May 26 Texas shooting news

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


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.”
12:54 a.m. ET, May 26, 2022

Here are the new details that have emerged so far about the Texas elementary school shooting

President Biden announced he will visit Texas "in the coming days" to meet the grieving families after a gunman killed 19 children and two adults at the Robb Elementary School in the town of Uvalde on Tuesday.

More information has come to light about how Tuesday's events unfolded and the lives claimed by the gunman:

The victims:

  • Lexi Rubio, 10, has been identified by her parents as one of the victims. Felix and Kimberly Rubio celebrated their daughter making the All-A honor roll and getting a good citizen award at Robb Elementary on Tuesday, shortly before the shooting. In a text message to CNN, Felix and Kimberly Rubio said, “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.”
  • Jose Flores Jr., 10, was one of the victims, his father Jose Flores Sr. told CNN. Flores said his son was in the fourth grade and loved baseball and video games. “He was always full of energy,” Flores said. “Ready to play till the night.” Flores also described his son as an amazing kid and big brother to his two siblings. 
  • Uziyah Garcia, 10, has been identified as one of the victims, his family confirmed to CNN. Garcia was in fourth grade, his aunt Nikki Cross told CNN. His uncle, Mitch Renfro, described Garcia as a “great kid. Full of life. Loved anything with wheels, and video games.” Garcia leaves behind two sisters. 
  • Eva Mireles, a fourth-grade teacher, was among those killed, her aunt, Lydia Martinez Delgado, told CNN. She had been an educator for 17 years and in her off time enjoyed running, hiking, biking and spending time with her family, according to her profile on the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District website.
  • Irma Garcia, a fourth-grade teacher, has been identified as a victim and confirmed through a GoFundMe page. A wife and mother to four children, she was "Sweet, kind, loving. Fun with the greatest personality," the page said, adding, "She sacrificed herself protecting the kids in her classroom. She was a hero."
  • Xavier Lopez, a 10-year-old has been identified as one of the victims, his mother Felicha Martinez confirmed to the Washington Post. “He was funny, never serious and his smile,” Martinez told the paper. 
  • Amerie Jo Garza, 10, was identified by her father as one of the children killed. Angel Garza posted to Facebook early Wednesday: "My little love is now flying high with the angels above. Please don’t take a second for granted. Hug your family. Tell them you love them. I love you Amerie Jo. Watch over your baby brother for me," said the father.
  • Annabell Guadalupe Rodríguez, 10, was among the children killed, her family confirmed to CNN affiliate KHOU. She was a third-grader at the school, and her family said that she was in the same classroom as her cousin, who was also shot and killed.
  • Eliana “Ellie” Garcia, 9, was among those killed, her family told KHOU. Rogelio Lugo and Nelda Lugo, Garcia’s grandparents, told the Los Angeles Times she loved the movie “Encanto,” cheerleading and basketball, and dreamed of becoming a teacher.
  • Eliahana “Elijah” Cruz Torres, 10, has been identified as one of the victims, her aunt Leandra Vera told CNN.  “Our baby gained her wings,” Vera said.
  • Tess Marie Mata, 10, has been identified as one of the victims, her sister told the Washington Post. The fourth-grader loved TikTok dances, Ariana Grande and the Houston Astros, and was saving money so that the whole family could go to Disney World, her sister said.
  • Nevaeh Alyssa Bravo, 10, has been identified as one of the victims killed, a family member told the Washington Post. Her cousin said she put a smile on everyone’s face and that her family is devastated.
  • All the fatalities and injuries took place inside one classroom at Robb Elementary, officials said.
  • The two funeral homes in Uvalde will cover the cost of funerals for those who were killed Tuesday.
  • Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District (UCISD) has opened a memorial fund to accept donations for those affected by the shooting.

Here's a look at the order of events on Tuesday:

  • The 18-year-old gunman, who has been identified by officials, had shared his plans on Facebook about 30 minutes before reaching the school, Texas Gov. Abbott said. A spokesperson for Meta, formerly known as Facebook, said Wednesday they were “private one-to-one text messages,” contrary to Abbott’s assertion the gunman made the posts on Facebook.
  • He shot his grandmother in the face before heading to the elementary school. The 66-year-old grandmother made it to a nearby home and called police, said Texas public safety department Director Steven McCraw, adding she now remains hospitalized in critical condition.
  • Minutes before his deadly assault at the school, the gunman allegedly sent a series of chilling text messages to a girl in Germany he met online, saying he had just shot his grandmother and was going to “shoot up a(n) elementary school.” According to screenshots reviewed by CNN and an interview with the teenage girl, Ramos complained about his grandmother being “on the phone with AT&T abojt (sic) my phone” and then told her he had shot his grandmother in the head.
  • The gunman drove his grandmother’s vehicle about 0.29 miles, a block and a half away from Robb Elementary School. "He crashed the vehicle at that point in time. He exited with a backpack, took a rifle with him" and went to the west side of the campus, McCraw added.
  • According to McCraw, a school resource officer “engaged” with Ramos, and no gunfire was exchanged. This is when Ramos entered the school through a back door and went down the hallway to the adjoining classrooms, the director said.
  • Gov. Abbott offered additional details, saying, "Officers with the Consolidated Independent School District (ISD) approached the gunman and engaged with the gunman," he said. "The gunman then entered a back door and then went down two short hallways and then into a classroom on the left-hand side."
  • According to Abbott, the gunman entered a classroom, which was then connected internally to another classroom. "Border Patrol, Consolidated ISD officers, police, sheriffs and DPS officers converged on that classroom. And a Border Patrol officer killed the gunman," Abbott said.
  • Chip King, a firefighter and city council member from Uvalde, said it took about 30 minutes after he arrived on the scene for the gunman inside the school to be neutralized by law enforcement.
  • The shooter had one rifle in his possession when he went into the school and was wearing "a tactical vest carrier with no ballistic panels," a law enforcement official said.

The suspect:

  • Salvador Ramos, 18, was from Uvalde and had attended Uvalde High School, according to Abbott.
  • Ramos legally purchased two AR platform rifles at a local sporting goods store on two separate dates, and 375 rounds of ammunition on another date.
  • State Sen. Ronald Gutierrez, who represents Uvalde, said the gun purchases were made for the suspect's 18th birthday.
  • A photo of two AR-15-style rifles was posted to an Instagram account linked to the gunman three days before the shooting.
  • The shooter had a history of physically fighting with others, according to a former friend and a video obtained by CNN that depicts him repeatedly throwing punches. The former friend and classmate said Ramos sent him the video on Shapchat. He said the video, which he received more than a year ago, depicts Ramos fighting with someone else, which the former friend said was not out of the ordinary. “He would always get in fights in school,” the former classmate said, noting that he received multiple messages from Ramos that depicted fights, some in which Ramos was involved. 
  • Two additional former classmates told CNN the individual shown in the video is Ramos. The face of the other individual who was fighting Ramos is not visible in the video. Nadia Reyes, a high school classmate, told the Washington Post that she could remember about five times that Ramos got into fistfights in middle school and junior high. CNN has reached out to the Uvalde school district for more information, but received no response.

The city and the school:

  • Uvalde is about 90 miles west of San Antonio and just east of the US-Mexican border. 
  • Robb Elementary includes 2nd through 4th grades and had 535 students in the 2020-21 school year, state data shows. About 90% of the students are Hispanic, according to the data.  
  • Uvalde County had a population of about 25,000 in the 2020 census. 
  • The Uvalde school district canceled the rest of its school year, which was set to end Thursday, the school's superintendent Hal Harrell said.

Remember: Tuesday's massacre is the deadliest school shooting since 2012, when 26 children and adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School. This is at least the 30th shooting at a K-12 school in 2022, according to a CNN tally.

12:00 a.m. ET, May 26, 2022

Father of shooting victim: "I just want people to know that she just died trying to save her classmates"

From CNN’s Joseph Bonheim

Angel Garza, the father of Amerie Jo Garza, who was killed in Tuesday’s school shooting in Uvalde, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper this evening that his daughter was trying to help her classmates as the attack was unfolding.

“She was just trying to do the right thing,” he said. “She was just trying to call the cops, that’s all.”

The father noted that his daughter had received a phone for her birthday two weeks ago.

"She just got her phone. She'd been wanting a phone for so long, and we finally got it for her. She just tried to call the police," he told CNN.

“I just want people to know that she just died trying to save her classmates. She just wanted to save everyone," he later added.

Garza, who works as a med aide, learned this information while arriving on the scene to help the shooting victims. He stated that two students in the classroom confirmed that she was trying to call police when she got shot.

“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.’”

The father described his daughter, calling her "the sweetest little girl."

"She was the sweetest little girl who did nothing wrong. She listened to her mom and dad. She always brushed her teeth. She was creative. She made things for us. She never got in trouble in school," he said.

Watch the interview:

12:00 a.m. ET, May 26, 2022

Supreme Court could soon loosen gun laws in its first major Second Amendment opinion in more than a decade

From CNN's Ariane de Vogue

While the Supreme Court has been working behind closed doors on its first major Second Amendment opinion in more than a decade, three mass shootings have broken the country, including Tuesday's massacre of 19 schoolchildren in Texas.

Closed off from public view, the justices are penning opinions and dissents in a dispute that targets one concealed carry law in New York that is more than a century old. A narrow ruling could impact only a handful of states with similar laws, but a more expansive ruling could open a new chapter in constitutional challenges to gun safety laws across the country.

"As a formal matter, the Supreme Court's ruling on New York's gun law doesn't call into question gun laws restricting types of weapons or sensitive places where individuals can carry guns," said Jacob Charles, executive director of the Center for Firearms Law at Duke University School of Law.

"But a broader ruling that changes the way courts evaluate gun laws could call into question a wider array of gun regulations like assault weapons bans and other restrictions like high-capacity magazine bans," Charles added.

The deliberations come as the country mourns another tragedy, victims of gun violence plea for more action, and the political branches seem forever divided on a path forward.

In 2008, the Supreme Court held for the first time, that the Second Amendment protects an individual's right to keep and bear arms at home for self-defense.

After the ruling, however, to the frustration of gun rights advocates, lower courts relied upon language in the opinion to uphold many gun regulations.

"Nothing in our opinion should be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings," then-Justice Antonin Scalia wrote for the majority in the Heller case.

Except for a follow-up decision two years later, the justices largely stayed away from the issue, infuriating gun rights advocates and even some of the justices themselves.

Justice Clarence Thomas declared at one point that the "Second Amendment is a disfavored right in this court."

After Amy Coney Barrett took her seat, the court agreed to take up a new case, highlighting the impact of former President Donald Trump's three nominees on the court.

Keep reading here.

12:00 a.m. ET, May 26, 2022

Parents: What are your elementary school children feeling and asking you about the Texas school shooting?

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