New York, Hudson Valley Leaders React To Texas Tragedy
Leaders from New York State and the Hudson Valley are reacting to the shooting in Texas that killed at least 19 children.
At least 19 children were killed in the worst school shooting in the nation in almost a decade. Texas police say two teachers are also dead following the school shooting in South Texas on Tuesday.
Police report an 18-year-old fired into classrooms at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
The teen was reportedly wearing body armor and carrying a rifle when he opened fire into classrooms, killing mostly third and fourth graders. Police believe the teen gunned down his grandmother before entering the elementary school.
The 18-year-old was later killed by police killed.
Officials say the teen gunman bought two rifles on his 18th birthday, just a few days ago. He attended Uvalde High School and apparently quit his job at Wendy's about a month ago.
After undergoing surgery, a third teacher that was shot is expected to survive. Three students remain in the hospital.
Vice President Kamala Harris begged Congress to pass a stalled bill that would close a loophole that allows some gun sales to go through before a background check is finished.
President Joe Biden said he's "sick and tired" of these tragedies and believes "we have to act."
"These kinds of mass shootings rarely happen elsewhere in the world," President Biden stated. "Why are we willing to live with this carnage? Why do we keep letting this happen? Where in God’s name is our backbone to have the courage to deal with it? It’s time to turn this pain into action."
New York Leaders React To Texas Tragedy
Leaders from across New York State and the Hudson Valley reacted to the tragedy in Texas.
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