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Texas elementary school shooting: Live from Uvalde, Texas

A teenage gunman barricaded himself inside a classroom before murdering at least 19 children and two teachers at a Texas primary school on 24 May, marking the deadliest school shooting in the decade after the Sandy Hook massacre.

All of the victims were in the same fourth-grade classroom at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, roughly 80 miles west of San Antonio.

The gunman, who has been named as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, was reportedly shot dead by an officer who arrived on the scene.

The gunman had no known criminal history or history of mental illness and “no meaningful forwarning of his crime” other than posting “I’m going to shoot my grandmother” and “I’m going to shoot an elementary school” on Facebook, Governor Greg Abbott reported at a press briefing on Wednesday. A spokesperson for Meta said Ramos shared the plans in direct messages, not public posts.

At least 12 children who were killed in the attack have been named by their families, including eight-year-old Uziyah Garcia and Eliahana “Elijah” Cruz Torres, Jailah Silguero, Alexandria Aniyah Rubio, Amerie Jo Garza, Makenna Lee Elrod, Xavier Javier Lopez, Jose Flores, Navaeh Brown, Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez, Alithia Ramirez and Ellie Lugo, all aged 10.

Two of the victims were Eva Mireles and Irma Garcia, both teachers at the school.


National Rifle Association to go ahead with annual meeting

The largest promoter of the free availability of military-style weapons in the United States will continue with plans to host its’ annual convention in Houston, Texas this weekend, less than 300 miles away from the elementary school where a gunman murdered 19 children and two adults on Thursday.

Former president Donald Trump, Texas governor Greg Abbott, and senator Ted Cruz are set to headline the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting, which is scheduled to open on Friday and continue through Sunday at a Houston convention centre.

In a statement posted on his “Truth Social” app, Mr Trump announced that he would keep his “longtime commitment” to speak at the convention, where he said he’d deliver “an important address to America”.

“America needs real solutions and real leadership in this moment, not politicians and partisanship,” said the twice-impeached ex-president. He added that in “the meantime,” he would “continue to pray for the victims, their families, and for our entire nation”.

My colleague Andrew Feinberg reports:

Trump will still headline NRA convention in Texas despite school massacre

Former president Donald Trump, Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Senator Ted Cruz are set to be featured speakers at the pro-gun confab

Namita Singh26 May 2022 05:16

‘Kept to himself’ says suspect’s mother

The mother of 18-year-old elementary school shooter Salvador Ramos claims her son was “not a violent person”.

Adriana Reyes told the Daily Mail that she was “surprised” that he opened fire in the school as she admitted that he “kept to himself and didn’t have many friends”.

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“My son wasn’t a violent person. I’m surprised by what he did,” she said while speaking from the hospital where her mother Celia Gonzalez was receiving treatment after surviving a gunshot wound from Ramos.

“I pray for those families. I’m praying for all of those innocent children, yes I am. They [the children] had no part in this.”

Dismissing the reports of having a toxic relationship with her son, Ms Reyes said: “I had a good relationship with him. He kept to himself; he didn’t have many friends.”

Namita Singh26 May 2022 05:15

Texas gunman sent online warning 10 minutes before the shooting

Minutes before the attack, the Texas gunman posted an online message warning that he was going to shoot up an elementary school, said governor Greg Abbott on Wednesday.

The gunman, identified as Salvador Ramos, 18, had sent a message on Tuesday saying he was going to shoot his grandmother, followed by another internet post confirming he had done so, Mr Abbott said at a news conference.

The shooter’s online posts were made on Facebook, the governor said, but spokespeople for Facebook’s parent company, Meta Platforms, said they were private one-to-one messages discovered after the shooting.

The company declined to say who received the messages or which of Meta’s platforms, such as Messenger or Instagram, was used to send them.

The suspect’s grandmother, who was shot in the face before her grandson left the home they shared and attacked the school, survived and called police.

Read the details in this report by Chiara Giordano:

Teenage gunman’s ‘lil secret’ Instagram message before shooting 21 people dead

Salvador Ramos told woman ‘I’m about to’ as he hinted at attack just hours earlier

Namita Singh26 May 2022 04:50

ICYMI: Beto O’ Rourke confront Greg Abbott for inaction on gun control

Governor Greg Abbott was wrapping up his opening remarks about the Texas school shooting when Beto O’Rourke strode forward from his seat in the audience.

“Governor Abbott, I have something to say,” the Democrat challenging Abbott for governor this fall said Wednesday, pointing a finger at his rival.

<p>Texas governor Greg Abbott speaks during a press conference at Uvalde High School on 25 May 2022 in Uvalde, Texas</p>

Texas governor Greg Abbott speaks during a press conference at Uvalde High School on 25 May 2022 in Uvalde, Texas

“The time to stop the next shooting is right now, and you are doing nothing.”

Ted Cruz, standing behind Abbott, shook his head and said “sit down!” while one woman in the crowd chanted, “Let him speak.”

Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin yelled that O’Rourke was a “sick son of a bitch.”

Amid a mix of boos and cheers, Mr O’Rourke was escorted from the press conference, reports my colleague Graig Graziosi.

Beto O’Rourke thrown out of Texas shooting press briefing after shouting at speakers

Mr O’Rourke told Mr Abbott that the shooting was ‘on him’ and ‘totally predictable’

Namita Singh26 May 2022 04:49

Onlookers urged police to charge into Texas school, recall witnesses

Frustrated onlookers urged police officers to charge into the Texas elementary school where an 18-year-old shooter killed 19 children and two teachers, witnesses said Wednesday.

“Go in there! Go in there!” nearby women shouted at the officers soon after the attack began, said Juan Carranza, 24, who saw the scene from outside his house, across the street from Robb Elementary School in the close-knit of Uvalde.

Javier Cazares, whose fourth-grade daughter, Jacklyn Cazares, was killed in the attack, said he raced to the school when he heard about the shooting, arriving while police were still gathered outside the building. He raised the idea that police should charge into the school after he saw they were not moving in.

<p>Community members embrace and mourn together at a vigil for the 21 victims in the mass shooting at Rob Elementary School on 25 May 2022 in Uvalde, Texas</p>

Community members embrace and mourn together at a vigil for the 21 victims in the mass shooting at Rob Elementary School on 25 May 2022 in Uvalde, Texas

“Let’s just rush in because the cops aren’t doing anything like they are supposed to,” he said. “More could have been done.”

“They were unprepared,” he added.

Carranza said the officers should have entered the school sooner.

“There were more of them. There was just one of him,” he said.

Namita Singh26 May 2022 04:33

ICYMI: Who are the victims of the Texas shooting?

A teacher who died a “hero” trying to protect her young pupils, and two sets of 10-year-old cousins, are among the victims identified in the Texas school shooting that saw 19 children and two teachers killed on Tuesday.

Eva Mireles, 44, and Irma Garcia, 46, have been named by their families as the two teachers killed in the attack on Robb Elementary School.

The identities of the child victims have been confirmed as eight-year-old Uziyah Garcia; Eliana “Ellie” Lugo-Garcia, aged 9; 10-year-olds Amerie Jo Garza, Makenna Lee Elrod, Xavier James Lopez, Jose Flores, Navaeh Bravo, Alithia Ramirez, Alexandria “Lexi” Rubio, Eliahana “Elijah” Cruz Torres, Tess Marie Mata, Rojelio Torres, Layla Salazar, Maite Rodriguez, cousins Jailah Nicole Silguero and Jayce Carmelo Luevanos, and cousins Jackie Jaylen Cazares and Annabelle Guadalupe Rodriguez; and 11-year-old Miranda Mathis.

Shweta Sharma and Johanna Chisholm have the story.

Josh Marcus26 May 2022 04:00

How Texas began a warzone

During a news conference on Wednesday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott argued that gun control doesn’t work, pointing to the examples of killings in big cities in California, Illinois, and New York.

But Texas, with some of the most lenient gun laws in the nation, is actually less safe than all these places, data shows.

The state lets most legal adults buy and carry rifles and guns after the ages of 18 and 21, respectively, without training or a license, and has a virtually equal gun death rate to Illinois, according to CDC data. Gun homicides rates per capita in Texas are nearly double those in California and nearly triple those in New York.

Two of the four deadliest school shootings in the last decade also took place in Texas, as have a number of other shocking mass killings in recent years, including massacres at a military base in Fort Hood, a church in Sutherland Springs, and a Walmart in El Paso.

Here’s an in-depth look Governor Abbott’s record on guns and how it has impacted safety in the state.

Texas Governor blames anything but guns for Uvalde shooting

Texas has some of most lenient gun laws in country

Josh Marcus26 May 2022 03:30

Did police fail to stop Uvalde gunman from entering school?

One of the cornerstones of the conservative response to the Uvalde shooting has been the argument that more, better-armed law enforcement personnel in schools is the way to end America’s unique problem of persistent school shootings.

One factor that complicates this picture is that there already were police on the grounds of the school at the time of the shooting, though Texas officials have been inconsistent to downright opaque about whether they did enough to stop the shooter.

According to Steve McCraw, Texas’s director of public safety, about “forty minutes” to “an hour” elapsed between when Salvador Ramos got to Robb Elementary School and when he was killed by law enforcement.

“But I don’t want to give you a particular timeline,” the official said on Wednesday at a news conference.

Mr McCraw when on to explain how a school police officer confronted the teen as he headed towards classrooms, but was apparently unable to stop the boy and “followed him right in immediately.”

Another police official, Department of Public Safety Sergeant Erick Estrada has said in various media interviews Ramos also encountered multiple officers from the Uvalde Police Department before heading inside. “They weren’t able to stop him there, so they did ask for assistance,” Mr Estrada told CNN.

Other Texas officials have said officers heard shooting already once they arrived on the scene, seeming to suggest a completely different timeline.

Josh Marcus26 May 2022 02:45

Salvador Ramos: Everything we know about Texas school mass shooter

More details are emerging about Salvador Ramos, the 18-year-old student who killed 21 people at a Texas elementary school on Tuesday.

Here’s everything we know about the gunman, based on reporting from Independent team.

Salvador Ramos: Everything we know about 18-year-old Texas school mass shooter

Eighteen-year-old Uvalde high school student reportedly shot his grandmother before driving to Robb Elementary School

Josh Marcus26 May 2022 02:15

Uvalde gunman texted acquaintance before shooting

The 18-year-old who shot and killed 21 people at a Texas high school texted a 15-year-old German girl he met online that he was about to “shoot up a elementary school,” The New York Times reports.

“Maybe I could’ve changed the outcome,” the girl, who asked only to be identified by her nickname Cece, told the Times. “I just could never guess that he’d actually do this.”

The two met on Yubo, an app that allows strangers to watch each other’s livestream videos.

Youth from California to Greece say they had conversations with Ramos through the service.

Josh Marcus26 May 2022 02:00