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O’Rourke was escorted out while members of the crowd yelled at him, with one man shouting profanities at O’Rourke. The Democrat is challenging Gov. Greg Abbott in this year’s election.

Beto O'Rourke at a press conference about the massacre in Uvalde.
Beto O’Rourke at a press conference about the massacre in Uvalde. (AP)

Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said to O’Rourke: “You’re out of line and an embarrassment.”

O’Rourke, as he was being escorted out, turned around, faced the stage, pointed his finger and said: “This is on you until you choose to do something different. This will continue to happen. Somebody needs to stand up for the children of this state or they will continue to be killed just like they were killed in Uvalde yesterday.”

Abbott says the gunman who killed 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school warned on social media minutes before the attack that he was going to shoot up a school. He says the shooter, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, used an AR-15 in the attack Tuesday at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde.

Beto O'Rourke confronting the state's leadership, including Governor Greg Abbott.
Beto O’Rourke confronting the state’s leadership, including Governor Greg Abbott. (AP)

The news conference was attended by several elected Republican officials.

O’Rourke is a former congressman from El Paso who ran for president in 2020.

Gov. Greg Abbott says 18-year-old Salvador Ramos used an AR-15 in the bloodbath on Tuesday at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde.

About 30 minutes beforehand, Ramos made three social media posts.

Victims of Tuesday's shooting in Uvalde, Texas.
Victims of Tuesday’s shooting in Uvalde, Texas. (CNN)

According to the governor, Ramos posted that he was going to shoot his grandmother, then that he had shot the woman, and finally that he was going to shoot up an elementary school.

Seventeen people were also injured in the attack.

Abbott said Ramos had no known criminal or mental health history.

A woman reacts outside the Uvalde civic centre in Texas, where students had been taken from Robb Elementary School after the shooting. (CNN)

“Evil swept across Uvalde yesterday,” Abbott said.

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