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Uvalde, Texas school shooting – latest news on Salvador Ramos

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Texas police admit ruling gunman inactive was ‘the wrong decision’

The family of the Texas school shooter has sought help to pay the medical bills of his grandmother, who was the gunman’s first victim on 24 May.

Celia “Sally” Gonzales, 66, was shot “in the face and left to die alone in her home by her very own grandson” Salvador Ramos, who then went on to kill 19 children and two teachers at the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde.

Ramos’s aunt Natalie Salazar has set up a fundraiser on GoFundMe to raise $30,000 (£23,770) to pay for the expenses of her mother who has already undergone four major surgeries and is expected to go through several more.

Meanwhile, as the community mourns the deadly shooting, US president Joe Biden has said there is “no rational basis” for high-powered rifles as he underscored the urgency for members of Congress to address gun control legislation.

At least two senators are expected to meet virtually on Tuesday to see whether there is a bipartisan path forward on such legislation.

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Salvador Ramos’s family appeals for cash donations via GoFundMe

The family of the Texas school shooter has sought help to pay the medical bills of his grandmother, who was the gunman’s first victim on 24 May.

Ramos’s aunt Natalie Salazar sought help for her mother Celia “Sally” Gonzales, 66, who was “shot in the face and left to die alone in her home by her very own grandson”.

Ms Salazar has set up a fundraiser on GoFundMe to raise $30,000 (£23,770) to pay for the expenses of her mother who has already undergone four major surgeries and is expected to go through several more.

Shweta Sharma has more.

Salvador Ramos’s family appeals for donations after being ‘hit by all sides’

‘I know it will take time but we have to forgive those who have wronged us. We can not keep judging’

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar31 May 2022 07:53
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Victim’s father condemns police who left kids to ‘bleed out’

The grieving father of one of the victims killed in the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde on 24 May has slammed the police for waiting for more than an hour to confront the gunman.

Jessie Rodriguez, whose 10-year-old daughter Annabell was killed in the attack, told The Independent that “more likely many children probably still were there just bleeding out, but yet they didn’t try to rescue nobody.”

“It’s wrong to just think, ‘They’re all dead anyway.’ You don’t think negative like that; you enter and put down that man, find out if there’s still survivors – not just wait till they bleed out,” he said.

“It took one hour before they could put a stop to this man … but it’s a little bit too late.”

Officers with the Uvalde Police Department and Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District arrived roughly four minutes after 18-year-old gunman Salvador Ramos entered the school, according to the timeline from law enforcement officials.

But in the days that followed, officials have struggled to publicly explain what happened in the hour that followed before an officer fatally shot Ramos.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar31 May 2022 07:11
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Hundreds pay respects in Uvalde at school, funeral homes

Throngs of people carrying stuffed animals, flowers and messages swarmed Geraldine Street to pay respect to the 19 children and two teachers killed in the mass shooting attack last week.

Lisa Camarillo, 38, drove two hours from Laredo with her sons, Oscar and Jacob, who are the same age as most of the young victims who died in their class when Salvador Ramos, 18, attacked the school.

“I’m lost for words,” Ms Camarillo tells The Independent, explaining that she came with her boys to Uvalde to “pay my respects for these families because this is something that should never have happened – especially not here at school”.

Just seconds away on the same street in Uvalde, mourners held one of the first visitations for those students, for 10-year-old Amerie Jo Garza, at Hillcrest Funeral Home in advance of a rosary later that evening and funeral Mass on Tuesday – exactly one week after she was gunned down in her fourth-grade classroom.

Sheila Flynn reports from Uvalde.

Crowds pay respects at school, funeral homes as first Uvalde victim visitations held

Funeral for Amerie Jo Garza, 10, will be held Tuesday – the first of 21 – exactly one week after massacre

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar31 May 2022 06:58
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Biden suggests demolishing Uvalde school

President Joe Biden has said that he is considering demolishing the elementary school in Uvalde, where 19 young children and two teachers were shot dead last week.

Senator Roland Gutierrez said that the president promised to provide federal resources to potentially raze Robb Elementary School and build a new campus in the community left heartbroken by the massacre.

“He said, ‘I’m not going away. I’m going to bring you resources. We’re going to look to raze that school, build a new one,’” said the Democrat, who represents Uvalde.

“I can’t tell you how many little children that I’ve talked to that don’t want to go into that building. They’re just traumatised. They’re just destroyed.”

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar31 May 2022 06:30
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Salvador Ramos’ classmate claims he ‘loved hurting animals’

The 18-year-old shooter who killed 21 people in Texas last week had a history of violence and “loved” abusing animals, his classmates from Uvalde High School have claimed.

Salvador Ramos was a bully who provoked other people in order to pick fights and was seen hurting dogs, they alleged, countering the family’s claim that he was bullied for stuttering.“He would go to the park and try to pick on people and he loved hurting animals,” classmate Jaime Arellano told the Daily Beast.

Others alleged that Ramos boasted about torturing animals and aired his acts of animal abuse on the French live streaming platform Yubo

.A Yubo user told ABC News that Ramos would “put cats in plastic bags, suspend them inside, throw them at the ground and throw them at people’s houses”. They claimed that Ramos would display these videos while laughing and boasting about how he and his friends “did it all the time”.

Read more here.

Texas shooter Salvador Ramos ‘loved hurting animals’, claims classmate

Teenager also allegedly threatened women with sexual violence

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar31 May 2022 06:11
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Grieving father of Uvalde victim makes passionate plea for AR-15 ban

The father of a 10-year-old girl, who was one of the 19 kids killed by Salvador Ramos, has demanded a ban on the sale of assault rifles.

“Assault rifles shouldn’t be sold at all, period,” Mr Rodriguez, 53, told The Independent.

“We understand having an assault rifle for the military; not personal use. Not to gun down our children … all the children gunned down like they were animals.

“There’s no justice in selling a kid an assault rifle and especially that amount of clips and bullets. It’s unbelievable.”

Sheila Flynn reports.

Exclusive: Grieving father of Uvalde victim makes passionate plea for AR-15 ban

The father of Uvalde victim Annabell Rodriguez, 10, is channeling his grief into anger about assault weapon sales and the disastrous police response to the shooting at Robb Elementary School, he tells Sheila Flynn

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar31 May 2022 05:47
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Canada proposes buying back assault rifles

Canada would implement a “national freeze” on handgun ownership and force owners of “military-style assault weapons” to sell their guns to the government under newly-introduced legislation, prime minister Justin Trudeau announced on Monday.

“As a government, as a society, we have a responsibility to act to prevent more tragedies,” Mr Trudeau said.

The proposals, which are expected to pass, come in the wake of last week’s deadly mass school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that killed 21 people, and a 2020 tragedy in rural Nova Scotia in which 22 people died in Canada’s deadliest mass shooting.

Josh Marcus has more.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar31 May 2022 05:44
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Survivor says teacher played dead after being shot

A nine-year-old student of the Robb Elementary School, who survived the carnage on 24 May, said that his teacher played dead after being shot and asked students to stay quiet.

Teacher Elsa Avila ran to the door to lock their classroom which was near the rooms where 19 children and two teachers were killed. Ms Avila was shot through the glass and dropped to the floor.

“I personally can’t thank my son’s teacher enough,” the student’s mother Briana Ruiz told ABC News. “I think what she did saved all of their lives.”

Although the nine-year-old survived, he lost his beloved cousin Ellie Garcia, who was among shooter Salvador Ramos’ victims

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar31 May 2022 05:15
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Texas gunman’s grandmother may never talk again, family says

Texas gunman Salvador Ramos’s grandmother, who was shot in the face before the 18-year-old went on a killing spree at an elementary school in Uvalde last week, is in stable condition now.

But the family of Celia “Sally” Martinez Gonzales, 66, fear she may never be able to speak again.

Her cousin, Jason Ybarra, said the bullet went into her “jaw just next to her mouth and shattered all her teeth”.Ms Gonzales has only been able to communicate by writing.

“She had a notebook where she writes what she’s trying to say, but when we can’t make it out, she gets frustrated,” her husband Rolando Reyes said.

Read more here.

Texas gunman’s grandmother may never talk again, says family

Sixty-six-year-old woman was shooter’s first victim on 24 May

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar31 May 2022 04:58
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Donald Trump Jr slammed for ‘tasteless’ Facebook rant

Former president Donald Trump’s eldest son was slammed for going on a “tasteless” rant where he suggested that the Uvalde mass shooter could have killed his 21 victims with a “bat”.

Donald Trump Jr, while defending guns, posted a rambling video on his Facebook page on Saturday where he argued that last week’s massacre could have unfolded with any other type of weapon.

He furiously ranted about people saying that “it’s the gun, it’s not the sociopath wielding it”.

“If it wasn’t for the gun, this kid would be a well-adjusted, reasonable individual, he’d be a wonderful human being, right?” he asked. “He wouldn’t have done the exact same thing with a bat, or a bomb, or some sort of improvised device – or a machete?”

Rachel Sharp reports.

Donald Trump Jr suggests Uvalde shooter could have murdered 21 with a ‘bat’

Donald Trump’s son posted a rambling video on his Facebook page on Saturday where he argued that last week’s massacre could have unfolded with any other weapon

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar31 May 2022 04:39

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