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Texas shooting – latest: Trump speaks at NRA meeting as Abbott ‘livid’ over police errors

Texas police admit ruling gunman inactive was ‘the wrong decision’

Officials have admitted to critical delays in the law enforcement response to the massacre of 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Texas.

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Police are facing growing criticism for their handling of the tragedy at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday, with accusations they did not move in fast enough to tackle lone gunman Salvador Ramos.

Steven McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, said officers did not breach a classroom door for more than an hour after initially arriving on Tuesday.

Authorities falsely believed the gunman was “barricaded” and no longer an active shooter threat, despite pleas and phone calls from terrified schoolchildren inside their classrooms.

It comes as hundreds of people gathered in Houston on Friday to protest the National Rifle Association’s annual conference, where Senator Ted Cruz and former president Donald Trump addressed the gun rights lobby group and claimed their political opponents are ‘exploiting’ the tragedy.

Meanwhile the killer’s mother has begged the victims of her son’s killings for forgiveness, but said Ramos ‘had his reasons’ for doing what he did.

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San Francisco Giants manager: ‘I don’t plan on coming out for the anthem’

San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler told reporters ahead of the team’s Memorial Day Weekend series against the Cincinnati Reds that he would be sitting out from the US national anthem on Friday and that going forward, he wouldn’t take the field for any pregame national anthems “until I feel better about the direction of our country”.

Mr Kapler wrote in a fiery blog post earlier this week following the brutal mass shooting in Uvalde that he no longer wanted to partake in moments of silence and stand for national anthems when these “thoughtless displays of celebration” seem to only “celebrate a country that refuses to take up the concept of controlling the sale of weapons used nearly exclusively for the mass slaughter of human beings”.

“When I was the same age as the children in Uvalde, my father taught me to stand for the pledge of allegiance when I believed my country was representing its people well or to protest and stay seated when it wasn’t. I don’t believe it is representing us well right now,” Mr Kapler wrote.

Read his full blog post, shared on his personal Twitter account, below:

Johanna Chisholm28 May 2022 13: 25

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Matthew McConaughey returns to Uvalde hometown to help community ‘heal’

The actor visited on Friday to console the community where he spent the first 12 years of his life.

The 52-year-old – whose mother Kay was a teacher at St Philip’s Episcopal School in Uvalde – visited staff in the city’s school district, and was photographed with them inside their building.

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The Texas school shooting victims have all been identified: This is who they are

A teacher who died a “hero” trying to protect her young pupils, and two sets of 10-year-old cousins, are among the victims identified in the Texas school shooting that saw 19 children and two teachers killed on Tuesday.

The identities of the child victims have been confirmed as eight-year-old Uziyah Garcia; Eliana “Ellie” Lugo-Garcia, aged 9; 10-year-olds Amerie Jo Garza, Makenna Lee Elrod, Xavier James Lopez, Jose Flores, Navaeh Bravo, Alithia Ramirez, Alexandria “Lexi” Rubio, Eliahana “Elijah” Cruz Torres, Tess Marie Mata, Rojelio Torres, Layla Salazar, Maite Rodriguez, cousins Jailah Nicole Silguero and Jayce Carmelo Luevanos, and cousins Jackie Jaylen Cazares and Annabelle Guadalupe Rodriguez; and 11-year-old Miranda Mathis.

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As US mourns shootings, NRA in turmoil but influence remains

Despite the carnage on Tuesday in Texas, pro-gun advocates have refused to back down.

“The problem starts with people. Not with guns.” Alabama Sen. Tommy Tuberville, who holds an A-rating and an endorsement from the NRA, told reporters Wednesday, bluntly summing up the position of many in the GOP, especially considering the party’s recent turn further right.

“I’m very sorry it happened. But guns are not the problem, okay. People are the problem. That’s where it starts. And we’ve had guns forever, and we’re gonna continue to have guns.”

Maryam Zakir-Hussain28 May 2022 10: 30

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Gunman’s mother says he ‘had his reasons for what he did’

The mother of a teenager who killed 21 people in a Texas school shooting has begged forgiveness for her son, saying he “had his reasons for doing what he did”.

Speaking after her son was shot dead by law enforcement officers, Adriana Martinez Reyes said she had no explanation for his attack on the school.

“I have no words to say. I don’t know what he was thinking,” a distraught Ms Reyes told CNN affiliate Televisa, when questioned by a reporter from the inside of a vehicle.

“He had his reasons for doing what he did and please don’t judge him. I only want the innocent children who died to forgive me.”

Click here for the full story.

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Students trapped inside classroom with gunman repeatedly called 911

Students trapped inside a classroom with a gunman repeatedly called 911 during this week’s attack on a Texas elementary school, including one who pleaded, “Please send the police now,” as officers waited more than an hour to breach the classroom after following the gunman into the building, authorities said Friday.

Miah Cerrillo, 11, told CNN that she covered herself with a friend’s blood to look dead.

After the shooter moved into an adjacent room, she could hear screams, more gunfire and music being blared by the gunman. Samuel Salinas, 10, who also played dead, told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that the assailant shot teacher Irma Garcia before firing on the kids.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain28 May 2022 10: 00

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Trump dings Abbott and other Republicans for pulling out NRA meeting after shooting in Uvalde

Former President Donald Trump mocked other Republicans for pulling out of the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in Houston after the shooting in Uvalde killed 21 people earlier this week.

Mr Trump addressed the annual meeting at the George R Brown Convention Center just three days after Salvador Ramos opened fire and killed 19 children and two adults at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

“And unlike some, I didn’t disappoint you by not showing up,” Mr Trump told the crowd to applause.

My colleague Eric Garcia has more:

Maryam Zakir-Hussain28 May 2022 09: 30

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Ted Cruz says ‘far more children’ would die if AR-15 is banned

Senator Ted Cruz has claimed banning the high-powered military-style rifle used by mass shooters in a long line of school massacres would result in more children dying because Americans would not be able to use long rifles to stop street robberies.

Mr Cruz made the outrageous claim during remarks at the National Rifle Association’s annual convention in Houston, less than 300 miles from where an 18-year-old gunman used an AR-15-style rifle he’d purchased earlier this month to murder 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School, in Uvalde, Texas.

Andrew Feinburg has more:

Maryam Zakir-Hussain28 May 2022 09: 00

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Six major police mistakes in the Uvalde shooting have Texans ‘livid’

Texas Governor Greg Abbott says he is “livid” about what he’s learned of the police response to the Uvalde mass shooting—and so are families in the tight-knit South Texas community.

“Law enforcement is going to earn the trust of the public by making sure they thoroughly and exhaustively investigate exactly what happened,” Mr Abbott said on Friday.

As more details about the school shooting emerge, it’s clear multiple law enforcement failures contributed to the tragic final death toll of 21 people, writes Josh Marcus.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain28 May 2022 08: 30

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Timeline of what happened in the Texas school shooting

Here’s what we know so far about the timeline (in central daylight time) of events leading up to, and on the day of, the shooting in Uvalde on Tuesday.

Graig Graziosi and Gustaf Kilander have the details:

Maryam Zakir-Hussain28 May 2022 07: 50

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