BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – One day after a gunman opened fire at a Texas elementary school in an act that took multiple lives and left at least 17 people injured, some officials in Louisiana are extending words of comfort and support to their Texas neighbors. 

Governor John Bel Edwards said, “This morning, 21 families in Texas awoke to empty beds where their loved ones should be, including 19 children so young that all they should have ever worried about was the upcoming summer vacation. I join all Americans and Louisianans who are weary from constant acts of senseless violence in praying not just for their loved ones, but also for sensible discussions and solutions that might better keep all of our communities safe. If we believe our children are our future, we must do more to keep them and those who educate them safe.”

Ascension Parish Sheriff (APSO) Bobby Webre expressed how he and his wife felt after learning about the tragedy, stating, “Karen and I extend our deepest condolences and offer our prayers this morning for the entire community of Uvalde, Texas. The entire APSO family grieves for the victims, especially the children, whose lives were lost far too soon. We pray that all families impacted by this selfish and heinous crime can find solace in this time of tragedy.”

Tuesday’s massacre resulted in the deaths of 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School. 

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The alleged shooter was an 18-year-old named Salvaor Rolando Ramos.  

According to NBC News, it was an off-duty U.S. Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol Tactical Unit agent and two law enforcement officials who were able to enter the school and kill Ramos as he fired shots from behind a barricade.