UVALDE, Texas (AP) — Beto O’Rourke interrupted a news conference Wednesday about the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, calling the tragedy “totally predictable when you choose to do nothing.”

O’Rourke was escorted away as members of the crowd shouted at him, with one man shouting profanities at O’Rourke. The Democrat is challenging Governor Greg Abbott in this year’s election.

Republican Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick told O’Rourke, “You are out of place and embarrassing.”

O’Rourke, as he was being escorted away, turned, faced the stage, pointed his finger and said, “It’s up to you until you choose to do something different.” It will continue to happen. Someone needs to stand up for the children of this state or they will continue to be killed like they were killed in Uvalde yesterday.

Abbott says the shooter who killed 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school warned on social media minutes before the attack that he was going to shoot a school. He says the shooter, Salvador Ramos, 18, used an AR-15 in the attack Tuesday at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde.

The press conference brought together several elected Republicans.

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