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A teenage gunman yesterday shot and killed at least 19 children and two adults after storming into a Texas Elementary school which is the latest case of gun-fueled mass murder in the United States of America and the nation’s worst school shooting in nearly a decade.

The 18-year-old suspect, who was later killed by the Police, also had shot his own grandmother shortly before fleeing from the scene, then crashing his getaway car.

He later launched a bloody rampage at Robb Elementary School in the town of Uvalde, Texas, which is located about 130km West of San Antonio, and the motive of the motive was not immediately clear.

Texas Department of Public Safety Sergeant Erick Estrada said that law enforcement officers saw the gunman, clad in body armor, emerge from his crashed vehicle carrying a rifle and engaged the suspect, who nevertheless managed to charge into the school and open fire.

Speaking from the White House hours later, a visibly shaken US President Joe Biden urged Americans to stand up to the politically powerful US gun lobby, which he blamed for blocking enactment of tougher “common-sense” firearms safety laws and he ordered flags flown at half-staff daily until sunset on Saturday in observance of the tragedy.

Governor Greg Abbott said that the suspect, identified as Salvador Ramos, was apparently killed by Police officers, and that two officers were struck by gunfire, though the governor said their injuries were not serious.

The State Attorney general’s has issued an official statement indicating that the total death at 18 children and two adults, including the gunman.

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