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Governor Abbott gives press conference on Robb elementary school shooting and says victims’ families need “love” and “edification.”

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott held a news conference Tuesday afternoon to provide updates on the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Ulvade.

“The reality is, as horrific as it happened, it could have been worse. The reason it wasn’t worse is because law enforcement officers did what they do. They showed amazing courage in running for shots to try and save lives, and it is a fact that they were able to save lives because they were quick on the spot, able to react to the shooter and eliminate the shooter, unfortunately not enough,” the governor said on Tuesday.

“What the families of the victims of the Uvalde shootings need most right now is ‘love’ and ‘edification,'” he added.

Abbott confirmed that in addition to the 21 people killed – 19 children and two teachers – 17 were injured, although they do not face life-threatening injuries.

Abbott said the shooter posted on Facebook 30 minutes before he arrived at Robb Elementary.

“I will shoot my grandmother,” he wrote. Then “I shot my grandmother,” followed by “I’m going to shoot an elementary school.”

The shooter shot his grandmother in the face. Then she called 911. After this incident, the shooter went to school.

Abbott confirmed that a border control officer killed the gunman at the scene.

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