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What went wrong as police in Uvalde waited to breach classroom

Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images(UVALDE, Texas) -- Steven McCraw, director of Texas DPS, admitted it was the "wrong decision" for officers not to go into the classroom where the suspect was for 35 minutes after a tactical unit arrived. The head of law enforcement in Texas revealed a cascading series of police missteps in the response to one of the deadliest school shootings in the nation's history. A visibly shaken Col. Steven McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, admitted that mistakes were made on the ground during an active shooter incident at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday, in which 19 children and two teachers were killed by a heavily armed gunman. The missteps began before the shooting, when   ... Read More

‘Time is the number-one enemy’: Did police in Uvalde ignore their own training?

Jesse Ortiz(UVALDE, Texas) -- Two months before Tuesday's mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that left 19 children and two adults dead, the Uvalde school district hosted an all-day training session for local police and other school-based law enforcement officers focused on "active shooter response." "First responders to the active shooter scene will usually be required to place themselves in harm's way," according to a lengthy course description posted online by the Texas agency that developed the training. "Time is the number-one enemy during active shooter response. ... The best hope that innocent victims have is that officers immediately move into action to isolate, distract or neutralize the threat, even if that means one officer acting alone." Now relatives of victims   ... Read More

Funerals for Buffalo shooting victims continue as nation grapples with gun violence

Funerals for Buffalo shooting victims continue as nation grapples with gun violenceKent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images(BUFFALO, N.Y.) -- They were grandparents, parents, friends and family, and even as the nation grapples with another mass shooting, the victims of the Buffalo, New York, shooting continue to be laid to rest this weekend. As families continue to grieve the May 14 tragedy, four victims will be laid to rest over the next several days. Geraldine Talley, 62 Talley is remembered by her friends and family "as a beautiful spirit, her dimpled smile and immense love for her family." She loved spending time with family, sitting by the water and baking, according to her obituary. Celebrated by a long line of children, siblings, nieces and nephews, she will be laid   ... Read More

Orphaned children of teacher killed in Texas elementary school shooting attend church service

Uvalde CISD(UVALDE, Texas) -- The four children of Irma and Joe Garcia turned to their faith and community as they attended mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Uvalde, Texas, Thursday night. Cristian, Jose, Lyliana and Alysandra Garcia were embraced by Rev. Eduardo Morales and parishioners. Irma was one of two teachers killed in the Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde on Tuesday. The family’s patriarch, Joe Garcia, suffered a fatal heart attack earlier Thursday, just two days after his wife was shot to death, his family confirmed. “They were good church-going people, always willing to help, always seeing what they could do to be there for the community, not only their children, and I hope that we remember how   ... Read More

Father of Sandy Hook shooting victim speaks out after Texas killings

DON EMMERT/AFP via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- When Carlos Soto saw a state police officer walking toward him with his head down, on that fateful day of Dec. 14, 2012, after a school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, he “already knew that she was gone.” Soto's daughter, Victoria Soto, a first-grade teacher at Sandy Hook, died in the deadly school rampage that killed six adults and 20 children. “That day was the hardest day of my life,” he told ABC News' "Start Here" host Brad Mielke. Soto shared his grief as a father two days after a gunman opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, killing 19 children and two adults. The mass shootings   ... Read More

East Coast on alert for tornadoes as Memorial Day weekend begins

Chad Warpinski / EyeEm/ Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The East Coast is bracing for flooding and tornadoes as Memorial Day weekend begins. A tornado watch was issued Friday from North Carolina to Virginia to Maryland. The tornado watch includes the cities of Raleigh, Richmond, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Significant storm damage has been reported in parts of Bedford County, Virginia, after severe thunderstorms rolled through. It hasn't yet been determined if the damage was from a tornado or powerful wind gusts. Friday afternoon and evening, strong storms will stretch from New York City to the Carolinas, bringing a threat of damaging winds, blinding downpours, flash flooding and more tornadoes. A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for parts of Maryland,   ... Read More

Student who survived Texas school shooting recalls gunman saying: ‘You’re all gonna die’

Brandon Bell/Getty Images(UVALDE, Texas) -- There was blood in the hallway and children were covered in it, one of the students who survived the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, told ABC News. "[The shooter] came in and said, 'You're all gonna die,' and just started shooting," Samuel Salinas, 10, recalled in an interview airing Friday on "Good Morning America." Salinas was a student in Irma Garcia's fourth-grade class. They were scheduled to graduate Thursday, but the ceremony was canceled because Garcia, another teacher and 19 third- and fourth-grade students were killed in Tuesday's massacre. Another 17 people were wounded, including three law enforcement officers. The gunman, Salvador Ramos, allegedly purchased two assault rifles just days after   ... Read More

Texas school shooting live updates: Officers waited outside classroom for 35 minutes

Texas school shooting live updates: Gunman entered unobstructed through unlocked doorYasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images(UVALDE, Texas) -- A small town in rural Texas is reeling after a gunman opened fire at an elementary school on Tuesday, killing 19 children. Two teachers were also among those killed at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, according to authorities. Prior to opening fire at the school, the suspect also allegedly shot his grandmother, officials said. The alleged gunman -- identified by authorities as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, a student at Uvalde High School -- is dead. Here's how the news is developing. All times Eastern: May 27, 5:23 pm Texas governor: 'I was misled' on police response to shooting Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said he was "misled" about the response to the Uvalde school   ... Read More

Five dead, two hurt in Pennsylvania house explosion: Officials

WPVI-TV(POTTSTOWN, Pa.) -- Five people were killed and two others were hurt in a house explosion in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, Thursday night, officials said. One of the injured is in critical but stable condition, while the second surviving victim is in surgery for unknown injuries, Pottstown Borough Manager Justin Keller said at a Friday press conference. Two homes are completely destroyed and other homes suffered damage, he said. It's not yet clear what caused the explosion, which took place just after 8 p.m. on North Washington Street, Keller said. It's believed everyone has been accounted for, Keller said. Resident Christian Gonzalez told ABC News Philadelphia station WPVI-TV he initially thought the explosion was thunder. "It shook the area," he said. Pottstown   ... Read More

What the numbers show on Americans’ opinions of gun control measures

Ting Shen/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Gun control measures are once again being debated after one of the worst school mass shootings ever has shattered a Texas community. Nineteen children and two teachers were killed Tuesday when a gunman opened fire at an elementary school in Uvalde. The suspect had legally purchased two AR-15-style rifles in the days following his 18th birthday, authorities said. Gun laws vary widely by state, with Texas home to some of the weakest in the country, according to the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Republican lawmakers in the state have repeatedly loosened gun restrictions even after recent mass shootings there. In the wake of the Uvalde shooting, several members of Congress have   ... Read More

Accused Texas gunman sent concerning messages to over a dozen people in days before shooting

Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images(UVALDE, Texas) -- In the days and weeks before one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history, the accused Robb Elementary gunman appears to have sent disturbing messages -- including claims about intentions of violence at school -- to numerous young people he met online, leaving a trail of digital red flags that appears to have gone unnoticed. Over a dozen people tell ABC News that the accused gunman, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, sent them concerning messages, across multiple social media platforms, in the days leading up to the massacre. Hours before the massacre, Ramos allegedly messaged a young girl on Instagram saying that he had a secret he wanted to tell her, according to   ... Read More

Mothers mourn children killed in Texas school shooting: ‘I lost a piece of my heart’

ABC News(UVALDE, Texas) -- The mothers of Rojelio Torres and Tess Mata, two 10-year-olds killed in the Texas elementary school shooting, spoke with ABC News about their heartbreak. "Two of my sons go to that school, but I only got one back," said Evadulia Orta, the mother of Rojelio and three other children. At least 19 children and two teachers were killed after a gunman opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, west of San Antonio, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Rojelio was described by his mother as a "very smart and loving child." "I'm going to miss him because he was my life," said Orta. "All my kids are my life, but losing that little   ... Read More

Protests planned as annual NRA meeting set to take place in Texas days after mass shooting

Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images, FILE(HOUSTON) -- The nation's largest pro-gun lobby is poised to gather in Texas days after one of the worst mass shootings in recent U.S. history unfolded in the state. Despite demands to cancel the annual meeting in light of the tragedy, the National Rifle Association's Annual Leadership Forum is scheduled to take place in Houston from Friday through Sunday. The pro-gun gathering comes days after authorities said an 18-year-old armed with an AR-15-style rifle opened fire in an elementary school classroom in Uvalde, Texas, killing 19 children and two teachers and wounding 17 people. Groups including the Harris County Democratic Party, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and March For Our Lives plan   ... Read More

Timeline: How the shooting at a Texas elementary school unfolded

Eric Thayer/Bloomberg via Getty Images(UVALDE, Texas) -- What began as a milestone marking adulthood ended in tragedy after a suspected gunman used the AR-15 style rifle he purchased days after he turned 18, authorities said. Uvalde High School student Salvador Ramos allegedly purchased two assault rifles just days after turning 18 and used them to carry out one of the worst school shootings in U.S. history -- all within a span of eight days, authorities said. Ramos was known for fighting and threatening fellow students, some classmates told ABC News. He allegedly exhibited unusual behavior such as threatening classmates and claiming to have cut scars into his face, classmates said. Authorities said during a press conference Wednesday afternoon that Ramos   ... Read More

What we know about the victims of the Texas school shooting in Uvalde so far

Courtesy of Lydia Martinez Delgado(UVALDE, Texas) -- A fourth-grade teacher, several sets of cousins and a 10-year-old boy whose family called him "the life of the party" were among those killed in a mass shooting at a Texas elementary school on Tuesday, ABC News has learned. At least 19 children and two teachers were killed after a gunman opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, west of San Antonio, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. The alleged gunman -- identified by officials as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, a student at Uvalde High School -- is dead, authorities said. "When parents drop their kids off at school, they have every expectation to know that they're going to be able   ... Read More

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