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Texas shooting: Parents run toward school during shooter’s shooting spree

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Video footage shows parents frantically running to their children’s school in Uvalde, Texas, despite a gunman walking inside.

Salvador Ramos, 18, was wearing body armor as he shot down anyone who got in his way with an AR-15 assault rifle yesterday afternoon.

The teenage gunman killed at least 19 children and two teachers before being shot dead by police. Children killed at Robb Elementary School ranged in age from seven to ten years old.

A video posted on Snapchat that quickly went viral on social media showed parents panicking as they headed to school. A caption with a heartbroken emoji reads, “Children run out of classrooms.”

Yesterday’s attack was the deadliest shooting at a US elementary school since a gunman killed 10 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012.

A decade later, the prospects for US gun control reform seem just as distant.

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Jintak Han/ZUMA Press Wire/REX/Shutterstock (12956152f) Three women await news of missing relatives from the slaughter at their local elementary school. Woman upset when another woman comforts her. The family are inside the temporary command center at the SSGT Willie de Leon Civic Center, weeping as news of one or more missing relatives arrive in the massacre at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas Tuesday. Among the dead were 19 students and two adults. It was the deadliest school shooting since the 2012 massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. School Shooting Texas 22 dead, 19 children, 2 teachers, Teen Shooter, Uvalde, USA - May 24, 2022

Three women anxiously await news of their missing relatives following the shooting (Image: ZUMA/REX/Shutterstock)

Police walk by following a shooting Tuesday, May 24, 2022 near Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

Armed police were called after gunman Salvador Ramos crashed his car nearby and started his killing spree (Image: AP)

PICTURED: Eliahana Torres - KILLED after the Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde, Texas on May 24, 2022 that killed 18 children and three adults / Eliahana Torres aka Elijah Cruz Torres

Eliahana Torres, also known as Elijah Cruz Torres, was killed in the attack (Image: Twitter)

Hours after the attack on Robb Elementary School, families were still waiting for news of their children.

Outside the city’s civic center, where families waited, the silence was repeatedly broken by screams and wails. A man yelled, “No! Please do not!’ as he hugged another man.

“My heart is broken today,” said Hal Harrell, the school district superintendent. “We are a small church and we need your prayers to get through this.”

Adolfo Cruz, a 69-year-old air conditioning repairman, was still outside the school as the sun went down looking for information about his 10-year-old great-granddaughter, Eliajha Cruz Torres.

He drove to the scene after receiving a startling phone call from his daughter shortly after the first reports of the shooting.

He said other relatives were at the hospital and the civic center and waiting for an update had been the most tense moment of his life.

The attack came just 10 days after a deadly, racist killing spree at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, that contributed to a years-long string of mass killings in churches, schools and businesses.

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CORRECTS SPELLING OF GARCIA-SILLER INSTEAD OF GARCIA SELLER -- San Antonio Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller comforts families outside the Civic Center following a fatal school shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, Tuesday, May 24, 2022. ( AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

Archbishop of San Antonio Gustavo Garcia-Siller comforts families outside the civic center (Image: AP)

People exit the Uvalde Civic Center after a shooting earlier in the day at Robb Elementary School, Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. (William Luther/The San Antonio Express-News via AP)

At least 19 children and two adults were killed in yesterday’s massacre (Image: AP)

PICTURED: Eva Mireles has been identified as the teacher killed in the #Uvalde Texas school shooting this afternoon. She was a 4th grade teacher at Robb Elementary. Subject: 10850557 - NEWS - Texas gunman, 18, shoots dead 14 elementary school kids, a teacher and seriously injures 13 after barricading inside building during shootout with Border Patrol: Gunman also shot his grandmother before police found him killed

Fourth grade teacher Eva Mireles has been identified as one of the adult victims (Image: Twitter)

President Joe Biden appeared ready for a fight, calling for new gun restrictions hours after the attack in an address to the nation.

“As a nation, we have to ask ourselves, when in God’s name are we going to take a stand against the gun lobby?” he said.

“When in God’s name are we going to do what needs to be done? Why are we willing to live with this carnage?’

The attack came as Robb Elementary counted down to the closing days of the school year with a series of themed days. Tuesday was supposed to be “Footloose and Fancy” with students wearing beautiful outfits.

Before going to school, Ramos shot his own grandmother and left her in critical condition. He then crashed his car near the school and continued shooting “kids, teachers, whoever was in his way,” officials said.

Ramos told a woman on Instagram, “I have a little secret I want to tell you,” just hours before he launched his killing spree around 11:30 a.m. local time.

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Shooter named by the Governor of Texas as SALVADOR RAMOS, 18. TAGS: UVALDE SHOOTER , Robb Elementary , Texas

The motive behind Ramos’ attack is still unclear (Image: ABC News)

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Jintak Han/ZUMA Press Wire/REX/Shutterstock (12956152a) Woman holding head while another comforts her. A family at the temporary command center at the SSGT Willie de Leon Civic Center weeps as they await news of a missing relative in the massacre at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas Tuesday. Among the dead were 19 students and two adults. It was the deadliest school shooting since the 2012 massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. School Shooting Texas 22 dead, 19 children, 2 teachers, Teen Shooter, Uvalde, USA - May 24, 2022

Families mourn as more and more victims’ names are confirmed (Image: REX/Shutterstock)

PICTURED: Uziyah Garcia - Victim of Uvalde Texas Robb Elementary School shooting on May 24, 2022 / PICTURED: Fourth grade teacher killed and girl, 10, following the Texas elementary school massacre in which 18 students and three adults Annabelle Guadalupe Rodriguez killed, missing and feared dead The father said the 10-year-old is missing after the Robb Elementary School shooting. The father told Fox News that he provided the Texas Rangers with her photo for identification. Eva Mireles, 44, a fourth grade special education teacher, was also killed in the massacre. Eighteen students and one teacher were shot dead

Uziyah Garcia was just a month away from his tenth birthday (Picture: Facebook)

State Senator Roland Gutierrez said the shooter “suggested that the kids be careful” on social media. He said that the first thing Ramos did on his 18th birthday was buy two offensive weapons.

Investigators believe Ramos posted photos on Instagram of two guns he used in the shooting. Two local police officers were shot dead after exchanging gunfire with the gunman. It is unclear how long it took authorities to arrive at the scene.

A Border Patrol officer working nearby when the shooting began burst into the school without waiting for reinforcements and shot the gunman dead.

The agent suffered minor injuries but was able to leave the school, a police officer said.

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