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 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, 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.
Schumer appears to reverse course, suggests Senate will take some action on gun legislation
Senate Majority Leader said the Senate will use domestic terror legislation that the upper chamber of Congress will debate on 26 May to “begin considering gun safety amendments” in the wake of the Uvalde massacre.
“The American people are tired of moments of silence, tired of the kind words offering thoughts and prayers,” he said.
Alex Woodward25 May 2022 19:53
Beto, in campaign message, says ‘if we fail in this election, then the slaughter of children in Uvalde becomes our future’
Beto O’Rourke, the Democratic candidate running against Republican Greg Abbott in the race for the next governor of Texas, said in statement through his campaign that gun massacres like the one in Uvalde “are totally predictable, direct consequences of the choices” made by Mr Abbott and the Republican-led state legislature.
The statement was issued before he appeared at the governor’s briefing.
After failing to combat the proliferation of guns in the wake of mass killings, “Abbott ignored the pleas of law enforcement and turned his back on our communities by making it easier to carry loaded guns in public,” according to Mr O’Rourke.
“The moment to stop the next slaughter is right now,” he added. “There will be more Uvaldes, El Pasos, Sutherland Springs, and Santa Fes until we decide to put the lives of our kids ahead of the political careers of gun lobby politicians like Greg Abbott.”
Governor Abbott “had seven years to save lives but has chosen to make matters worse – by rejecting universal background checks, by opposing red flag laws, by signing permitless carry, and by doing nothing to protect our communities from gun violence,” according to Mr O’Rourke.
“The only way to change this is by winning political power so that we can protect the lives of those in our lives,” he said. “We win in Texas and it becomes possible to stop this bloodshed. If we fail in this election, then the slaughter of children in Uvalde becomes our future.”
Alex Woodward25 May 2022 19:45
Meta spokesperson disputes Abbott’s description of Facebook posts
Andy Stone, a spokesman for Meta, disputed Governor Greg Abbott’s description of Facebook posts made by the gunman in the 30 minutes before Tuesday’s massacre. The governor said he posted threats to shoot his grandmother and an elementary school.
“The messages Gov. Abbott described were private one-to-one text messages that were discovered after the terrible tragedy occurred,” he wrote on Twitter.
Alex Woodward25 May 2022 19:31
Congressman who represents Uvalde says it’s not time to talk about new gun laws
Anthony Gonzales, the Republican congressman whose district includes the site of what is now the second-deadliest school shooting in US history, said Wednesday that it is not yet appropriate to discuss whether stricter gun laws are needed to prevent future massacres.
The Independent’s Andrew Feinberg reports:
Alex Woodward25 May 2022 19:30
Photos: Beto O’Rourke confronts Texas officials over inaction on gun control
“This is on you,” the Democratic candidate for Texas governor told officials at a press briefing on Wednesday. “You’re doing nothing … This is totally predictable.”
Alex Woodward25 May 2022 19:17
Texas officials deflect from proliferation of firearms and place blame on state of mental health crisis
Governor Greg Abbott said 18 year olds in Texas have been able to buy a “long gun” in the state for more than 60 years, but said that “during that time over the course of that 60 years, we have not had episodes like this.”
“Why is it for the majority of those 60 years we did not have school shootings and why is that we do now?” he said. “The reality is I don’t know the answer to that question.”
He said the state of mental health has “substantially charged” and that the state and society “need to do a better job with mental health.”
“Anybody who shoots somebody else has a mental health challenge, period. We as a government need to find a way to target that mental health challenge and do something about it,” he said.
Alex Woodward25 May 2022 19:10
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