SAN ANTONIO — A new statewide emergency is in effect for San Antonio, Texas, Gov.
Greg Abbott said Monday, ending a curfew that has kept residents indoors since Sunday.
The curfew has been in effect since Sunday evening, when a man wielding a butcher knife opened fire on a crowd of police officers.
The governor said the state would begin enforcing the new law in full on Tuesday, but he did not specify how long it would last.
Abbott also said the city and counties will be able to suspend or cancel certain county and city code requirements.
Authorities said the gunman had no firearms, but the sheriff said he believed he used a knife to attack officers.
He also said it appeared he was targeting officers because he appeared to be wearing a mask.
There were no immediate reports of injuries, though there were several police officers who were wounded in the attack.
President Donald Trump tweeted Monday that “our great nation is in mourning.”
A statement issued by Abbott said: The Texas legislature has passed a law that will be implemented by local law enforcement officers and will prohibit individuals from bringing firearms onto public property.
It also includes new measures to strengthen public safety in our state.
State law requires anyone who violates the law to be immediately arrested.
The governor said he was urging local law-enforcement officials to immediately enforce the new state law.
In a statement, the National Rifle Association said it supports the governor’s decision to impose the curfew and that he is exercising his authority under the law.
The organization also called for the release of all individuals detained, and urged the public to refrain from engaging in protests, rallies and other activities.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.