Texas elementary school shooting: Live from Uvalde, Texas
Police who responded to the Texas school massacre have been accused of being “unprepared” and failing to respond as videos reveal parents pleading with officers outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde on Tuesday.
Parents said they urged officers to move into school as the AR-15-wielding assailant fatally shot two teachers and 19 pupils.
The father of 10-year-old victim Jacklyn Cazares said he even suggested he could go in himself with other bystanders as he was frustrated police were not doing it themselves.
Details of the timeline and events remain unclear, including whether officers failed to prevent 18-year-old gunman Salvador Ramos from entering the school, and whether he “barricaded” himself inside a classroom before or after killing fourth-grade children inside.
Messages from Ramos to recipients on social media appear to show him flaunting his weapons and announcing plans to “shoot up a elementary school” moments before the killings.
Senate Republicans block domestic terrorism bill
Senate Republicans blocked legislation to combat domestic terrorism that would have allowed for debate to begin on legislation to curb gun violence after a shooting in Uvalde, Texas left 21 people dead.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said on Wednesday that the Senate would consider amendments in the larger domestic terrorism legislation.
Nathan Place26 May 2022 18:30
Uvalde High School postpones graduation after shooting
Uvalde High School is postponing its graduation ceremony as the community copes with the recent elementary school shooting, the local school district has announced.
“Out of the deepest respect for the families and our community affected by the tragedy we have experienced, the Uvalde High School Graduation Ceremony has been postponed,” the Community Independent School District said on Thursday. “This is a difficult time for everyone. Please keep all families in your prayers.”
Nathan Place26 May 2022 18:15
ICE ordered to suspend immigration enforcement on families affected by shooting
The US’ controversial Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency will not be undertaking enforcement activities at the site of this week’s school shooting in Texas, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
The shooting, which saw a lone gunman murder 19 students and two adults at the Robb Elementary school, took place in the town of Uvalde, which is about an hour’s drive from the US-Mexico border.
Many of the families whose children were killed and injured are Hispanic, and there were early claims that ICE and Border Patrol agents were present at the scene of the shooting, potentially deterring non-citizen families from coming to find out if their children had survived the massacre.
Nathan Place26 May 2022 18:00
Survivor reveals shooter’s chilling words before killing classmates
A child who survived the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas has shared the harrowing details of what happened when the shooter walked into his classroom.
“He came in and he crouched a little bit and he said, ‘It’s time to die,’” the anonymous fourth-grade boy told KENS5.
The child – whose parents hid his identity for his safety – recalled hiding under a table with a long tablecloth, which may have concealed him from the gunman and saved his life.
“When I heard the shooting through the door, I told my friend to hide under something so he won’t find us,” the boy told the news station. “I was hiding hard. And I was telling my friend to not talk because he is going to hear us.”
Nathan Place26 May 2022 17:45
How to help victims and families in Uvalde
GoFundMe has set up a dedicated page for fundraising efforts for victims and families in Uvalde. The page can be found at gofundme.com/texas-elementary.
The city of Uvalde also is accepting donations for victims at City of Uvalde, P.O. Box 799, Uvalde, Texas 78802.
A Robb Elementary Memorial Fund account also has been created with First State Bank of Uvalde for victims and families, accepted at 200 E Nopal St., Uvalde, Texas 78801 or through Zelle to [email protected]
San Antonio Legal Services Association also is seeking volunteers to help with legal assistance for victims and families. The organisation can be reached at [email protected]
Alex Woodward26 May 2022 17:31
A timeline of the Uvalde massacre
Here is what we know so far about the sequence of events leading up to and surrounding the massacre at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday.
Alex Woodward26 May 2022 17:30
Hospital shares update on four patients in their care
University Health hospital in San Antonio reports that the four victims in Tuesday’s attack under its care remain in the same condition as reported yesterday.
A 66-year-old woman (believed to be the gunman’s mother) remains in serious condition, along with a 10-year-old girl.
Another 10-year-old girl and a 9-year-old girl are good condition.
Seventeen people were injured in addition to the 21 people killed in Tuesday’s massacre.
Alex Woodward26 May 2022 17:10
Breaking: Authorities investigating police response amid conflicting witness statements
Officials are investigating the police response to the Uvalde massacre, a review that is typical in the wake of major incidents but has come under heightened scrutiny following conflicting witness reports and video showing police keeping parents at bay while the gunman – who was apparently able to bypass police – remained inside the school, where 19 children were killed.
Alex Woodward26 May 2022 17:04
Fourth-grade survivor recounts massacre inside school
“He shot the next person’s door. We have a door in the middle. He opened it. He came in and he crouched a little bit and he said, he said, ‘It’s time to die.’”
He said he told his friend to “hide under something so he won’t find us” and “to not talk because he is going to hear us.”
They hid under a tablecloth.
“When the cops came, the cop said: ‘Yell if you need help!’ And one of the persons in my class said ‘help.’ The guy overheard and he came in and shot her,” he said. “The cop barged into that classroom. The guy shot at the cop. And the cops started shooting.”
Alex Woodward26 May 2022 17:00
Schumer calls Abbott ‘an absolute fraud’ in damning Senate speech
Senate Majority Leader Chuch Schumer condemned Greg Abbott in a damning speech on the floor of the US Senate on Thursday, calling the govenror of Texas “an absolute fraud” ahead of consideration of a domestic terror bill expected to include amendments aimed at combatting the proliferation of guns.
“He asked people to put their agendas aside and think about someone other than themselves,” he said. “Governor Abbott, will you ask your MAGA buddies and your NRA pals to put aside their agendas and think of someone other than themselves?”
The governor, along with Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, is expected to attend the gun lobby meeting in Houston on Friday.
Alex Woodward26 May 2022 16:50
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