular in a tweet. In the United States, it is mostly celebrities who have made their voices heard, advocating for a stricter restriction against firearms. Among them, former NBA champion basketball player and current Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr made a strong three-minute plea at a press conference, recalling the recent racist shooting in Buffalo, where a supermarket frequented by the African American community had been targeted, or the attack on a Korean community church in California. “When are we going to do something?”@warriors coach Steve Kerr gives a passionate plea for gun control after the fatal shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas— Bloomberg Quicktake (@Quicktake) May 25, 2022Like him, actor Matthew McConaughey, a native of Uvalde, basketball player LeBron James or singer Taylor Swift have all had very virulent reactions to the lack of legislation to avoid such killings. See also on HuffPost: After the Texas massacre, Joe Biden shares his grief and his experience as a bereaved father


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