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Texas elementary school shooting: Live from Uvalde, Texas

Nineteen children and two adults were killed after an active shooter was reported at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, according to authorities. The shooter also died, according to Texas Governor Greg Abbott.

The gunman been named as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos. Mr Abbott said Ramos “horrifically and incomprehensibly” carried out the mass shooting alone before being shot dead by law enforcement.

Ramos was a student at Uvalde High School who lived in the small city 130 kms (80 miles) west of San Antonio, according to Mr Abbott.

President Biden told the nation it was time to “turn this pain into action” and change gun laws following the shooting massacre.

“Why are we willing to live with this carnage?” he said at the White House. “Where in God’s name is our backbone, to have the courage to deal with this and stand up to the [gun] lobbies?”

The shooting prompted the school to go into lockdown. Students there were transported to St Willie Delon Civic Centre where they will be reunited with their parents.


Sarah Sanders invokes Texas shooting to push for Republican’s anti-abortion agenda

Sarah Sanders, who won the Republican nomination for governor in Arkansas on Tuesday, invoked the fatal shooting of at least 19 children at a Texas elementary school as a “stark and humbling reminder of just how precious life is”.

“Every single life has value and the most vulnerable among us should be those that we are fighting for and protecting the most,” Ms Sanders said.

“I can assure you that in my administration, that’s exactly what we will do. We will make sure that when a kid is in the womb, they’re as safe as they are in the classroom, the workplace, the nursing home, because every stage of life has value.”

Namita Singh25 May 2022 05:08

NBA-Warriors coach calls for gun control

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr called for stricter gun control after the Texas school shooting.

A visibly shaken Kerr, who has been an advocate of tighter gun laws, said he would not discuss the Warriors’ Eastern Conference finals game against the Dallas Mavericks.

“Any basketball questions don’t matter … ,” he told reporters. “In the last 10 days, we’ve had elderly black people killed in a supermarket in Buffalo, we’ve had Asian churchgoers killed in Southern California.

Now we have children murdered at school. When are we going to do something? I’m so tired of getting up here and offering condolences to the devastated families that are out there.

Steve Kerr

He also slammed lawmakers for blocking efforts to advance gun control measures.

“Do you realise that 90 per cent of Americans, regardless of political party, want background checks, universal background checks? 90 per cent of us,” Kerr said.

“We are being held hostage by 50 Senators in Washington who refuse to even put it to a vote, despite what we the American people want. They won’t vote on it because they want to hold on to their own power.”

<p>Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr speaks about the Texas shooting</p>

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr speaks about the Texas shooting

Namita Singh25 May 2022 05:07

Texas pupils shattered by shooting

The students at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas were two days away from their summer break when Tuesday’s massacre unfolded.

They had visited the zoo and participated in a gifted-and-talented showcase, recent posts on the school’s Facebook page showed.

Tuesday was awards day, according to the calendar, and pupils were invited to wear a nice outfit and fun shoes as part of a “footloose and fancy” theme.

But at around 11.43 am a note was posted on the Facebook feed: “Please know at this time Robb Elementary is under a Lockdown Status due to gunshots in the area. The pupils and staff are safe in the building.”

Then came another message: “There is an active shooter at Robb Elementary. Law enforcement is on site.”

This was followed by more devastating news: the 18-year-old gunman opened fire at the school killing 19 children and two adults

“Our hearts are breaking for the families that have been affected by this evil,” Susan Vanderwier of Indiana wrote on the school’s Facebook page.

Namita Singh25 May 2022 04:45

Recap: What we know so far about the Texas school shooting

Nineteen students and two adults were shot dead in a mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday, officials have confirmed.

A lone gunman is believed to have opened fire shortly before midday at Robb Elementary School and the school was immediately placed into lockdown.

Mr Abbott confirmed the shooter, who he named as Salvador Ramos, an 18-year-old from Uvalde, had been killed.

“He shot and killed horrifically, incomprehensibly, 14 students and a teacher,” said governor Greg Abbott before the death toll was ultimately revised upwards.

Read the details in this report by Bevan Hurley:

Texas school shooting: Everything we know so far

Teenage gunman confirmed dead in one of Texas’s worst school shootings

Namita Singh25 May 2022 04:28

Everything we know about Texas school mass shooter

A gunman who killed at least 19 students and two adults at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday has been named as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos.

He was a student at Uvalde High School who lived in the small city 130 km (80 miles) west of San Antonio, according to governor Greg Abbott.

Ramos had hinted on social media that an attack could be coming, state senator Roland Gutierrez, who was briefed by police, told reporters. “He suggested the kids should watch out,” the lawmaker said.

He reportedly shot his grandmother before driving to Robb Elementary just before midday on Tuesday, Mr Abbott said at a news briefing on Tuesday afternoon.

My colleague Bevan Hurley reporting the details:

Salvador Ramos as: Everything we know about Texas school mass shooter

The 18-year-old Uvalde high school student carried out the worst mass shooting at a US elementary school since Sandy Hook, officials said

Namita Singh25 May 2022 04:19

LeBron James reacts to shooting: ‘When is enough enough, man?’

Basketball superstar LeBron James has made a strongly worded statement on the Texas shooting that left at least 15 people dead.

“My thoughts and prayers goes out to the families of love ones loss & injured at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, TX!” Mr James tweeted. “Like when is enough enough man!!! These are kids and we keep putting them in harms way at school. Like seriously ‘AT SCHOOL’ where it’s suppose to be the safest!”

Read more here:

LeBron James reacts to Texas school shooting that killed 14 students and a teacher

Los Angeles Lakers star funds a public elementary school in Ohio

Nathan Place25 May 2022 04:00

Texas attorney general calls for teachers to be armed

Just hours after a school shooting claimed at least 15 lives in Texas, the state’s attorney general called for what he said was the only possible solution: arming teachers.

“The reality is we don’t have the resources to have law enforcement at every school,” Attorney General Ken Paxton said. “It takes time for law enforcement, no matter how prepared, no matter how good they are, to get there. So having the right training for some of these people at the school is the best hope.”

Read more here:

Texas attorney general calls for teachers to be armed after massacre in Uvalde

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton repeated his call to arm teachers after a shooter killed more than a dozen children and one teacher at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.

Nathan Place25 May 2022 03:30

Death toll rises again

The student death toll has risen to 19, according to Texas officials. Two adults were also killed in the shooting.

David Taintor25 May 2022 03:23

Ted Cruz blasted for ‘prayer’ tweet after Texas massacre

Twitter users are lashing out at Senator Ted Cruz after he offered his “prayers” for the children killed in Uvalde, Texas, but made no mention of gun control.

“Heidi & I are fervently lifting up in prayer the children and families in the horrific shooting in Uvalde,” the Republican senator tweeted on Tuesday. “We are in close contact with local officials, but the precise details are still unfolding. Thank you to heroic law enforcement & first responders for acting so swiftly.”

But on Twitter, many pointed out Mr Cruz’s fervent opposition to gun control legislation. In fact, Mr Cruz is slated to speak at the National Rifle Association’s Annual Meeting in Houston later this week.

Read more here:

Ted Cruz condemned for ‘prayer’ tweet after Texas elementary school shooting massacre

Comes after a mass shooting in Uvalde left at least 14 children dead.

Nathan Place25 May 2022 03:00

Families line up for DNA swabs

The family members of victims of the shooting lined up for a swab to share DNA with investigators, according to a local report.

David Taintor25 May 2022 02:47