Two minors were injured in a shooting Thursday night in Uvalde, Texas, in a suspected gang-related incident, a few months after a deadly mass shooting at an elementary school in the city killed 19 children and two teachers.
According to a statement on Facebook, Uvalde police said they had four suspects in custody who are being questioned about the incident.
The two injured minors are being treated at a hospital in San Antonio, the extent of their injuries is unknown.
Police say they received information about the shooting at 5:30 p.m. local time.
In a statement on Twitter, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) said it is working with local police to investigate the “suspected gang-related shooting.”
Texas Governor Greg Abbott said he has ordered DPS officers to conduct patrols in “gang hotspots” and six DPS troop units to coordinate with city officials on a broader “anti-gang effort.”
Commenting on the news of the shooting, Abbott said: “I was outraged to learn that gang violence has endangered the Uvalde community and innocent Texans tonight … Gang violence has no home here in Texas, and we will be reporting the full force of justice bring down these heinous criminals.”
The shooting comes at a time when Uvalde police are facing national scrutiny over its conduct during the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in the city. Police waited more than an hour to call in gunman Salvador Ramos, while students and parents desperately called 911 asking them to intervene. Broader investigations into the botched response are still underway, but school district police chief Pete Arredondo has been fired. More than 350 law enforcement officers responded to the shooting, including Border Patrol agents, state police officers, U.S. Marshals Service, Drug Enforcement Agency agents, Uvalde City Police and county sheriff deputies, according to a report by the Texas House of Representatives.
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