Gunman posted Facebook warning about Texas school attack

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Gunman posted Facebook warning about Texas school attack

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, reported DW, quoting news agencies Reuters, AFP and AP.

However, he revealed that the gunman said in separate posts on Facebook 30 minutes before the rampage that he had "shot his grandmother," and was going to "shoot up an elementary school."

At one point during the briefing, the Republican governor was heckled over his gun control stance by a rival Democrat.

Beto O'Rourke, who sought the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020 and is now challenging Abbott for his job in upcoming elections, shouted: "You are doing nothing, you are offering us nothing."

"You said this is not predictable. This is totally predictable," O'Rourke added.

A voice from the podium with Abbott yelled in response: "Sir, you are out of line" and referred to O'Rourke with an expletive.

O'Rourke responded as he was being shepherded out, turned around, and pointed his finger saying: "This is on you until you choose to do something different. This will continue to happen. Somebody needs to stand up for the children of this state or they will continue to be killed just like they were killed in Uvalde yesterday."

What were the circumstances surrounding the shooting?

The gunman used an AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle in the bloodshed and 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 US broadcaster CNN.

Officers eventually breached the classroom, killing the gunman, who was shortly after identified as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos.

Investigators have yet to shed any light on the motive for the attack, which also left 17 people wounded.

Governor Abbott said Ramos, a resident of the small town some 85 miles (135 kilometers) away from San Antonio, had no known criminal history.

Debate on stricter gun control

The deadliest school shooting to take place in the United States in a decade reignited has 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.

Gunman posted Facebook warning about Texas school attack

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