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'Our hearts are heavy,' Gov. Roy Cooper, other state lawmakers respond to deadly Texas elementary school shooting

“Our hearts are heavy for their loved ones and the community,” Gov. Roy Cooper said in part after the deadly shooting at Robb Elementary in Texas.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The death toll from the shooting at an Uvalde, Texas elementary school has risen to 19 children and three adults. 

The latest figures come from Travis Considine, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety. 

Uvalde officials said the shooting started at 11:32 a.m. Tuesday at a building at Robb Elementary that houses 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders. All campuses were placed under lockdown due to the gunfire.

Police said the 18-year-old alleged shooter was killed. 

Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a statement:

“Texans across the state are grieving for the victims of this senseless crime and for the community of Uvalde. 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. 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.”

North Carolina lawmakers are also responding to the deadly elementary school shooting. 

“It’s another sad day in our history and in our country when innocent children are gunned down. Our hearts and prayers...

Posted by Forsyth County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Forsyth County Sheriff Bobby Kimbrough, Jr. posted the following statement on Facebook:

“It’s another sad day in our history and in our country when innocent children are gunned down. Our hearts and prayers are with the families and the whole state of Texas. As they go through this tragic event, I would like to encourage all of us to take a moment of silence and many minutes of prayer. We must continue to be vigilant, and we must continue to stand together - not only is the future depending on us, but our children are. May God be with us.” Sheriff Bobby F. Kimbrough, Jr.

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