Gun and loaded magazine found in a second-grader’s desk on the same day as Uvalde mass shooting

Gun and loaded magazine found in a second-grader’s desk on the same day as Uvalde mass shooting

Police were informed and they confiscated the weapon immediately.

A loaded magazine and a pistol were discovered in a second-grade student's desk in Sacramento, California. 

The incident occurred on Tuesday at Sacramento's Edward Kemble Elementary School on the same day the mass shooting happened in Uvalde, Texas. Students at the school alerted officials to the fact that one of their classmates had brought a pistol to school. Police were summoned and the handgun was recovered, reports US News.




The Sacramento City Unified School District released a statement to families stating, "It is our promise to you that we will do all that we can to learn from today’s experience so that we can keep your child and our schools safe." The District said it is cooperating with authorities who are looking into the incident.

On the same day, in Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos fired indiscriminately at students and teachers during school hours. The fatalities included 19 children and two teachers, who lost their lives on the deadliest mass shooting since the Newtown, Connecticut, tragedy in 2012.




In a message to the Kemble family, Sacramento City Unified praised the kids who reported the gun on campus for their bravery and vigilance. They said in the statement, "We are grateful that this incident did not result in a tragedy such as those that districts have experienced, including today’s tragic and senseless mass shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas. This is due in large part to the bravery and awareness of the students who came forward and alerted staff at Kemble today."




The gunman, who was 18 at the time, opened fire at Robb Elementary School and is suspected of shooting his grandmother before embarking on the spree. The youngster was armed with a handgun, an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, high-capacity magazines, and body armor, according to officials. He was shot down by the authorities before he could hurt anyone further. 

In a similar incident, a Texas student was detained a day after the mass shooting, after being found with a "AK-47 style pistol" and a "replica AR-15 style" rifle. He was apprehended outside a high school in Richardson, which is more than 350 miles north of Uvalde, per BBC.

The Texas shooting was the 212th mass shooting of the year in the United States. This incident is raising calls for new gun legislation that previously failed to pass Congress. Despite national surveys indicate overwhelming support for an assault weapons prohibition, none of the 30 states with Republican-controlled legislatures have such a legislation, reports Scroll.


Cover Image Source: Getty Images/Drew Angerer

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