In a Buffalo school shooting where authorities have identified more than 20 people, at least four of the victims were children, authorities said Tuesday.
The four children were among the more than a dozen students killed at a suburban Buffalo, New York school where authorities said one gunman opened fire on students and staff with a semi-automatic rifle, shooting at least 16 students and faculty members in what police called an “act of terror.”
The other victims ranged in age from 14 to 20.
The suspect, identified as 31-year-old Daniel Boudreaux, has been charged with 10 counts of murder, nine counts of attempted murder and six counts of aggravated assault, according to police.
The victims ranged from students to staff members.
Two of the children died, while a third was treated and released from the hospital, police said.
The fourth was released.
A fifth student was treated at a hospital but died, according, police.
Three people, including the gunman, died at the school, which is located in the city of Buffalo and is about 50 kilometres north of Buffalo.
One of the four wounded victims was in critical condition and a second had non-life threatening injuries, police and hospital officials said.
Boudreson was arrested in a suburb of Buffalo, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.
Investigators were looking for Boudraux’ cellphone.
The school was not immediately releasing any other details.
“This is a very tragic event and we are deeply saddened by it,” said Superintendent John Guglia in a statement.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the students and employees who have lost their lives and are in our thoughts and our prayers.
We are committed to working with our community partners to find the killer, which we will do as quickly as possible.”
The school shooting occurred as the city was celebrating the Buffalo Wild Wings Festival, which was set to begin at 9 a.m.
Buffalo police said they were still searching for the suspect and other suspects.
“It’s a tragic day for the Buffalo community,” Mayor Byron Wurzer said in a press conference.
“There is still an active investigation, but we’re getting more information.
The students and our staff are the heroes of our city and we’ll continue to support them.”
Police said the gunman had been on the run since Sunday.
A man was killed in a shooting at the New Orleans Saints-Celtics game at Lambeau Field on Sunday, but the investigation is ongoing, police Chief Ron Hoskins said.
A school shooting in North Carolina last month left seven people dead and six injured.
A gunman killed six people and wounded five others at a South Carolina high school in 2016, before he was shot dead by police.
“We’re going to get the shooter out of here, and we’re going in with our best resources,” said Mayor Bill Peduto, in a televised press conference on Monday.
“The police department and the FBI have worked tirelessly to try and find this suspect.
I want everyone to know, this is an active, active, and violent investigation.”
The mayor’s comments come after a string of high-profile mass shootings in recent years, including one in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in January 2016, and a mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona, in May 2017.
Peduto also addressed the recent death of a 19-year old who was gunned down in his school’s cafeteria by a student who was reportedly armed with a rifle.
Pedosino said the shooting in the Buffalo shooting is a reminder of how dangerous mass shootings can be.
“People are afraid.
They don’t know how to respond,” Peduto said.
“I think we have to have a conversation about how we make sure our community is safe, and that’s the only way to make it safer.”
He said he has met with Buffalo Mayor Byron B. Walker and the governor.
“What’s clear to me is that the people of Buffalo want answers, and I’m confident that the answers will come from Buffalo,” he said.
Police have said the suspect is being sought by authorities.