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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8:59 a.m. ET, May 25, 2022

Shooter barricaded himself in classroom, killing 19 children and 2 teachers, official says

From CNN's Adrienne Vogt

All fatalities and injuries took place inside one classroom at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, according to Lt. Chris Olivarez, spokesperson for the Texas Department for Public Safety.

The shooter barricaded himself in one room, killing two teachers and 19 children, he said.

"Just goes to show you the complete evil from this shooter," Olivarez told CNN's John Berman and Shimon Prokupecz.  

As the shooting was taking place, officers were going around the school, breaking windows and trying to evacuate children and staff. They were then able to force entry into the classroom where the shooter was, he said.

All the victims have been removed, identified and their families have been notified, the lieutenant said. Multiple children were wounded inside the classroom, according to Olivarez, but there is no exact number as to how many at this time. 

"It's a small classroom, you can have anywhere from 25 to 30 students in there, plus there were two teachers in there. ... So don't have exact number of how many students were in that classroom, but it could vary ... It was a classroom setting, a typical classroom setting where you have mass groups of children inside that classroom all together, with nowhere to go," Olivarez said.

Olivarez said there was no chase with law enforcement before the shooter crashed a car near the school.

When asked if the school was a target, Olivarez said there are still "a lot of unanswered questions."

"We're trying to determine that, that's why we're working with FBI right now to kind of look back to see if there were any indicators, any red flags, looking at social media. What we know about the shooter is that he is a resident here in Uvalde, he did attend one of the local high schools, he lived with his grandparents, was unemployed, no friends, no girlfriend that we can identify at this time, no criminal history, no gang affiliation as well," he said.  

Olivarez said the shooter had one rifle in his possession when he went into the school, and authorities are working to determine what type of rifle and the capacity. 

The shooter was wearing "a tactical vest carrier with no ballistic panels; so typically those type of carriers are used by tactical teams, SWAT teams, where they can place magazines, extra ammunition inside those carriers and be able to move in a tactical formation," Olivarez said.

Olivarez said his grandmother — whom the shooter shot beforehand — is still alive and authorities are trying to locate his grandfather and immediate family members.

CNN's Raja Razek contributed reporting to this post.

9:02 a.m. ET, May 25, 2022

Uvalde resident says she saw parents running toward elementary school after shooting

From CNN’s Amanda Watts

(CNN)
(CNN)

Kim Hammond, who lives two doors down from Robb Elementary School, said at first it didn’t register that it was gunfire that she heard at the school.

“I just kind of dismissed it,” she told CNN’s John Berman. “Then my living room started to shake, and it was a helicopter, it was literally right over my house just above the tree, and I thought ‘this is not good.’”

When Hammond realized something was happening at the school, she went onto Facebook to investigate, and she saw that police were reporting a shooting at Robb Elementary.

“There were parents running towards the building,” Hammond said, adding there were law enforcement vehicles all over the streets around the building. “And so in between the vehicles were parents just jumping out of their cars and running towards the school… they were panicked.”

Hammond, who is a Desert Storm veteran, knows what gunfire sounds like. She said she didn’t want to believe that it was coming from the school.

“That can’t be, not here,” she hoped. “But my mind wouldn’t even go there. I just figured somebody ran and they are having a shootout, so I’ll stay in the house and lock the doors.”

Hammond, getting emotional, said she very much looks forward to next school year when the kids will once again return to the school playing loudly at recess and loading buses.

“I’ll be happy to hear it to tell you the truth, I’ll welcome it. These kids, they need to be sheltered from it as much as they can be,” she said.  

8:37 a.m. ET, May 25, 2022

Former Robb Elementary principal on school shooting: "This absolutely can happen anywhere"

From CNN's Melissa Alonso

Ross McGlothlin, top left.
Ross McGlothlin, top left. (CNN)

Former Robb Elementary School Principal Ross McGlothlin described the school and the city of Uvalde following yesterday's mass shooting that killed 19 students and two teachers.

"We never believe that something this tragic can happen so close to us," he said to CNN's John Berman following Tuesday's mass shooting. "Robb Elementary is a great school."

McGlothlin said that when he was principal at the school, in 2015 and 2016, it served students in the third and fourth grades. They come from across the city of Uvalde, since the city separates some students by grade levels at some campuses, said McGlothlin. 

"Uvalde is a great little town," McGlothlin said. "It's a quiet, friendly community, farmland to the south and ranchland to the north; it's the gateway to the Texas Hill Country."

"This is just a sad example that this absolutely can happen anywhere," he added.  

8:31 a.m. ET, May 25, 2022

Parkland survivor's message to America in wake of another mass shooting: "We are failing our children"

From CNN's Melissa Alonso 

David Hogg
David Hogg (CNN)

David Hogg, activist and survivor of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, told CNN on Wednesday that "there is no way to process what has happened" at Robb Elementary School

Hogg was hiding in a closet during the shooting at his high school in Parkland, Florida on Feb. 14, 2018; 17 people were killed. 

"The reality is if I'm just talking about this, and Congress is talking about this, after there's been the equivalent of another Sandy Hook or another Parkland or another Buffalo...we are failing our children," Hogg told CNN's John Berman. 

Hogg said he spent a few days with victims of the recent mass shooting in Buffalo and says there is still "shock" in that community. 

"The only way we're going to be able to successfully address this is why we're working together as Americans to create a more perfect union, because right now, our union is incredibly imperfect and deeply broken because we can't protect our most valuable asset, which is our children," said Hogg. 

The March for Our Lives co-founder told CNN his message for action on gun violence is "first of all vote and second of all, show up at your state legislature every year demanding action on gun violence. Not just around how somebody gets a gun, but why they pick up a gun in the first place." 

"If we do that, mark my words, we could cut gun violence in half in a decade," said Hogg. 

8:12 a.m. ET, May 25, 2022

Uvalde is among the deadliest K-12 shootings in the US

Tuesday's massacre at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, is the second-deadliest school shooting since 2012, when 26 children and adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

It is at least the 30th shooting at a K-12 school in 2022, according to a CNN tally.

At least 19 children and two teachers were killed in Tuesday's mass shooting. The 18-year-old gunman is dead.

CNN's Elizabeth Wolfe, Nicole Chavez and Dakin Andone contributed reporting to this post.

8:59 a.m. ET, May 25, 2022

10-year-old school shooting victim received an honor roll certificate just hours before he was killed

From CNN's Justin Lear

Xavier Lopez.
Xavier Lopez. (Family via Washington Post)

Ten-year-old Xavier Lopez has been identified as one of the victims killed at Robb Elementary School, his mother Felicha Martinez confirmed to the Washington Post.

“He was funny, never serious and his smile,” Martinez said about the fourth grader, her voice breaking. “That smile I will never forget. It would always cheer anyone up.”

Just a few days shy of completing his last year of elementary school, Xavier was counting the days until he would officially move up the academic ladder into Flores Middle School in Uvalde.

“He really couldn’t wait to go to middle school,” his mother said.

His dreams seemed so close on Tuesday at Robb Elementary School’s honor roll ceremony. Martinez was there to cheer him on as Xavier’s name was called to receive his certificate. Mere hours before the tragedy, Martinez snapped a photo of Xavier.

She told him she was proud and that she loved him before hugging him goodbye. She said she did not imagine that would be the last moment she would share with her “mama’s boy.”

8:59 a.m. ET, May 25, 2022

10-year-old Amerie Jo Garza identified by her father as victim in Uvalde shooting

From CNN's Melissa Alonso

Amerie Jo Garza is held by her father Angel Garza.
Amerie Jo Garza is held by her father Angel Garza. (Angel Garza)

The father of one of the children killed in Tuesday's school shooting has identified his daughter as 10-year-old Amerie Jo Garza.

Angel Garza said on Facebook early Wednesday morning that his daughter had been killed in the shooting at her elementary school.

"Thank you everyone for the prayers and help trying to find my baby. She’s been found. 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.

The post came hours after Angel's original post asking for help in finding the girl in the wake of the shooting. "I don’t ask for much or hardly even post on here but please It’s been 7 hours and I still haven’t heard anything on my love. 💔 Please fb help me find my daughter."

7:56 a.m. ET, May 25, 2022

It's unclear if Schumer may force a vote on 2 House-passed gun background check bills before recess

From CNN's Manu Raju

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has promised for more than a year to have a vote on two House-passed bills to expand background checks on gun sales — but he has been reluctant to force a vote on the issue knowing that they will fail, even as he has set up failed votes on other issues, like abortion and voting rights, before.

The bills are likely to get less than 50 votes — much less the 60 votes to overcome a filibuster.

It’s unclear when Schumer will try to force a procedural vote to break a filibuster. Unless there’s an agreement from all 100 senators, the earliest he could set up the procedural vote would be Saturday, according to a Democratic aide.

But senators were expected to leave for next week’s Memorial Day recess on Thursday afternoon. So they may wait until after the recess to take that procedural vote, even though leaving town amid the Texas tragedy would be bad optics. 

The aide said Schumer has not indicated when he may try to force the vote yet.

7:03 a.m. ET, May 25, 2022

France’s Macron denounces Texas shooting as "cowardly attack"

From CNN’s Xiaofei Xu in London

French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his condolences over the Texas elementary school shooting, calling it “a cowardly attack.”

“Children and teachers were murdered in a cowardly attack in their Texas school,” Macron said in a tweet. “We share the shock and grief of the American people, and the rage of those who are fighting to end the violence.”