Texas shooting latest: Police ‘waited outside despite calls for action’

Texas elementary school shooting: Live from Uvalde, Texas

Onlookers said they urged police to move into the primary school as officers stood by as a gunman went on the rampage, which killed 19 students and two teachers.

The 10-year-old victim’s father, Jacklyn Cazares, said he even suggested going in himself with other passers-by as he was frustrated that the police weren’t doing it themselves.

Details are beginning to emerge about the attack and the 18-year-old shooter behind it.

The teenage gunman, identified as Salvador Ramos, barricaded himself in a classroom before killing fourth-grade students at Robb Primary School in Uvalde on Tuesday.

The suspect, with no known criminal history or history of mental illness, was shot by an officer at the scene after approximately 60 minutes.

Facebook confirmed that it sent a direct message online about 10 minutes before the attack warning it was going to shoot at an elementary school.

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Former Columbine High School principal says Education Leaders Network is ‘ready to help’

A network of education leaders who have been victims of gun violence is ready to help those affected by the Texas shooting, the former Columbine High School principal said.

Frank DeAngelis was running Columbine, Colorado in 1992 when two gunmen killed 13 people on campus.

“There are about 29 of us who have been involved in shootings within our community,” he said.

“So we are reaching out and we have guides just to help them wherever we can. And it’s not a one-time phone call,” DeAngelis said of the group, the Principal Recovery Network.

“I will be there every step of the way to help them, just as people have helped me in our community.”

Matt MatherMay 26, 2022 11:20 a.m.

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False claims about shooter’s identity distract from ‘real problem’, disinformation expert says

False claims about the identity of the teenager who killed 21 people at a Texas school are distracting from the real issue of gun control, a disinformation expert has claimed.

Jaime Longoria, director of research at the Disinfo Defense League, was responding to unsubstantiated allegations that the killer was an immigrant living in the United States illegally or transgender.

The allegations reflect broader issues of racism and intolerance towards transgender people and aim to blame minority groups who already experience higher rates of online harassment and hate crimes, Longoria said.

“It’s a tactic that serves two purposes: it avoids real conversations about the issue (of gun violence), and it gives people who don’t want to face reality a patsy, it gives them someone to blame. “, added Longoria.

Matt MatherMay 26, 2022 11:05 a.m.

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Facebook rejects Abbott’s claim that the shooter posted publicly before the massacre

Facebook has dismissed a claim by Greg Abbott that the Texas school gunman posted publicly on the platform before opening fire on a classroom, killing 21 people.

At a press conference on Wednesday, the Texas governor said the gunman posted on Facebook about 30 minutes before reaching the school.

Facebook spokesman Andy Stone said shortly after the comments that the posts described by the governor were “private text messages that were discovered after the terrible tragedy.”

“We are cooperating closely with law enforcement in their ongoing investigation,” he added.

Matt MatherMay 26, 2022 10:45 a.m.

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States still divided on gun control

Washington Governor Jay Inslee was quick to respond to this week’s carnage at a Texas elementary school, sending out a tweet listing gun control measures taken by the Democratic-controlled state. He ended with: “Your turn Congress.”

But gun control measures are likely going nowhere in Congress, and they have also become increasingly rare in most states. Aside from several Democratic-controlled states, the majority have either taken no action on gun control in recent years or taken aggressive steps to expand gun rights.

This is because they are either politically controlled by Republicans who oppose gun restrictions or are politically divided leading to a stalemate.

“Here I’m in a position where I can do something, I can introduce legislation, and yet knowing that it’s almost certainly not going anywhere is a feeling of helplessness,” said State Senator Greg Leding. , a GOP Democrat. -Oversight of the Arkansas Legislative Assembly. He has lobbied unsuccessfully for red flag laws that would allow authorities to remove firearms from those determined to be a danger to themselves or others.

After Tuesday’s massacre at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, which left 19 students and two teachers dead, Democratic governors and lawmakers across the country have made impassioned pleas to Congress and their own legislatures. to enact gun restrictions. Republicans have primarily called for more efforts to tackle mental health and strengthen protections in schools, such as adding security guards.

Among them is Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who has repeatedly spoken out about youth mental health issues and said tougher gun laws in places like New York and California are ineffective. . In Tennessee, GOP Rep. Jeremy Faison tweeted that the state should have security guards “in all of our schools,” but backed off from promising to introduce legislation during the state’s legislative session. next year: “Evil exists and we must protect the innocent from it,” Faison said.

Matt MatherMay 26, 2022 10:33 a.m.

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Gunman posted messages on Facebook saying he was ‘going to shoot an elementary school’

Salvador Ramos posted messages on Facebook saying he was “going to shoot an elementary school” 15 minutes before his deadly attack, he has revealed.

A 15-year-old girl from Germany told The New York Times that Ramos had texted him just before the shooting, saying “I’m going to shoot a grade school rn.”

Graeme Massie has the whole story:

Chiara GiordanoMay 26, 2022 10:19 a.m.

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Desperate parents urged ‘unprepared’ police to arrest Texas elementary school shooter

Police responding to the Texas school massacre have been accused of being “unprepared” and failing to respond quickly enough to the mass shooting at the school.

Officers had to be urged into the building where the gunman’s rampage killed 21 people, witnesses to the atrocity said.

My colleague Matt Mather has more details:

Chiara GiordanoMay 26, 2022 9:55 a.m.

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ICYMI: Armed teen posted ‘little secret’ Instagram message before shooting 21 people dead

The Texas school shooter who shot dead 19 children and two teachers messaged a woman online hours earlier saying, “I have a little secret I want to tell you.”

Salvador Ramos, 18, appeared to hint at his plans to attack Robb Elementary in Uvalde in an alleged private Instagram conversation with the woman, telling her “I’m about to do it.”

Read more about this story here:

Chiara GiordanoMay 26, 2022 9:25 a.m.

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ICYMI: Shooter ‘was not a violent person’, says mother

The shooter has broken his silence after the school attack killed 19 pupils and two teachers and says his son ‘was not a violent person’. Graeme Massie reports.

Zoe TidmanMay 26, 2022 8:58 a.m.

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Tributes paid to the victims

Tributes and memorials are paid to the 21 victims of the shooting. See here:

Flowers are placed on a makeshift memorial in front of Robb Elementary School

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Flowers are placed on a makeshift memorial in front of Robb Elementary School

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A woman holds a photo of Nevaeh Bravo, who was killed in the mass shooting, during a vigil for the victims of the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde

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Zoe TidmanMay 26, 2022 8:36 a.m.

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Who are the victims ?

Nineteen children and two teachers were killed in the school shooting on Tuesday.

Zoe TidmanMay 26, 2022 8:18 a.m.

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