Live Updates | Biden on gun restrictions: ‘We need to act’

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UVALDE, Texas (AP) — WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden struck a somber and serious tone, calling for new gun restrictions, in an address to the nation after 18 children were killed in a shooting in a Texas elementary school.

“When in the name of God are we going to stand up to the gun lobby? When in the name of God do we do what we all know must be done? Biden asked.

Biden, who lost a son and a daughter, was joined by first lady Dr. Jill Biden at the White House on Tuesday evening.

“Why are they willing to live with this carnage? Why do we keep letting this happen? In the name of God, where is our backbone? Biden said, later adding, “It’s time to act.”

At least 18 children and three adults were killed at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday morning. Uvalde is about 85 miles west of San Antonio. The 18-year-old shooter is dead. It is unknown if this number includes the shooter.

Biden called on the nation to pray for the parents and siblings of those dead. “Losing a child is like having a piece of your soul ripped out,” he said.

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KEY DEVELOPMENTS IN TEXAS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SHOOTING:

— Shooter kills at least 18 children in texas elementary school

– Biden says ‘we need to act’ after the Texas school shooting

– Senator Murphy calls for compromise on guns after the shooting in Texas

– A look at some of America’s deadliest school shootings

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OTHER DEVELOPMENTS:

LOS ANGELES — CBS pulled the season finale of “FBI” after the fatal shooting at an elementary school in Texas.

The network said on Tuesday that it will not be airing the show’s season four finale titled “Prodigal Son.” The decision was made after a gunman killed at least 18 students at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Three adults were also killed in the shooting. It is not known if the shooter was one of the three.

The scenario of the finale involved the participation of a suspected student in a murderous robbery. The synopsis includes a mention that the episode involved a cache of automatic weapons.

It is unknown if the episode will air in the future.

The network will re-air the show’s 12th episode “Under Pressure” in place of the season finale.

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UVALDE – The principal of a Texas elementary school where an 18-year-old gunman shot and killed 18 children said his heart was broken today.

Hal Harrell, superintendent of the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District, said Tuesday that Robb Elementary School will be closed and all school activities will be canceled until further notice. Harrell also said bereavement counselors would be available beginning Wednesday morning.

“My heart is broken today,” Harrell said. “We are a small community and we are going to need your prayers to get through this.”

Three adults were also killed in Tuesday morning’s shooting. The shooter is dead, likely killed by police, officials said. It is not known if the number of dead adults includes the shooter.

The death toll rose on Tuesday evening. State Sen. Roland Gutierrez said he was notified by state police of the latest deaths at the school in Uvalde, a heavily Latino community about 85 miles west of San Antonio.

In addition to the 21 dead, three people injured in the shooting remain in serious condition, Gutierrez told The Associated Press. The shooter is dead, probably killed by the police.

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