So far, this is what we know about the shooting at a school in Uvalde, Texas.
A single gunman killed at least 21 people at an elementary school in the small Texas town of Uvalde. There were at least 19 students and two adults among the dead.
Law enforcement officials say that the gunman was killed by the police.
The school’s calendar said that May 26 was the last day of school, so the attack at Robb Elementary happened just two days before summer break. Students in grades 2 through 4 went to the school, and there were about 600 of them.
Here’s what we know more about.
The U.S. Census says that about 16,000 people live in Uvalde, Texas, and that most of them are Hispanic. About 85 miles to the west is where the town is.
The editor-in-chief of the nearby San Antonio Express-News, Marc Duvoisin, told NPR that it’s the kind of place where “connections are thick,” and no one would have expected a mass shooting at a local school.
People also know Uvalde as the place where Matthew McConaughey, who won an Oscar, grew up.
The person who shot was from Uvalde.
The 18-year-old gunman went to Uvalde High School, which was supposed to have its graduation this Friday. Police said he did it on his own.
After hearing from the Texas Rangers, State Sen. Roland Gutierrez told CNN on Tuesday night that the shooter bought at least two assault rifles soon after he turned 18.
During his interview, Gutierrez said, “He had no trouble getting to those weapons.”
During a press conference, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said that he thinks the shooter left his car and went into the school with a gun.
He also said that the suspect shot his grandmother before he went to Robb Elementary.
The school shooter was killed by a Border Patrol agent.
After fighting with the gunman, local police asked for help. A Border Patrol source said that when a Border Patrol tactical unit got to the scene, one of its agents shot and killed the suspect.
The school year is over, and other plans have been put on hold.
Superintendent Hal Harrell of the Uvalde Consolidated School District said that the high school graduation has been put off for now. Tuesday, he spoke at a second press conference.
After the shooting, Harrell made it clear that the school year is over and that all other events are off.
Harrell said that starting Wednesday morning, students and their families will be able to get help with their grief at the local civic centre.
The hospitals in the area respond and ask for blood donors.
After the shooting at Robb, Uvalde Memorial Hospital took in 14 people. Eleven of them were children. Tom Nordwick, the CEO of the hospital, said that two of the children who were brought there were already dead.
Nordwick said that some of the people had to be taken to trauma centres in San Antonio for more care.
Early Tuesday evening, local hospitals and other groups put out a call for blood donors to help with the tragedy.
Tweeted by University Health in San Antonio, “If you want to do something to help, please think about giving blood. Your donation can help make sure that the victims of this terrible shooting can get help right away.”
The hospital said that their donor room is open all week long.
The Herby Ham Community Center also said it would hold a blood drive on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., local time.
Biden and other politicians answer
After hearing about the tragedy, Biden told the White House and other government buildings to fly their flags at half-staff.
Sen. Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut, went to the Senate floor a few hours after the shooting happened to talk about it. In 2012, 26 people, mostly six and seven year olds, were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., which is in Murphy’s home state.
After what happened, Murphy has been very vocal about wanting to change the laws about guns.
Murphy pleaded with, “What’s going on? We have another Sandy Hook on our hands, just days after a shooter went into a grocery store and killed African American customers. What’s going on?”
He begged his colleagues to pass gun control laws right away.