(NEXSTAR) – President Joe Biden spoke Tuesday after the deadly school shooting that occurred in Uvalde, Texas, calling for changes to the country’s gun laws.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, 20 people — 18 children, a teacher, and the suspected shooter — died following Tuesday’s shooting at Robb Elementary School. Governor Greg Abbott said it is believed the 18-year-old suspect, identified as Salvador Ramos of Uvalde, abandoned his vehicle and entered the school, where he opened fire with a shotgun, and possibly a firearm. school, before responding officers shot him dead. .
Abbott said the alleged gunman also shot his grandmother before entering the school, but he was unable to provide any further details about the link between the two shootings.
State Senator Roland Gutierrez told the Associated Press that three people were also injured in the attack and were hospitalized in serious condition.
“As a nation, we must ask when, in the name of God, we will stand in the gun arena?” Biden commented. “When in the name of God do we do what we know in our guts to do?”
Biden’s remarks came shortly after he returned from a trip to Asia. He spoke with Governor Abbott while on Air Force One, White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield shared Tuesday evening.
Before departing on a trip abroad, Biden traveled to Buffalo, New York, to meet with those affected by the mass shooting at a grocery store that left 10 people dead.
The White House has issued a statement requiring all flags to be flown at a height of half a foot for the victims of Tuesday’s shooting. Flags at the White House, public buildings, military facilities, embassies and consular offices will be flown at half-staff until Saturday.
Vice President Kamala Harris said that people often say in moments like these “our hearts are broken – but our hearts continue to be broken… and our broken hearts are nothing compared to the left.” the broken hearts of those families.”
“We have to have the courage to act… to make sure something like this never happens again,” she said.
Biden’s comments will be broadcast live in the video player above starting at 8:15 p.m. ET.
Associated Press and Nexstar Media Wire’s Jeremy Tanner contributed to this report.
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