President Joe Biden is praying for those affected by the elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, according to the White House, and has issued a proclamation honoring the victims.
Biden was briefed en route to Washington after wrapping up his first trip to Asia, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said. She described the news as "horrific," adding the president would continue to be updated.
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"His prayers are with the families impacted by this awful event, and he will speak this evening when he arrives back at the White House," she said.
His prayers are with the families impacted by this awful event, and he will speak this evening when he arrives back at the White House.— Karine Jean-Pierre (@PressSec) May 24, 2022
Biden soon after issued a proclamation as "a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence" and ordered flags to be flown at half-staff at federal properties until May 28.
Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and local law enforcement have told reporters that 14 children aged from grades 2 through 4 and a teacher were killed Tuesday morning local time at Robb Elementary School. The shooter, an 18-year-old armed with at least one handgun, is also dead, as is his grandmother. Two police officers were injured after they responded to the call for help.
Biden spoke to Abbott aboard Air Force One and pledged to deliver whatever assistance he needed, according to the White House.
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The shooting comes one week after another mass incident in Buffalo, New York. There, 10 black shoppers were killed during what is being investigated as a hate crime.