May 26 Texas shooting news

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

Updated 12:07 a.m. ET, May 27, 2022
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3:52 a.m. ET, May 26, 2022

Former Columbine principal: Network of school leaders who experienced shootings is ready to help

From CNN's Travis Caldwell

Frank DeAngelis, longtime principal at Columbine High School is seen at his home in Arvada, Colorado on Thursday, March 17.
Frank DeAngelis, longtime principal at Columbine High School is seen at his home in Arvada, Colorado on Thursday, March 17. (Hyoung Chang/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post/Getty Images)

Frank DeAngelis, who was principal of Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999 when two gunmen killed 13 people on campus, told CNN a network of educational leaders who have experienced gun violence is available to help those at Robb Elementary School after Tuesday's shooting.

"There are about 29 of us that have actually been involved in shootings within our community. So, we reach out and we have guides just to help them wherever we can. And it's not a one-time phone call," DeAngelis said of the group, the Principal Recovery Network.  
"I will be there every step of the way to help them just as people helped me in our community."

DeAngelis said after the Columbine shooting, Bill Bond, who was then-principal of Heath High School in Kentucky when a gunman opened fire and killed three schoolmates in 1997, called him to offer his support and guidance.

"He said, ‘Frank, you don’t even know what you need at this point but just keep my number.’"

DeAngelis has since called multiple schools after mass shootings to provide the same support, he said, and has reached out and left a voice message for the principal of Robb Elementary.

"I made a comment right after Columbine — I said, you know, I just joined a club in which no one wants to be a member. And I just want to reach out."

As part of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, members of the Principal Recovery Network "reach out directly to their colleagues to provide much-needed support, share the combined wisdom of their experience with the larger principal community through various outlets, assist schools during recovery, and advocate for national school safety enhancements and violence prevention programs," according to its website.

DeAngelis credited improved police response times and the introduction of lockdown drills over the last two decades, but stressed that more must be done.

"I think back to Parkland, which occurred back on Valentine's Day 2018, and everybody was fired up and we've got to do things. And the students were stating, ‘you adults have let us down, we need to do something.’ Now four years later, we're having these same discussions. It's time to stop talking and start doing things.
"And I know last night, every parent who hugged their child as they came home last night, they put them in bed just wondering, you know, there's no guarantees. And we can't allow this evil to win out."
3:03 a.m. ET, May 26, 2022

Analysis: Why Republicans feel little political pressure for stricter gun control

Analysis from CNN's Harry Enten

The fatal shooting of 19 children and two adults on Tuesday in Uvalde, Texas, has shocked the country, evoking memories of other tragic school shootings such as Columbine, Newtown and Parkland, and renewing calls for Congress to do something.

But the response to those calls from many Republican lawmakers is the same now as it pretty much always is: The country should not have stricter gun control.

Why do these Republicans refuse to act? Beyond the fact that many believe stricter gun control would not prevent such mass shootings, a look at the data reveals that there is simply no political pressure to do so.

While there are certainly some Americans who want stricter gun control, the public at large is far more split on the issue than a lot of commonly cited polling data would have you believe.

Read the full analysis:

2:38 a.m. ET, May 26, 2022

NRA's annual meeting starts Friday in Texas. Here's what you need to know

From CNN's Devan Cole

The National Rifle Association is set to hold its 2022 annual meeting in Houston on Friday, bringing together its top brass and several notable conservatives, including former President Donald Trump, for the first time in three years.

The NRA's annual meeting was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, but this year the organization is moving ahead with its plans, holding the meeting at a time when both gun rights and the organization itself have come under intense scrutiny, especially after a shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, left 21 dead.

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1:59 a.m. ET, May 26, 2022

Analysis: America's divide on guns is keeping schoolchildren in danger

From CNN's Stephen Collinson

It's not that America can't stop its bloody sequence of mass killings. It's that it lacks the national cohesion and common will to do so.

The elementary school massacre in Texas underscored that the world's most powerful nation can't even ensure that its most vulnerable young children are safe from violent death at their desks. A more stunning failure of government would be hard to find.

A deep political and cultural estrangement on guns caused principally by the right's blocking of efforts from Democrats and moderate Republicans to pass even modest safety measures is boiling up again over Tuesday's shooting.

Mass killings are a sickeningly familiar background noise to daily life in the US, but the latest school bloodbath, which killed 19 children and two teachers, came as an especially devastating blow. It rekindled the sense of dread millions of American parents feel when say goodbye to their kids at school drop off.

And it will further scar a generation of students haunted by the perpetual fear of a school shooting -- a frightful vision for young minds that was only alleviated by Covid-19 pandemic virtual learning, which traumatized many of them in other ways.

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1:27 a.m. ET, May 26, 2022

Vigil held in Uvalde for school shooting victims

People light candles during a memorial service in Uvalde, Texas on Wednesday, May 25.
People light candles during a memorial service in Uvalde, Texas on Wednesday, May 25. (Matthew Busch for CNN)

Hundreds of people gathered at a vigil Wednesday night at the Uvalde County Fairplex, a community arena, for the victims of the school shooting at Robb Elementary.

"Amazing Grace" was played during the vigil as members of the community wept and hugged.

Family members of one of the victims killed in Tuesday's shooting at Robb Elementary School comfort each other during a prayer vigil in Uvalde, Texas on May 25.
Family members of one of the victims killed in Tuesday's shooting at Robb Elementary School comfort each other during a prayer vigil in Uvalde, Texas on May 25. (Jae C. Hong/AP)

With 21 dead and 17 others injured, the attack Tuesday was the deadliest school shooting in almost a decade and shook a nation still reeling from a mass shooting just 10 days ago.

1:28 a.m. ET, May 26, 2022

10-year-old Nevaeh Bravo identified as victim in school shooting

From CNN’s Amanda Jackson

Nevaeh Alyssa Bravo is seen in this undated family photo
Nevaeh Alyssa Bravo is seen in this undated family photo (From Bravo family)

Nevaeh Alyssa Bravo, 10, has been identified as one of the victims killed at Robb Elementary, a family member told The Washington Post.

Her cousin, Austin Ayala, told The Post that she put a smile on everyone’s face and that her family is devastated.

Her grandmother, Esmeralda Bravo, attended a vigil in Uvalde on Wednesday night. She was photographed by CNN holding an image of Nevaeh.

Funeral services for the 10-year-old are pending, according to an online obituary by Hillcrest Memorial Funeral Home.

12:35 a.m. ET, May 26, 2022

What past survivors and families have to say about the Texas school shooting

From CNN's Leah Asmelash

Again.

That was the front-page headline on the Dallas Morning News on Wednesday morning after 19 children and two teachers were killed by an 18-year-old gunman.

It's a sentiment many people are feeling. The shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas is the third mass shooting this week, according to the Gun Violence Archive, and comes days after high-profile shootings in Buffalo, New York and Orange County, California. With almost two dozen victims, it's one of the largest mass school shootings in the last decade.

"These are kids that are under 10 years old, a lot of the time. I don't even know how they begin to process it, I don't know how anybody of any age begins to process this," said David Hogg on CNN's New Day.

"This is something that never should have happened," said Hogg, who was a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, when 17 people were killed by a gunman in 2018.

As people across the country mourn, here's what parents, educators and students who lived through past school shootings are saying in the wake of what has become a national epidemic.

Read the full story:

12:18 a.m. ET, May 26, 2022

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern shares gun reform experience with US politicians

From CNN’s Elizabeth Yee

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appears on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," on Tuesday May 24.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appears on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," on Tuesday May 24. (Scott Kowalchyk/CBS/Getty Images)

While on a visit to the US, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern shared her country's experience with gun reform in a discussion with Democratic and Republican representatives on Wednesday. 

“New Zealand had its own horrific experience, and…we made changes as a result,” Ardern said, referring to the 2019 mass casualty mosque shootings in Christchurch.
“We are a nation that has very legitimate use of guns within our society…and yet still, we were able…with almost unanimous wide support to make those changes.”

Ardern said it is not for her to tell others what to do.

"It's not for me as the leader of a of a nation with different histories and experiences to tell other nations what they should or should not do," adding, "I was not here to do anything more than share the experience that New Zealand has had (in) our own reform and the role it's played."

The Prime Minister arrived in the US earlier this week on a trade mission to support export growth and the return of tourists post-Covid-19.

Reacting to the deadly school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, while appearing on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," an emotional Ardern said she saw the events “not as a politician,” but “as a mother,” adding she was “so sorry” for what happened.

12:01 a.m. ET, May 26, 2022

Here are the latest developments in the Uvalde elementary school mass shooting

As the town of Uvalde in South Texas mourns the killing of 19 students and two teachers at an elementary school, a vigil was held for the victims at a community arena Wednesday night.

"Amazing Grace" was played as those in attendance wept and hugged.

The mass shooting on Tuesday has again spurred statewide and national conversations over gun control, following on two others over a two-week period at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, and a church in Laguna Woods, California.

Here are the latest developments in the Uvalde shooting:

  • 10-year-old “died trying to save her classmates,” father learned: Angel Garza, the father of Amerie Jo Garza, told CNN that his daughter was trying to help her classmates as the attack unfolded at Robb Elementary School. Angel Garza, who works as a med aide, learned this while arriving on the scene to help the shooting victims. Two students in the classroom confirmed that his daughter was trying to call police when she got shot, he said. "One little girl was just covered in blood head-to-toe," Garza said. "I asked her what was wrong, and she said she ‘was OK.’ She was hysterical saying they shot her best friend. ‘She’s not breathing, and she tried to call the cops.’ I asked her what’s her name and she said, she told me ‘Amerie,’ she said Amerie."
  • 4th-grade teacher “was a hero,” killed while protecting children: Irma Garcia, a fourth-grade teacher at Robb Elementary, was one of the two adult victims of Tuesday's shooting. A GoFundMe page set up to raise funds for funeral expenses and family needs described Garcia as a wife and a mother to four children. It added: “She sacrificed herself protecting the kids in her classroom. She was a hero. She was loved by many and will truly be missed.” According to her school profile, It was her fifth year as a co-teacher with Eva Mireles, who was also gunned down at the elementary school.
  • Border Patrol chief: Scene was incredibly disturbing: More than 100 federal officers responded to the shooting, according to a top Customs and Border Protection official, and the commander of the Del Rio sector of the Border Patrol told CNN the crime scene was disturbing. "I took my agents back to the Uvalde section, and I had to bring new uniforms for them to change into," Chief Patrol Agent Jason Owens said. When asked why, Owens responded, "Covered in blood. What this person did was evil."
  • Funeral home arrangements: The bodies of nine victims were to be released Wednesday to funeral homes, Judge Lalo Diaz tells CNN, and the remaining 12 bodies will be released by Thursday. The body of the shooter is in another county’s morgue, Diaz noted, telling CNN that the priority is to handle the victims and then they will worry about his remains.
  • Grandmother of shooter remains in serious condition: The 66-year-old woman in serious condition and being treated at a San Antonio hospital is the shooter’s grandmother, officials confirmed Wednesday. She had been airlifted in critical condition to the hospital after being shot by the gunman, officials said. 
  • Gunman was inside school for 40-60 minutes: The shooter was on the premises for up to an hour before law enforcement forcibly entered a classroom and killed him, officials said Wednesday. Rep. Tony Gonzales, whose district includes Uvalde, told CNN he was briefed that the gunman was in a standoff with police, barricading himself for about a half-hour while the rest of the students and faculty at the school were evacuated.
  • President to visit Uvalde in days ahead: President Biden announced Wednesday that he will be traveling to Texas "in the coming days" to meet with the families mourning the loss of their loved ones. “As a nation, I think we all must be there for them. Everyone,” Biden said. “And we must ask when in God’s name will we do what needs to be done to if not completely stop fundamentally change the amount of the carnage that goes on in this country.”