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The Texas town of Uvalde, with 19 children killed, plunged into a “nightmare”

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It feels like a black cloud hangs over the citytold AFP a resident, Adolfo Hernandez, whose nephew was in this establishment plunged into terror and chaos by an 18-year-old gunman, shot dead by the police.

Things like that never happen here. So when we hear something like this, we want to pinch ourselves and wake up from this horrible nightmare.he added, describing a city heartbroken, devastated.

The streets around the bereaved school were cordoned off on Wednesday by the police, who established a security perimeter. There was no car traffic, very few pedestrians and, apart from the presence of many media and dozens of police, a gloomy calm reigned, noted AFP journalists.

The day before, at midday, horror fell on this small town of 16,000 inhabitants when a gunman, identified as Salvador Ramos, 18, committed one of the worst killings in recent years in the United States.

The young man, who first targeted his grandmother, seriously injured and hospitalized, then went to Robb Primary School, near which he crashed his car.

Warned of the accident and the fact that he was armed, the security forces tried to prevent him from entering the school, but after an exchange of gunfire, he managed to barricade himself in a classroom, detailed Wednesday morning Chris Olivarez, spokesperson for the Texas police, on the CNN channel.

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It was there that he massacred 19 young students, aged ten at most, and 2 teachers, before being shot dead by the police.

It shows you how deeply cruel this shooter wassaid Chris Olivarez.

More than a dozen children were also injured, according to information sent by Texas hospitals, by the young man of American nationality who wore a paramilitary outfit.

He had recently bought himself two assault rifles and 375 cartridges, in several installments just after his 18th birthday, according to CNN quoting a local elected official.

A former friend, Santos Valdez, told the washington post that Salvador Ramos was bullied as a child because of a speech impediment, and that he once cut his face just for fun.

It only happens in this country

President Joe Biden, who was returning from a tour of Asia when the shooting occurred, delivered emotional remarks from the White House on Tuesday evening, calling for turn pain into action.

When, for God’s sake, are we going to face the gun lobby? »

A quote from Joe Biden, President of the United States

He said to himself sick and tired in the face of the litany of school shootings.

The Robb Elementary School neighborhood is inhabited by a modest middle class of Americans who live in small, simple, wooden, one-story houses with a small garden where you can sometimes see a swing or a barbecue. .

Robb School will remain closed until the summer holidays, by order of the school authorities.

More than 500 children, nearly 90 percent of whom are Hispanic, were studying there during the 2020-2021 school year, according to state data.

The city of Uvalde said it was collecting donations to help finance the medical expenses of the families of the victims.

American schools are regularly hit by these tragedies, such as that of Sandy Hook elementary school, which occurred in 2012 in Connecticut, where a 20-year-old mentally retarded man killed 26 people, including 20 children aged 6 to 7, before committing suicide.

It only happens in this country, and nowhere else. In no other country do children go to school thinking they might get shotthe Democratic senator of this state in the northeastern United States, Chris Murphy, was moved on Tuesday, who begged his elected colleagues to act.

America was also particularly marked by a shooting at a school in Parkland, Florida, which killed 17 people, the majority of them teenagers, in 2018.

This new killing is sure to reignite criticism of the proliferation of firearms in the United States, a debate that is almost empty given the absence of hope of a passage by Congress of an ambitious national law. On the question.

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