BOSTON (WBZNewsRadio) - New England Lawmakers are saying enough is enough in the wake of a school shooting in Texas, that killed 19 students.
Local leaders expressed outrage and devastation after an 18-year-old gunman opened fire at a Texas elementary school in Uvalde, on Tuesday. It's the deadliest school shooting since the 2012 massacre in Newtown, Connecticut that killed 20 students and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary school.
"I'm at a loss. I just picked up my girls from the bus stop. This is every parent's worst nightmare." Congresswoman Lori Trahan wrote on Twitter. "Shame on anyone who says we can’t do more to prevent school shootings, especially elected officials who oppose even the most basic, commonsense gun safety legislation."
"This is incomprehensible and sick. Children. Elementary school children. My heart aches for the victims and their loved ones. We absolutely cannot accept this reality for our kids, our educators, our parents, our communities," wrote Attorney General Maura Healey.
In New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu wrote; "Tonight as we attempt to process the unspeakable tragedy that has unfolded in Texas, our hearts go out to the families and staff of Robb Elementary, the community of Uvalde, and the people of Texas. New Hampshire stands with you in your grief and resolve,"
The shooting took place before noon at Robb Elementary School, where second through fourth grade students were preparing to begin summer break this week. 19 children and two adults have been killed, several other children have been wounded. The gunman died at the scene.
"He shot and killed horrifically, incomprehensibly," Texas Governor Greg Abbott said in a news conference.
Several Massachusetts school districts are ramping up their police presence on Wednesday in light of the shooting. Those districts include Barnstable, Gloucester and Tewksbury. No specific threats to any schools have been reported, but school officials said they're hoping to make local students feel safer at school.
WBZ's Drew Moholland (@DrewWBZ) reports