Dunblane massacre survivor Andy Murray brands latest American school shooting ‘f***ing madness’ as stars renew calls for gun control in the US
- Salvador Roma, 18, opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, killing 15 including 14 children
- It was the deadliest shooting at a US grade school since the shocking attack at Sandy Hook Elementary
- Tennis star and Dunblane school shooting survivor Andy Murray described the shooting as ‘f***ing madness’
- His enraged tweet was followed by a slew of posts from various UK celebs voicing concern at US gun control
- Officials have not revealed a motive for the shooting, but said the gunman was a resident of the community
- Murray was just nine years old when a shooter burst into his school gym hall and killed 16 pupils and a teacher
Tennis star and Dunblane school shooting survivor Andy Murray has branded the massacre of 14 children and a teacher in Texas tonight as ‘f***ing madness’.
Salvador Roma, an 18-year-old high school student in Uvalde, Texas, opened fire at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon killing 14 children and a teacher and injuring others, state governor Greg Abbott said.
It was the deadliest shooting at a US grade school since the shocking attack at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, almost a decade ago.
Murray, who was just nine-years-old when killer Thomas Hamilton burst into his primary school gym hall and gunned down 16 pupils and a teacher with four handguns in 1996, was among a slew of UK celebrities to publicly condemn the incident.
‘F***ing madness,’ Murray tweeted shortly after news of the shooting broke on social media, in a post which has since been deleted.
His outburst was quickly followed by a storm of tweets from British celebs speaking out against the lack of gun control in the US.
Gary Lineker posted: Seems America’s gun laws are more important to them than the lives of their schoolchildren. Utterly bizarre,’ while Piers Morgan tweeted: ‘Absolutely horrendous. I don’t know what else to say about these endless US gun massacres – it’s for Americans to resolve but where is the will?
‘Nothing was done after Sandy Hook to stop another school massacre like that happening again. It’s now happened again. Schoolchildren being slaughtered in their classrooms should not be a political issue. Please, America, stop the partisan bullsh*t and do something to stop it.’
Salvador Roma, an 18-year-old high school student in Uvalde, Texas, opened fire at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon killing 14 children and a teacher and injuring others, state governor Greg Abbott said
One video at the scene appears to show the suspected gunman, named by Governor Greg Abbott as Salvador Ramos, approach the school while what sounds like gunfire is going off in the background
An officer walks outside of Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, following a deadly school shooting on May 24, 2022
New video from the chaotic scene shows police arriving to the scene with their guns in hand
Tennis star Andy Murray (pictured at Dunblane Primary School) was just nine-years-old when killer Thomas Hamilton burst into the school’s gymnasium and blasted several kids and a teacher
The teenage gunman entered Robb Elementary School in Uvalde with a handgun and possibly a rifle, Mr Abbott said.
Officials have not revealed a motive for the shooting, but said the gunman was a resident of the community, which is about 85 miles west of San Antonio.
Mr Abbott said the gunman was likely to have been killed by responding officers but that the events were still being investigated.
Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District chief of police Pete Arredondo said at a news conference that the gunman acted alone.
It was the deadliest school shooting in Texas history.
It occurred four years after a gunman fatally shot 10 people at Santa Fe High School in the Houston area and less than two weeks after a gunman opened fire at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, killing 10 black shoppers and workers in what officials have described as a hate crime.
‘He shot and killed, horrifically, incomprehensibly, 14 students and killed a teacher,’ said the governor, adding that two officers were shot and wounded but were expected to survive.
It was not immediately clear how many people, in addition to the dead, were wounded, but Mr Arredondo said there were ‘several injuries’.
Robb Elementary School has an enrolment of just under 600 students and Mr Arredondo said it serves students in the second, third and fourth grade.
He did not provide ages of the children who were shot.
Yet more British celebs piled in on social media as the details of the shooting emerged.
TV presenter Richard Bacon said: ‘Last year Republicans in Texas passed a law that meant anyone over 21 can buy a gun without a license, a test or a background check. And they are the same people banning abortion without exception in all circumstances – it’s so f***ing stupid.’
Fellow presenter Kirstie Allsopp declared the high numbers of school shootings in the US was down to the sheer quantity of guns, rather than loose regulations.
‘How many American kids have to die before this stops? How many lives shattered & futures destroyed? It doesn’t happen in other countries because we don’t hand guns out like candy. Look at the figures on school shootings in Europe or Asia, it’s the guns stupid,’ she tweeted.
Former BBC North American Editor Jon Sopel wrote: ‘So bloody awful, but here we go again. And almost exactly a year since Governor Greg Abbott liberalised gun laws in #Texas still further…
‘And before anyone wastes their breath saying ”surely this time something has to change,” remember Sandy Hook. Twenty children aged between 6 and 7 year were killed then, along with 6 teachers…and nothing changed.’
Greg Abbott, the governor of Texas, is seen on Tuesday addressing the mass shooting at the school in Uvalde
A woman cries while speaking on the phone outside the Ssgt Willie de Leon Civic Center, where students had been transported from Robb Elementary School to be picked up following the shooting
Yet more British celebs piled in on social media as the details of the shooting emerged
Salvador Ramos, 18, from Uvalde, Texas, drove to the Robb Elementary School in his hometown after shooting his grandmother
Ramos shared photos on social media of guns. His account was taken down shortly after Governor Greg Abbott confirmed his name
Prominent US celebs also voiced their concern on social media, with basketball superstar LeBron James, Captain America actor Chris Evans chiming in with angry messages.
Gun sense activist Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter was killed in a previous school shooting, also weighed in.
A heavy police presence surrounded the school on Tuesday afternoon, with officers in heavy vests diverting traffic and FBI agents coming and going from the building.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said President Joe Biden has been briefed on the school shooting on Air Force One as he returns from a five-day trip to Asia and would continue to receive updates.
Ms Jean-Pierre said Mr Biden will deliver remarks on Tuesday evening at the White House.
Uvalde is home to about 16,000 people and is the seat of government for Uvalde County.
The town is about 75 miles from the border with Mexico.
Robb Elementary is in a mostly residential neighbourhood of modest homes.
A Border Patrol agent who was among the first law enforcement officers on the scene was shot and wounded by the gunman.
The agent is in hospital in good condition, according to a federal law enforcement official who spoke to the Associated Press.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said President Joe Biden has been briefed on the school shooting on Air Force One as he returns from a five-day trip to Asia and would continue to receive updates
Gun sense activist Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter was killed in the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, described himself as ‘speechless’ following the Uvalde shooting
Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy made an impassioned plea to the Senate to enact gun reform in the wake of the shooting, ten years after the Sandy Hook massacre which happened in his district.
Murphy was the Democratic Congressman for Connecticut’s fifth district – which took in the school – when gunman Adam Lanza opened fire in December 2012.
He made a desperate plea to Republicans on Tuesday to pass laws that would put an end to such atrocities.
‘Fourteen kids dead in an elementary school in Texas right now. What are we doing? What are we doing? Just days after a shooter walked into a grocery store to gun down African American patrons, we have another Sandy Hook on our hands. What are we doing?!
‘As the kids run for their lives, we doing nothing. What are we doing? Why are you here if not to solve a problem as existential as this? This isn’t inevitable. These kids weren’t unlucky. This only happens in this country and nowhere else,’ he said.
He went on: ‘I am here on this floor to beg. To literally get down on my hands and knees and beg my colleagues: find a path forward here. Pass laws that make this less likely.’
Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy made an impassioned plea to Congress to enact gun reform on Tuesday in the wake of the Uvalde elementary school shooting, ten years after the Sandy Hook massacre which happened in his district
The tragedy in Uvalde added to a grim tally of mass shootings in Texas that have been among the deadliest in the US over the past five years.
One year before the Santa Fe school shooting in 2018, a gunman at a Texas church killed more than two dozen people during a Sunday service in the small town of Sutherland Springs.
In 2019, another gunman at a Walmart in El Paso killed 23 people in a racist attack.
The shooting came days before the National Rifle Association (NRA) annual convention was set to begin in Houston.
Mr Abbott and both of Texas’ US senators were among elected Republican officials who were the scheduled speakers at a Friday leadership forum sponsored by the NRA’s lobbying arm.
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