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. Two of the victims were Eva Mireles and Irma Garcia, both teachers at the school.
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 Abbott reported at a press briefing on Wednesday.
At least 12 children who were killed in the attack have been named, 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.
After the attack, President Joe Biden urged Congress to end the “carnage” of gun violence in America, saying: “When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby?”
Abbott: ‘Put aside personal agendas and think of somebody other than ourselves’
After Texas officials were confronted by Beto O’Rourke over their resistance to gun control efforts in the wake of mass shootings, Governor Greg Abbott said “there’s no words that anybody shouting can come up here and do anything to heal those broken hearts.
“Every Texan, every American has a responsibility where we need to focus not on ourselves and our agenda,” he said. “We need to focus on the healing and hope that we can provide to those who suffered unconscionable damage to their lives and loss of life. We need all Texans, in this one moment in time, to put aside the personal agendas, and think of somebody other than ourselves, think of the people who are hurt and help those who are hurt.”
Mr O’Rourke is running as the Democratic candidate against Mr Abbott, who is seeking re-election.
Alex Woodward25 May 2022 18:58
Beto O’Rourke interrupts press briefing
Beto O’Rourke, the Democratic candidate for the governor of Texas, appeared to walk up to the stage where Governor Greg Abbott and Texas officials were giving a press briefing, and confronted and condemned the administration for its failure to combat the proliferation of guns and gun violence.
Lt Governor Dan Patrick spoke out from the stage, calling him “out of line and an embarassment.”
“I can’t believe you, a sick son of a b**** who would come to a deal like this and make a political issue,” another man could be heard saying.
Mr O’Rourke was escorted out.
Alex Woodward25 May 2022 18:51
Gunman posted ‘I’m going to shoot’ on Facebook before attack, governor says
At least 17 people have been injured in the massacre, in addition to the 19 children and two adult teachers who were fatally shot, according to the governor.
The 18-year-old gunman had no known criminal history or history of mental illness, and “there was 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 Abbott reported at a press briefing on Wednesday.
The gunman shot his grandmother in the face, and she then contacted the police as he drove off before crashing near the school, according to the governor.
Alex Woodward25 May 2022 18:44
Abbott: ‘As horrible as what happened, it could have been worse’
Governor Abbott, surrounded by elected officials and law enforcement, said as “horrible as what happened [was], it could have been worse.”
“The reason it is not worse is because law enforcement officials did what they do. They showed amazing courage by running toward gunfire for the singular purpose of trying to save lives,” he said. “It is a fact that because of their quick response, getting on the scene, being able to respond to the gunman and eliminate the gunman they were able to save lives.”
Alex Woodward25 May 2022 18:39
Governor Greg Abbott holds press briefing: ‘All Texans must come together’
Governor Greg Abbott, in emotional opening remarks at a press briefing on Wednesday, called the Uvalde massacre “intolerable and unacceptable”
“Children are a blessing. God teaches us that. They’re filled with laughted, innocence and joy. Their love is a gift that parents get to unwrap every single day. Parents in Uvalde had that gift taken away from them. Stolen by a demented person,” he said.
He added: “Days before yesterday … some were receiving awards for perfect attendance. These kids will never attend school again. To say the least Uvalde has been shaken to its core. Families are broken apart. Hearts are forever shattered. All Texans are grieving with the people of Uvalde, and people are rightfully angry about what has happened. Events like this year at the fabric of a community. Our job is to make sure the community is not going to be ripped apart.”
He urged Texans to “come together to support” the community.
“What they need now is our love. what they need know is uplifting from all of our fellow Texans and all fellow Americans,” he said.
Alex Woodward25 May 2022 18:37
Former Republican Senate Majority Leader: ‘I can’t imagine this is what the Founding Fathers hoped for’
Bill Frist, who served as the Republican Senate Majority Leader from 2003 to 2007, appeared to pressure his GOP colleagues to act on gun control legislation in the wake of the Uvalde massacre:
Alex Woodward25 May 2022 18:30
Update: At least 12 of 19 children killed in Tuesday’s massacre have been named
At least 12 of the 19 children killed in Tuesday’s attack have now been identified.
Ten-year-old Eliahana “Elijah” Cruz Torres was remembered by her softball community as a kind child and generous athlete, as posts began pouring out after news broke that the dedicated athlete was among the 19 children killed.
Jailah Silguero, also aged 10, was the youngest of four children and “the baby” of the family, her father Jacob Silguero told The New York Times.
“I can’t believe this happened to my daughter,” he said. “It’s always been a fear of mine to lose a kid.”
Alex Woodward25 May 2022 18:15
Salvador Ramos’s grandfather describes troubled teen and hidden guns
The grandfather of the gunman accused of killing 19 children and two teachers in Uvalde says he didn’t know Salvador Ramos had high-powered assault rifles at home.
“I didn’t know he had weapons,” Rolando Reyes told ABC News. “If I’d have known, I would have reported it.”
Alex Woodward25 May 2022 18:00
Uvalde police, schools and others create memorial funds and donation centres for families and victims
The city of Uvalde is accepting donations for medical expenses for the families of Robb Elementary School victims in Tuesday’s massacre, according to Uvalde police.
The First State Bank of Uvalde and the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District have also opened an account for the families.
Two funeral homes in Uvalde will also cover funeral costs.
“We have fought together as a community and we will pull together as one now in our time of need,” said Hillcrest Memorial Funeral Home. “Hillcrest will be assisting families with NO COST for funerals for all involved in today’s horrific events. Prayer for our small amazing town.”
The funeral home said its phones “have been ringing off the hook from the outcry of the entire state.”
Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary, which has supported the city for more than 60 years, said that “as the situation develops and we have the opportunity to assist our community, not one family will be charged for our services.”
Alex Woodward25 May 2022 17:42
Mitch McConnell condemns ‘deranged’ gunman in Senate floor speech
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell described the gunman who killed 19 children on Tuesday as a “deranged young man” and “maniac” but did not mention his legally purchased AR-style rifles or legislative action to prevent gun violence and the proliferation of guns in his floor speech on Wednesday.
“It’s literally sickening, sickening to consider the innocent young lives that were stolen by this pointless, senseless brutality,” he said.
Alex Woodward25 May 2022 17:19