May 25 Texas shooting news

By Travis Caldwell, Seán Federico-O'Murchú, Adrienne Vogt, Aditi Sangal, Melissa Macaya and Mike Hayes, CNN

Updated 7:04 p.m. ET, May 26, 2022
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1:46 p.m. ET, May 25, 2022

Grandmother of gunman contacted police after she was shot in the face, Texas governor says

(CNN)
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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said the 18-year-old gunman first shot his grandmother in the face before going into Robb Elementary School and killing 19 children and two teachers.

She called the police, and the gunman fled, had an accident with a vehicle outside the school and then went into the school, the governor said.

1:39 p.m. ET, May 25, 2022

Texas governor says "people are rightfully angry" after Uvalde school shooting

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott opened a press conference the day after a school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, left 21 people dead by saying that "people are rightfully angry" about what happened.

"These kids will never attend school again. To say the least, Uvalde has been shaken to its core. Families are broken apart heart are forever shattered. All Texans are grieving with the people of Uvalde. And people are rightfully angry about what has happened. Events like this, they tear at the fabric of the community. Our job is to ensure that the community is not going to be ripped apart. All Texans must come together and support the families who have been affected by this horrific tragedy."

The press conference is ongoing.

1:35 p.m. ET, May 25, 2022

10-year-old Lexi Rubio's parents say "she had a bright future" before her life was cut short by gunman

Lexi Rubio
Lexi Rubio (courtesy Felix and Kimberly Rubio)

Felix and Kimberly Rubio celebrated their daughter Lexi making the All-A honor roll and receiving a good citizen award at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday shortly before the shooting that claimed her life.

Lexi was 10 years old and in the fourth grade, her parents told CNN.

“We told her we loved her and would pick her up after school. We had no idea this was goodbye,” Kimberly Rubio wrote in a post on Facebook.

The parents told CNN they were proud of their daughter.

“She was kind, sweet, and appreciated life. She was going to be an all-star in softball and had a bright future whether it’s sports or academic. Please let the world know we miss our baby,” they said.

1:34 p.m. ET, May 25, 2022

NOW: Texas Gov. Abbott holds a news conference a day after the Uvalde elementary school shooting

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is holding a news conference to provide an update after Tuesday's mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in the town of Uvalde.

He is joined by Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, other state lawmakers, Uvalde police chief Pete Arredondo and other officials.

The conference is being held at Uvalde High School.

12:58 p.m. ET, May 25, 2022

US defense secretary offers condolences to victims' families: "Today, we are all citizens of Uvalde"

From CNN's Ellie Kaufman

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(Air Force Academy)

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said that “today, we are all citizens of Uvalde” at the beginning of his commencement remarks at the US Air Force Academy graduation ceremony in Colorado Springs, on Wednesday, the day after a deadly shooting left 19 children and two teachers dead. 

“All of us here today are moms and dads, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, and our hearts break for them, and for the unspeakable grief that they are enduring,” Austin said. “We cannot assuage that grief, we know that. But we can endeavor to keep them and the loved ones that they lost close to our hearts and deep in our prayers.”

“So today, we are all citizens of Uvalde,” he added. 

Austin extended his condolences and “those of the entire department” of Defense to the people of Uvalde, Texas, in his opening comments.

At the beginning of the graduation ceremony, Chaplain Col. Julian Gaither held a moment of silence for the victims of the shooting. 

12:38 p.m. ET, May 25, 2022

Gabby Giffords' husband Sen. Mark Kelly says doing nothing about the Texas mass shooting "is nuts"

From Ali Zaslav and Jessica Dean

Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly expressed his outrage over the deadly Uvalde school shooting, telling reporters on Wednesday that "it's f--king nuts to do nothing about this."

Kelly's wife, former Rep. Gabby Giffords, was critically wounded after being shot by a gunman outside a supermarket in 2011.

The couple has been active in calling for gun reform and responsible gun ownership.

12:15 p.m. ET, May 25, 2022

Uvalde funeral homes will cover funerals for victims at no cost

From CNN’s Amanda Watts

The two funeral homes in Uvalde will cover the cost of funerals for those who were killed Tuesday during the Robb Elementary School shooting.

In a post on Facebook, Hillcrest Memorial Funeral Home said: “We have fought together as a community and we will pull together as one now in our time of need.”

“Hillcrest will be assisting families with NO COST for funerals for all involved in today’s horrific events. Prayer for our small amazing town,” according to the post.

The funeral home said they are “lost for words … our phones have been ringing off the hook from the outcry of the entire state.”

Additionally, the Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary said they have supported the Uvalde community for more than 60 years. “Today, our resolve is stronger than ever. We are here for the people of Uvalde and our professionals are currently at Robb Elementary assisting law enforcement.”

“As the situation develops and we have the opportunity to assist our community, not one family will be charged for our services,” they said.

12:05 p.m. ET, May 25, 2022

Uvalde school district sets up memorial fund donation account

From CNN’s Amanda Watts

Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District (UCISD) has opened a memorial fund to accept donations for those affected by the shooting at Robb Elementary School, according to a tweet.

On Wednesday, UCISD said “an account has been opened at First State Bank of Uvalde for the families of Robb Elementary. If you would like to donate, you can do so at any FSB branch.” The tweet also gives details on how to donate.

5:48 p.m. ET, May 25, 2022

McConnell blames "maniac" for Texas killings, doesn't address possible solutions to recurring mass shootings

From CNN's Ted Barrett

(Senate TV)
(Senate TV)

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell delivered an emotional speech on the Senate floor Wednesday following a mass shooting in a Texas school a day earlier.  

The top Senate Republican put the blame clearly on the shooter, whom he described as a “deranged young man” and “maniac,” echoing the views of many Republicans that mental illness is the root cause of many of these recurring tragedies.   

McConnell didn’t make any mention of the 18-year-old shooter’s easy access to high-powered weapons or any possible preventative legislative solutions.

In his speech, McConnell said it is “literally sickening to think of the innocent young lives stolen” and that he was praying for everyone involved. 

In separate interviews with CNN, Florida GOP Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott pushed back on calls for AR-15s and semi-automatic weapons to be banned and dismissed demands for expanded background checks. Rubio instead said he would try to force a vote today on a measure to bolster school safety in other ways.

In a back-and-forth with CNN, Rubio contended that expanded background checks would not solve the problem and said even if Washington banned AR-15s, a killer would find a different weapon.

Listen, at the end of day, you're arguing about what they're using to commit this, and the truth of matter is these people are going to commit these horrifying crimes whether they have to use another weapon to do it; they're going to figure out a way to do it,” Rubio said.

When asked about the prospect of banning AR-15s, Scott said, “I think we have in our Constitution our Second Amendment rights, and we shouldn’t take away rights for law-abiding citizens.”