Uvalde police officials said Thursday night that two children were shot and wounded in a park and were being treated in San Antonio — renewing fears of gun violence in a city still reeling from the May 24 Robb Elementary shooting that left 19 fourth graders and their two teachers dead.
Texas Department of Public Safety officials said that the shooting is suspected to be gang related. The names and ages of the victims were not released.
Uvalde police asked anyone with information to call 830-278-9147.
Gov. Greg Abbott said Thursday evening he was dispatching six additional state trooper units to Uvalde to coordinate anti-gang efforts with city authorities. Additionally, the DPS is deploying special agents to target the five gangs operating in Uvalde.
“I was outraged to learn that gang violence has endangered the Uvalde community and innocent Texans this evening,” Abbott said in a statement. “Gang violence has no place here in Texas, and we will bring the full force of justice down on these heinous criminals.”
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke responded to the news Thursday night on Twitter, saying, “We don’t have to accept this as our reality. The 21 families in Uvalde have told us how to reduce gun violence, but we need a governor who will follow their lead.”
O’Rourke has joined Uvalde families is calling for raising the minimum age to buy an assault-style rifle from 18 to 21. Abbott said recently that doing so would be unconstitutional.
On Friday morning, O’Rourke also tweeted, “First, law enforcement told Abbott that his extreme idea to allow people to carry loaded guns in public without a background check, training, or permit would make us LESS safe. Then, he ignored them and made it law. Now, we’re less safe as mass shootings in Texas are up by 62%.”