Texas Governor Greg Abbott told a press briefing that officials had “no meaningful forewarning” of the shooting that left 19 children and two teachers dead at Uvalde elementary school.
However, he revealed that the gunman said in seperate posts on Facebook thirty minutes before the rampage that he had “shot his grandmother,” and was going to “shoot up an elementary school.”
The gunman blocked the victims in a classroom at Robb Elementary School, authorities said on Wednesday. Police circled the school, smashing windows in an effort to get children and staff to safety, Texas Department of Public Safety spokesperson Chris Olivarez told broadcaster CNN.
Officers eventually breached the classroom, killing the gunman, identified as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos.
Debate on stricter gun control
The deadliest school shooting to take place in the United States in a decade reignited gun law debates.
It took place just days before the National Rifle Association was due to hold its annual meeting in Houston, Texas.
Several prominent Texas Republicans, including Abbott and Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, were scheduled to speak at the conference.
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