MILWAUKEE — A gunman killed 19 children and two adults at a Texas elementary school on Tuesday, according to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.
Police said the gunman, an 18-year-old man, was killed at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, which is about 85 miles west of San Antonio.
Abbott said the gunman shot his grandmother before going into the school. Abbott added that the shooter had a handgun and that it was possible he had a rifle. It's believed the gunman acted alone.
The governor said the shooter was a student at Uvalde High School and a U.S. citizen.
Wisconsin leaders immediately began to react the tragic news on Tuesday.
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers
"Fifteen lives were taken today. Our hearts are broken by the maddening and horrific act of gun violence in Uvalde. Kathy and I are praying for the parents and families, educators and classmates, and an entire community that has been shattered by a merciless act of gun violence," Gov. Evers tweeted. "We cannot accept that gun violence just happens. We cannot accept that kids might go to school and never come home. We cannot accept the outright refusal of elected officials to act. Enough has been enough for too damn long already."
The governor also issued a video statement on Wednesday [click here to view]:
Today, I’m speaking to you not as an elected official, but as a dad of three kids and a grandfather of nine. I’m speaking to you today as a former teacher. I’m speaking to you today as an American.— Governor Tony Evers (@GovEvers) May 25, 2022
Here's my full message responding to the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/Jq90EwqRL7
Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson
"Schools ought to be our safest places. I am shocked and saddened My thoughts are with the parents and the community of Uvalde, Texas."
Schools ought to be our safest places. I am shocked and saddened My thoughts are with the parents and the community of Uvalde, Texas.— Mayor Cavalier Johnson (@MayorOfMKE) May 24, 2022
From all of the members of the Milwaukee Common Council:
"It is hard to put into words our thoughts and feelings about the tragedy that happened yesterday at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. 19 children and two teachers lost their lives at the hands of a gunman who entered the school and opened fire. These are children whose lives were cut short while they were supposed to be safe and secure at school.
We cannot imagine the amount of grief, trauma and sadness the parents of these children and the community of Uvalde are going through right now, but collectively we send our thoughts, prayers and well wishes to everyone impacted.
If ever there was a time to act on the topic of gun reform, it is now. Every parent deserves to see their child come home from school at the end of the day, and no child should feel as if their school is not a place of safety and trust.
The sad truth is that mass shootings have become far too commonplace in our country, and we must not allow ourselves to consider them inevitable. While the Second Amendment supports the right to bear arms, we must also acknowledge that the context of 1787 is vastly different than that of today. There are ways in which legislators at the State and Federal levels can enact policies that would make our communities safer for those who own guns and those who do not without completely stripping away the Second Amendment.
As a society we must come together and say enough is enough and push for the change we want to see to prevent unnecessary loss of life. Our children and families deserve as much."
Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Keith P. Posley
“Right now, my thoughts and prayers are with the community of Uvalde, Texas, and everyone impacted by this morning’s unfortunate events. I am especially hurt that an elementary school was the site of this tragedy. These incidents have become far too commonplace, and my hope is that we find a solution that ends senseless gun violence of all forms. Milwaukee Public Schools will ensure that anyone impacted throughout our district will receive the support they need to help cope with today’s events.”
Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin
"My heart breaks, again. A mass shooting at a school, again. More lives lost to gun violence, again. How many more times will we say again...and accept doing nothing? We have got to step up, take on this public health crisis, and start saving lives."
My heart breaks, again. A mass shooting at a school, again. More lives lost to gun violence, again. How many more times will we say again...and accept doing nothing? We have got to step up, take on this public health crisis, and start saving lives.— Sen. Tammy Baldwin (@SenatorBaldwin) May 24, 2022
Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson
"There are no adequate words to express the horror at Robb Elementary," Johnson tweeted along with a video. "My sincere condolences to these families. Something this horrific, children being slaughtered in their school, it does not get worse than this."
Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes
"My heart is breaking for Texas," Barnes tweeted. "No one should be afraid to send their kids to school. No one should be afraid to go to work. This is devastating and it shouldn't take loss like this to pass common sense gun legislation. This shouldn't have happened in the first place."
Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul
"The loss of lives to a mass shooting today at an elementary school in Texas is absolutely heartbreaking. My thoughts are with the families who must face unspeakable pain and anguish after this senseless tragedy," Kaul tweeted. "We know what can make these horrific incidents less likely to happen. We must not only hope but demand that this time will be different. We need to do more to keep our kids safe from gun violence."
The loss of lives to a mass shooting today at an elementary school in Texas is absolutely heartbreaking. My thoughts are with the families who must face unspeakable pain and anguish after this senseless tragedy.— Attorney General Josh Kaul (@WisDOJ) May 24, 2022
Rep. Gwen Moore
"Innocent children. A teacher," Moore tweeted. "I am so heartbroken to hear of the tragedy in Uvalde, Texas. My heart is with the families of the victims and the entire Uvalde community."
Wisconsin State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski
"The horrific news out of Texas is every parent’s worst nightmare," Godlewski tweeted. "Our kids should be able to go to school without the fear of being gunned down, but Washington has failed to protect them from gun violence at every turn. Enough. For the sake of our children, we need action."
U.S. Senate Candidate Tom Nelson
“Freedom is not worrying about whether or not your children make it through the school day alive or not. This madness must end. From Texas to New York City to Laguna Woods to Buffalo, mass shootings have shocked the conscience of this nation over recent weeks. We must enact serious gun violence legislation that gets at the heart of this epidemic so we no longer have to live in constant fear of the next tragedy. It begins by dismantling the NRA and defeating politicians like Ron Johnson who empower them.”
Milwaukee County Chief Health Policy Advisor Ben Weston
"Heartbroken, frustrated, angry. Gun control is public health. We can and must do better," Weston tweeted.
Heartbroken, frustrated, angry.— Ben Weston MD MPH 😷 💉 (@BenWWeston) May 25, 2022
Gun control is public health.
We can and must do better. #ThisIsOurLane
This is your lane too.
This is a developing story and will be updated.