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Details emerge in killing of 19 youngsters, 2 lecturers at Texas elementary faculty

Details emerge in killing of 19 youngsters, 2 lecturers at Texas elementary faculty

Texas Governor Gregg Abbott speaks to the media at Uvalde High School, the day after a gunman killed 19 youngsters and two lecturers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, U.S. May 25, 2022. 

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The man who gunned down 19 youngsters and two lecturers within the Texas elementary faculty bloodbath wrote “I’m going to shoot an elementary school” in a Facebook message quarter-hour earlier than he barricaded himself inside a classroom and fired indiscriminately, officers mentioned Wednesday.

The gunman gave “no meaningful forewarning” of the violence he meant to unleash aside from the Facebook message and two others that got here earlier than it, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott mentioned at a information convention.

The two different messages mentioned: “I’m going to shoot my grandmother” and “I shot my grandmother.”

Andy Stone, a spokesperson for Meta, Facebook’s dad or mum firm, mentioned the warnings had been despatched in personal one-to-one textual content messages that had been discovered after the capturing. Facebook is cooperating with legislation enforcement, he mentioned in a tweet.

The shooter has been recognized as Salvador Rolando Ramos, 18.

After he shot his grandmother within the face, he drove to Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, crashed his automotive close by and carried a rifle inside, Abbott mentioned at a information convention that devolved into chaos.

Beto O’Rourke, a Democratic candidate for governor of Texas, interrupted the information convention, telling Abbott that the capturing was “totally predictable” and that he was “doing nothing.”

O’Rourke was met by a number of expletives from the stage, with somebody calling him a “sick son of a b—-” as police escorted him out.

Abbott blamed the capturing on psychological well being challenges, not easy accessibility to semi-automatic weapons and different weapons.

All victims had been in a single classroom

He “just began shooting anyone that was in his way,” he added.

Olivarez, a father, called the gunman a “complete evil person.”

Officers who were first to the scene heard the gunfire and tried to get in but were met with a barrage of bullets, he said. Some of them were hit.

Unable to immediately put a stop to the carnage in the classroom, officers worked to evacuate students and staff members from other parts of the building.

One teacher told NBC News that when she heard an explosion of gunfire down the hall, she ordered her students to get under their desks and raced to the classroom door, locking it.

The sound of wailing could be heard down the hall, the teacher said. Some of her students started crying. 

It was “the longest 35 minutes of my life,” the teacher said.

Inside the classroom where the gunman barricaded himself, teachers Eva Mireles and Irma Garcia appeared to be trying to protect their students when they were fatally shot, relatives said.

Many of the students who were killed were in the fourth grade. The gunman fired at one, Amerie Jo Garza, as she tried to dial 911, her grandmother Berlinda Irene Arreola told The Daily Beast.

Other students confirmed to have been killed include Xavier Lopez, 10; Jose Flores Jr., 10; Uziyah Garcia; Alithia Ramirez; Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez, 10; Eliahana Cruz Torres, 10; Eliahna “Ellie” Garcia, 10; Rojelio Torres, 10; Jacklyn Cazares, 10; Jailah Nicole Silguero; Jayce Carmelo Luevanos; Alexandria “Lexi” Aniyah Rubio; Tess Mata; and Makenna Lee Elrod.

People gather at Robb Elementary School, the scene of a mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, May 25, 2022.

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Abbott said Wednesday that one of the children who were killed was the daughter of a deputy sheriff.

‘We’re here for Uvalde’

Under a flag flying at half mast, a crying woman distributed flowers and balloons to mourners gathered at San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio for an evening vigil to honor the victims of Tuesday’s massacre.

It was one of at least three vigils held across the state Wednesday.

“We’re here for Uvalde,” said Mayor Ron Nirenberg. “We’re here to be a witness to the collective trauma.”

Interfaith leaders and local officials joined together in a half circle as the cathedral’s bell rolled 21 times, once for each victim.

One by one, 21 balloons floated up as dozens of mourners turned west towards Uvalde. 

Off-duty Border Patrol agent involved in killing gunman, sources say

Four members of elite Border Patrol tactical teams were part of the group of law enforcement officers that went into the classroom and killed the Uvalde gunman, a Customs and Border Protection official said.

One of the officers went in first with a holding shield, the CBP official said. The other three fired their weapons. It’s unclear whose gun fired the bullet that hit the the shooter.

The sources said the gunman was killed as he continued firing from a behind a barricade. A CBP agent was wounded, the sources said.

Many agents live in Uvalde and have connections with the school. Both on- and off-duty Border Patrol personnel arrived at the scene to transfer students to safety, a Department of Homeland Security spokesperson said.

Seventeen more people were injured, Abbott said Wednesday. Their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

University Hospital in San Antonio said a 66-year-old woman and a 10-year-old girl listed in critical condition Tuesday were in serious condition Wednesday. A 10-year-old girl remains in good condition, and a 9-year-old girl previously listed in fair condition is now in good condition. The children’s families are with them, the hospital said.

Uvalde Memorial Hospital received 14 patients, 11 of whom were described as children ages 8 to 10, CEO Tom Nordwick said Tuesday evening. Four have been released, and two, a male and a female, were dead on arrival, Nordwick said.

Brooke Army Medical Center at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston said two adults listed in critical condition Tuesday were in serious condition Wednesday.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the patients, families and the community of Uvalde,” the facility said in a tweet.

The our bodies of those that had been killed have been faraway from the varsity, Olivarez mentioned Wednesday. All of their households have been notified.

Motive stays unclear

The gunman shot his grandmother, who was hospitalized in vital situation, earlier than he drove towards the varsity.

The shooter legally owned two AR-15-style lengthy rifles, a Smith & Wesson M&P 15 and a Daniel Defense DDM4 V7. He left one behind and took the opposite into the varsity.

He additionally was sporting not less than a tactical vest, however it’s unclear whether or not he was sporting physique armor, Olivarez informed MSNBC. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is working with investigators, who’re attempting to acquire video from inside the varsity.

In this aerial view, legislation enforcement works on scene at Robb Elementary School the place not less than 21 folks had been killed yesterday, together with 19 youngsters, on May 25, 2022 in Uvalde, Texas.

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The shooter had no grownup prison historical past, and investigators are having bother discovering any hint of buddies, Olivarez mentioned. He purchased the rifles shortly after his birthday, officers mentioned.

He had attended highschool within the close-knit group, about 85 miles west of San Antonio. Abbott mentioned investigators imagine the shooter was a highschool dropout.

Juan Alvarez, 62, who has been in a relationship with the shooter’s mom for a couple of 12 months and lives along with her, mentioned the gunman left the house about two months in the past after he and his mother had an intense argument after he disconnected the Wi-Fi. The two would typically battle, Alvarez mentioned.

“He was kind of a weird one. I never got along with him. I never socialized with him. He doesn’t talk to nobody,” he mentioned. “When you try to talk to him he’d just sit there and walk away.”

An overwhelming variety of faculty shooters — 80 % — show warning indicators forward of their assaults, resembling discussing them on-line or in individual, mentioned Jillian Peterson, an affiliate professor of criminology and prison justice at Hamline University in Minnesota.

“The most common is they tell their classmates,” mentioned Peterson, who has studied tons of of mass shooters. “We’ve studied school shootings where 50 students knew the perpetrator was thinking about it.

“We have a tendency to consider these perpetrators as monsters, these outdoors, evil, terrible individuals who do these horrific issues, and naturally, what they’re doing is monstrous. But we do not consider them as insiders — that they’re our classmates, our neighbors, our buddies, our youngsters,” Peterson said. “It’s exhausting to think about that the individual sitting in entrance of you does this.”

The shooter’s grandfather told ABC News he had no idea his grandson had purchased rifles or that they were in his house.

Residents bring flowers for a makeshift memorial outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on May 25, 2022.

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Because the grandfather, Rolando Reyes, 72, is a felon, he cannot live in a house with firearms, the news outlet reported. If he had known, Reyes would have turned his grandson in, he told ABC News.

In a statement, the National Rifle Association shared “sympathies” with the families of the victims.

“Although an investigation is underway and info are nonetheless rising, we acknowledge this was the act of a lone, deranged particular person,” the NRA said in a statement. “As we collect in Houston, we are going to replicate on these occasions, pray for the victims, acknowledge our patriotic members and pledge to redouble our dedication to creating our colleges safe.”

The NRA’s annual conference will be held in Houston over the weekend, three days and less than 300 miles from the massacre.

Former President Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Abbott are expected to speak.

CORRECTION (May 25, 2022, 9:03 p.m. ET): A previous version of this article misstated who disconnected the Wi-Fi. It was the gunman, not his mother.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.



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