Today marked the deadliest shooting at a US grade school since the shocking attack at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, almost a decade ago.

A teenage gunman killed 18 children and three adults at a primary school in Texas, officials say, in the latest in a surge of mass gun violence sweeping the United States.

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Governor Greg Abbott said the suspect, identified as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, was apparently killed by police officers responding to the scene.

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Two officers were struck by gunfire, though the governor said their injuries were not serious.

Authorities said the suspect acted alone.

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