President Biden addresses the nation from the White House Tuesday night after Fr. the shooter killed at least 14 children and one teacher at an elementary school in Texas.
The president was informed of the shooting on his return from a trip to Asia, and ordered flags at the White House and all other federal buildings lowered.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said the shooter was also dead, and was allegedly killed by law enforcement officers who responded to the scene. A mass shooting took place at Robb Elementary School in Uwald, Texas, in the last school week of students before summer vacation. The school has 2, 3 and 4 classes.
White House spokeswoman Caryn Jean-Pierre said the president was “praying with the families affected by this horrific event” and he would continue to receive information about the situation.
CISD police chief Uwalde Pedro Aredondo said the shooting happened around 11:32 p.m.
Abbott said the suspect entered the school with a gun and possibly a rifle. At the moment the motivation of the shooter is unclear.
Arendonda said the investigation led authorities to believe the suspect acted alone.
Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz called Tuesday a “dark day.”
“We have seen too many of these shootings,” Cruz said in a statement. “Neither parent should suffer the pain of burying their child. We must unite as one nation and support Uwalde as they try to recover from this devastating loss.”