The total number of people killed throughout the recent school tragedy that took place in Texas this past Tuesday has continued to go up throughout the night as the previously concluded number of 15 fatalities has gone up to 20 as of writing.
The event took place when Robb Elementary School was taken by surprise when an 18-year-old-male rushed into the building and opened fire on the students.
Texas State Senator Roland Gutierrez (D) stated to CNN that he was told by officials within Texas law enforcement that 18 children and three adults had been killed in the assault.
#BREAKING: Texas State Senator Roland Gutierrez (D) -- who represents Uvalde, Texas where the elementary school shooting took place -- says on CNN that the death toll is now *21* people, including 18 children. pic.twitter.com/0eF5PXhJMx
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At almost the exact moment the news of the incident broke, the Democrats made sure not to let a good tragedy go unused as some started sounding the call for more gun control laws, while others attempted to use the horrible situation as a political weapon to attack Republicans with.
The tragedy took place in Uvalde, which is a city that sits about 85 miles directly to the west of San Antonio and sports a population of about 16,000 people.
"Texans across the state are grieving for the victims of this senseless crime and for the community of Uvalde," exclaimed Texas Governor Greg Abbott. "Cecilia and I mourn this horrific loss and we urge all Texans to come together to show our unwavering support to all who are suffering."
"We thank the courageous first responders who worked to finally secure Robb Elementary School," he went on. "I have instructed the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Rangers to work with local law enforcement to fully investigate this crime. The Texas Division of Emergency Management is charged with providing local officials all resources necessary to respond to this tragedy as the State of Texas works to ensure the community has what it needs to heal."
As the current representative of the district in which this horrible tragedy took place, Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-TX) issued a public response by stating that he was entirely "heartbroken" by the events of the day.
"It is devastating when our innocent children become the victims of senseless violence. We are devastated," he stated in his released response. "While we monitor this situation, we remember that Uvalde, while rocked by today’s events, is strong and resilient. In this time of trepidation, our office is always here to do whatever we can to help. We are family and we will continue to be here for each other."