RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A tragic shooting took place Tuesday afternoon at a Texas elementary school, killing at least 19 children and two adults. The death toll includes the suspected shooter.

“I’d hoped when I became president, I wouldn’t have to do this, again. Another massacre,” Biden said in his opening remarks during a press conference Tuesday night.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott identified the suspect as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos of Uvalde. Abbott said Uvalde was killed at the scene by responding officers.

“As a nation, we have to ask, when in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby,” Biden said Tuesday night. “I am sick and tired of it. We have to act. And don’t tell me we cant have an impact on this carnage.”

Abbott added that it’s believed the shooter abandoned his car and entered Robb Elementary School, where he opened fire with a handgun, and possibly a rifle, before responding officers shot and killed him.

The President called on action from Congress, saying “it’s time to act,” in reference to assault weapons bans.

“The idea that an 18-year-old kid can walk into a gun store and buy two assault weapons,” Biden said. “It’s just wrong. What in God’s name do you need it for except to kill someone?”

Texans across the state are grieving for the victims of this senseless crime and for the community of Uvalde. Cecilia and I mourn this horrific loss and we urge all Texans to come together to show our unwavering support to all who are suffering. We thank the courageous first responders who worked to finally secure Robb Elementary School. I have instructed the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Rangers to work with local law enforcement to fully investigate this crime. The Texas Division of Emergency Management is charged with providing local officials all resources necessary to respond to this tragedy as the State of Texas works to ensure the community has what it needs to heal.”

Gov. Greg Abbott

President Joe Biden held a press conference, speaking on the tragedy Tuesday night. Biden was confirmed to have been on a return flight from a peace-keeping trip in Asia when the shooting occurred. During the trip, he pushed new rules for the global economy and promoted democracy in launching a new trade pact.

“We have to make it clear to every elected official in this country. It’s time to act,” Biden said Tuesday night. “It’s time for those who have delayed, or blocked the common-sense gun laws, we need to let you know that we will not forget. We can do so much more. We have to do more.”

The White House ordered all U.S. flags to be flown at half-staff through Saturday, May 28 in honor of the shooting victims.