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

Texas elementary school shooting: Live from Uvalde, Texas

Onlookers have said they urged police to move into the primary school as officers stood by while a gunman was carrying out his rampage, which killed 19 students and two teachers.

The father of 10-year-old victim Jacklyn Cazares said he even suggested to go in himself with other bystanders as he was frustrated police were not doing it themselves.

Details are starting to emerge from the attack and the 18-year-old shooter behind it.

the teenage gunman, identified as Salvador Ramosbarricaded himself inside a classroom before killing the fourth-grade students at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde on Tuesday.

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

Facebook has confirmed that he sent a direct message online around 10 minutes before the attack warning that he was going to shoot up an elementary school.

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Desperate parents urged ‘unprepared’ police to stop Texas primary school gunman

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

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

My colleague Matt Mathers have more details:

Chiara Giordano26 May 2022 09:55

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ICYMI: Teenage gunman posted ‘lil secret’ Instagram message before shooting 21 people dead

The Texas school shooter who gunned down 19 children and two teachers messaged a woman online just hours earlier saying: “I got a lil secret I wanna tell you.”

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

Read more on this story here:

Chiara Giordano26 May 2022 09:25

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ICYMI: Gunman ‘wasn’t violent person’, mother says

The shooter’s gunman has broken her silence following the school attack that killed 19 students and two teachers and says that her son “wasn’t a violent person”, Graeme Massie reports.

Zoe Tidmann26 May 2022 08:58

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Tributes paid to victims

Tributes and memorials are being 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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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 Tidmann26 May 2022 08:36

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Who are the victims?

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

Zoe Tidmann26 May 2022 08:18

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ICYMI: Texas teen arrested with pistol at school day after mass shooting

Texas police arrested a boy in possession of an AK-47-style pistol and a toy AR-15-style rifle at school on Wednesday, the day after a mass shooting in the state left 21 dead at an elementary school in the small town of Uvalde, Josh Marcus reports.

Police were called on Wednesday morning in the town of Richardson, a Dallas suburb, on reports that a male was seen walking towards Berkner High School holding what looked like a rifle.

Zoe Tidmann26 May 2022 08:03

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‘Second amendment not absolute’

President Joe Biden said Wednesday that “the Second Amendment is not absolute” as he called for new gun control measures in the wake of this week’s massacre at a Texas elementary school.

When the amendment was approved, “you couldn’t own a cannon. You couldn’t own certain kinds of weapons. There’s always been limitations,” said the president while speaking at the White House before signing an executive order on policing on the second anniversary of George Floyd’s death.

US President Joe Biden signs an executive order enacting further police reform in the East Room of the White House on 25 May 2022 in Washington, DC

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US President Joe Biden signs an executive order enacting further police reform in the East Room of the White House on 25 May 2022 in Washington, DC

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He that he would visit Texas with first lady Jill Biden in the coming days to “hopefully bring some little comfort to the community.”

“As a nation, I think we must all be there for them,” the president added. “And we must ask, when in God’s name will we do what’s needed to be done.”

namita singh26 May 2022 06:55

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States divided on gun controls law

After Tuesday’s massacre at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Democratic governors and lawmakers across the country issued impassioned pleas for Congress and their own legislatures to pass gun restrictions.

But aside from a few Democratic-controlled states, the majority have taken no action on gun control in recent years or have moved aggressively to expand gun rights.

That’s because they are either controlled politically by Republicans who oppose gun restrictions or are politically divided, leading to a stalemate.

“Here I am in a position where I can do something, I can introduce legislation, and yet to know that it almost certainly is not going to go anywhere is a feeling of helplessness,” said state senator Greg Leding, a Democrat in the GOP -controlled Arkansas Legislature. He has unsuccessfully pushed for red flag laws that would allow authorities to remove firearms from those determined to be a danger to themselves or others.

Republicans, including Texas Governor Greg Abbott, have mostly called for amping up the efforts to address mental health and increase protections at school.

Read more in this report:

namita singh26 May 2022 06:52

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Schumer sets in motion firearms background check bills

Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer has quickly set in motion a pair of firearms background check bills in response to the elementary school shooting in Texas.

“Please, please, please damn it — put yourselves in the shoes of these parents just for once,” said Mr Schumer as he implored his Republican colleagues to cast aside the powerful gun lobby.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer speaks to reporters at the US Capitol 24 May 2022 in Washington

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer speaks to reporters at the US Capitol 24 May 2022 in Washington

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“If the slaughter of schoolchildren can’t convince Republicans to buck the NRA, what can we do?”

Earlier on Tuesday night, President Joe Biden told the nation it was time to “turn this pain into action” and change gun laws.

“Why are we willing to live with this carnage?” he said, hoarsely and visibly emotional. “Where in God’s name is our backbone, to have the courage to deal with this and stand up to the [gun] lobbies?”

namita singh26 May 2022 06:44

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Majority of Americans support tighter gun control laws, finds a poll

While most Americans support tighter gun laws, fewer are confident that politicians will take action, found a Reuter-Ipsos poll released on Wednesday.

In the poll conducted one day after a Texas gunman killed 21 people at an elementary school, about 84 per cent of respondents said they supported background checks for all firearms sales.

Gun-control advocates hold a vigil outside of the National Rifle Association (NRA) headquarters following the recent mass shooting at Robb Elementary School on 25 May 2022 in Fairfax, Virginia

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Gun-control advocates hold a vigil outside of the National Rifle Association (NRA) headquarters following the recent mass shooting at Robb Elementary School on 25 May 2022 in Fairfax, Virginia

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About 70 per cent of 940 participants said they backed “red flag” laws that would allow authorities to confiscate guns from people found to be a threat to public safety. Another 72 per cent supported raising the age to buy a gun from 18 to 21.

However, only 35 per cent of the respondents felt that Congress will act to strengthen gun laws this year, while 49 per cent said they were “not confident” this would happen.

A majority of participants, about 65 per cent, believed that mass shooting incidents happened frequently because of the easy availability of firearms.

namita singh26 May 2022 06:13

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