Congressman calls for FBI to investigate police response in Texas shooting; victims mourned in ceremonies: Live updates

Written by on May 27, 2022

A U.S. congressman is looking for the FBI to analyze regulation enforcement’s response to the massacre in Uvalde, Texas, that killed 19 children and two teachers earlier this week.

Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, wrote a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray citing conflicting studies given by police concerning the timeline of events of the shooting and officers’ interactions with the shooter. 

Texas state police have launched an examination of regulation enforcement’s response to the capturing.Witnesses and neighbors have contested officers’ statements concerning the occasions, whereas regulation enforcement officers have revised elements of their accounts. Officers have sought to guarantee the general public that they responded instantly to the capturing as complaints surfaced a couple of delay in taking motion and coming into the varsity.

Castro stated solutions have been wanted about conflicting accounts: “Whether or not the varsity safety officer and the gunman exchanged hearth outdoors the varsity,” and, “How lengthy regulation enforcement officers have been in adjoining school rooms whereas the gunman barricaded himself in a classroom with college students and lecturers.”

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Hospital releases 1 of three kids from Uvalde faculty capturing

College Hospital in San Antonio has launched a 10-year-old lady, the primary of three kids who have been being handled on the San Antonio heart after Tuesday’s assault on Robb Elementary College.

Nonetheless being handled, in response to the hospital, are a 10-year-old lady in critical situation and a 9-year-old lady in good situation.

The shooter’s 66-year-old grandmother, who had been shot within the face earlier than the gunman took her pickup to the varsity, additionally stays within the hospital in critical situation.

-Megan Menchaca, Austin American-Statesman

College shootings are on the rise. Extra children are dying from gunfire outdoors of college, too.

The capturing deaths of 19 college students and two lecturers at Robb Elementary College in Uvalde, Texas, added to a growing wave of gun deaths and violence that’s hitting American children, a USA TODAY evaluation exhibits.  

Together with the Uvalde capturing — the second-deadliest elementary faculty capturing in U.S. historical past — extra folks have died in mass killings in colleges up to now 5 years than within the prior 12 years mixed. That is in response to a database of mass killings saved by USA TODAY, the Related Press and Northeastern College. A mass killing is outlined as an incident wherein 4 or extra persons are killed, not together with the perpetrator. Read more.

-Doug Caruso, Javier Zarracina, Dan Keemahill and Dian Zhang

What we all know concerning the 21 victims

Households and neighborhood members gathered Thursday to mourn the 19 kids and two lecturers killed at Robb Elementary College in Tuesday’s bloodbath as more of the victims’ identities became known.

At a park in Uvalde, crosses bearing the names of the slain college students and lecturers have been erected. 

The 2 lecturers who have been killed, Irma Garcia and Eva Mireles, co-taught their fourth graders and have been known as hailed as heroes for shielding college students. Garcia’s husband, Joe Garcia, laid flowers at his spouse’s memorial web site, however died abruptly later Thursday, leaving their 4 kids with two funerals to plan.

The youngsters who have been killed included 10-year-old Xavier Javier Lopez, who beloved to crack jokes and dance cumbia along with his household, his mom Felicha Martinez informed The Washington Publish. 

Layla Salazar, 10, was a quick runner who gained ribbons on the faculty’s subject day and sang alongside to “Candy Baby O’ Mine” by Weapons N’ Roses on the best way to highschool every morning, her dad Vincent Salazar stated.

Jayce Luevanos, 10, awoke each morning and made his grandparents a pot of espresso, his grandfather Carmelo Quiroz stated. He was comfortable and beloved, Quiroz stated. “He was our child.” Read more.

NRA conference begins Friday; Abbott to skip in-person look

The National Rifle Association begins its annual convention in Houston on Friday, and leaders of the highly effective gun-rights lobbying group are gearing as much as “replicate on” – and deflect any blame for – the lethal capturing earlier this week in Uvalde.

Former President Donald Trump and different main Republicans are scheduled to handle the three-day firearms advertising and advocacy occasion, which is predicted to attract protesters fed up with gun violence.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott canceled an in-person appearance on the conference and as an alternative will likely be in Uvalde to talk about state assets for folks affected the mass capturing. Abbott will seem on the convention by way of a video recording, his spokeswoman Renae Eze stated. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick additionally determined to cancel his look after “prayerful consideration and dialogue with NRA officers,” he stated.

Whereas President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress have renewed requires stricter gun legal guidelines, NRA board member Phil Journey stated the main target ought to be on higher psychological well being care and attempting to forestall gun violence. He stated he wouldn’t assist banning or limiting entry to firearms.

The NRA stated in a web based assertion that folks attending the gun present will “replicate on” the Uvalde faculty capturing, “pray for the victims, acknowledge our patriotic members, and pledge to redouble our dedication to creating our colleges safe.”

McConnell alerts Republicans keen to interact on restricted gun measures

Senate Republican Chief Mitch McConnell stated Thursday he desires GOP lawmakers to work with Democrats on a legislative solution for restricted gun measures “straight associated” to the Uvalde capturing.

In what might be a possible breakthrough on gun laws, McConnell informed CNN he met with Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and inspired him to interact with key Democratic senators “in attempting to get an consequence that is straight associated to the issue. And so I’m hopeful that we may give you a bipartisan answer that is straight associated to the info of this terrible bloodbath.”

Democrats, who maintain 50 seats within the Senate, want a minimum of 60 votes to defeat a filibuster and convey laws to the ground, so any proposal will want the assist of a minimum of 10 Republicans, most of whom have proven little urge for food to go towards the gun foyer and prohibit entry to firearms.

In the meantime, a small, bipartisan group of about 10 senators met for a second time Thursday to barter laws on weapons. The three matters they mentioned included background checks for weapons bought on-line or at gun exhibits, red-flag legal guidelines designed to maintain weapons away from those that may hurt themselves or others, and packages to bolster safety at colleges and different buildings.

-Ledyard King

US surgeon common says mass shootings are a public well being disaster

U.S. Surgeon Common Dr. Vivek Murthy stated within the aftermath of the Uvalde, Texas capturing that incidents of gun violence “traumatize a whole nation.” 

In an interview with USA TODAY on Thursday, Murthy stated that gun violence is a public well being disaster within the nation, and that every incident retraumatizes individuals who have already survived shootings or who’ve been affected by the information of them. 

“Yesterday, once I dropped my son and daughter off at college, the day after this horrific capturing, there was part of me which did not need to ship them, both. I hugged them shut and didn’t need to let go once I was on the drop-off line. And I wasn’t alone,” he stated.

Lawmakers have an ethical obligation to “be sure that this time is totally different” and inform their constituents how they plan to handle gun violence, Murthy stated.

-Invoice Keveney

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Most victims reportedly shot in first minutes of carnage

Most if not all the victims have been shot throughout the first minutes after the gunman arrived on the faculty, in response to Texas regulation enforcement officers. 

Victor Escalon, South Texas regional director of the Division of Public Security, stated at a Thursday information convention that studies of a faculty district police officer confronting the suspect have been inaccurate.

“He walked in unobstructed initially,” Escalon stated. In keeping with the knowledge police have, the suspect didn’t reply to negotiation, Escalon stated. He stated nearly all of the gunfire — quite a few rounds — have been fired within the first minutes the gunman was inside the varsity.

Inside 4 minutes, police have been inside the varsity, Escalon stated. However in response to officers, it wasn’t till “roughly an hour later” when U.S. Border Management tactical groups arrived and killed the suspect.

-Celina Tebor

Contributing: Katie Corridor and John C. Moritz, Austin American-Statesman; The Related Press


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