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Survivor reveals shooter’s chilling words before killing classmates

A child who survived the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas has shared the harrowing details of what happened when the shooter walked into his classroom.

“He came in and he crouched a little bit and he said, ‘It’s time to die,’” the anonymous fourth-grade boy told KENS5.

The child – whose parents hid his identity for his safety – recalled hiding under a table with a long tablecloth, which may have concealed him from the gunman and saved his life.

“When I heard the shooting through the door, I told my friend to hide under something so he won’t find us,” the boy told the news station. “I was hiding hard. And I was telling my friend to not talk because he is going to hear us.”

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Nathan Place26 May 2022 17:45

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How to help victims and families in Uvalde

GoFundMe has set up a dedicated page for fundraising efforts for victims and families in Uvalde. The page can be found at gofundme.com/texas-elementary.

The city of Uvalde also is accepting donations for victims at City of Uvalde, P.O. Box 799, Uvalde, Texas 78802.

A Robb Elementary Memorial Fund account also has been created with First State Bank of Uvalde for victims and families, accepted at 200 E Nopal St., Uvalde, Texas 78801 or through Zelle to robbschoolmemorialfund@gmail.com.

San Antonio Legal Services Association also is seeking volunteers to help with legal assistance for victims and families. The organisation can be reached at uvalderesponse@sa-lsa.org.

Alex Woodward26 May 2022 17:31

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A timeline of the Uvalde massacre

Here is what we know so far about the sequence of events leading up to and surrounding the massacre at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday.

Alex Woodward26 May 2022 17:30

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Hospital shares update on four patients in their care

University Health hospital in San Antonio reports that the four victims in Tuesday’s attack under its care remain in the same condition as reported yesterday.

A 66-year-old woman (believed to be the gunman’s mother) remains in serious condition, along with a 10-year-old girl.

Another 10-year-old girl and a 9-year-old girl are good condition.

Seventeen people were injured in addition to the 21 people killed in Tuesday’s massacre.

Alex Woodward26 May 2022 17:10

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Breaking: Authorities investigating police response amid conflicting witness statements

Officials are investigating the police response to the Uvalde massacre, a review that is typical in the wake of major incidents but has come under heightened scrutiny following conflicting witness reports and video showing police keeping parents at bay while the gunman – who was apparently able to bypass police – remained inside the school, where 19 children were killed.

Alex Woodward26 May 2022 17:04

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Fourth-grade survivor recounts massacre inside school

A fourth-grade boy shared devastating details about what he witnessed inside Robb Elementary School on Tuesday with local CBS affiliate KENS5.

“He shot the next person’s door. We have a door in the middle. He opened it. He came in and he crouched a little bit and he said, he said, ‘It’s time to die.’”

He said he told his friend to “hide under something so he won’t find us” and “to not talk because he is going to hear us.”

They hid under a tablecloth.

“When the cops came, the cop said: ‘Yell if you need help!’ And one of the persons in my class said ‘help.’ The guy overheard and he came in and shot her,” he said. “The cop barged into that classroom. The guy shot at the cop. And the cops started shooting.”

Alex Woodward26 May 2022 17:00

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Schumer calls Abbott ‘an absolute fraud’ in damning Senate speech

Senate Majority Leader Chuch Schumer condemned Greg Abbott in a damning speech on the floor of the US Senate on Thursday, calling the govenror of Texas “an absolute fraud” ahead of consideration of a domestic terror bill expected to include amendments aimed at combatting the proliferation of guns.

“He asked people to put their agendas aside and think about someone other than themselves,” he said. “Governor Abbott, will you ask your MAGA buddies and your NRA pals to put aside their agendas and think of someone other than themselves?”

The governor, along with Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, is expected to attend the gun lobby meeting in Houston on Friday.

Alex Woodward26 May 2022 16:50

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Five things Washington DC is mulling on guns – and whether anything will come of it

There are a few paths that members of Congress are likely to pursue if momentum for some kind of bill – however unlikely to pass – reaches the Senate.

There are inter-party divisions, the political reality of Republican obstruction and opposition to all Democratic efforts to combat the proliferation of guns, and a filibuster. But it’s still worth looking at the solutions that policymakers are suggesting even if they will go nowhere.

The Independent’s John Bowden reports from Washington DC:

Alex Woodward26 May 2022 16:45

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Senator Chris Murphy: ‘We are never giving up’

Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut, where 20 young children were killed in the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012, has repeatedly urged Congress to act on legislation to combat the proliferation of guns in the US.

'We are never giving up': Senator Chris Murphy demands gun law reform after Texas shooting

Alex Woodward26 May 2022 16:36

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Details from inside massacre begin to emerge along with questions about timeline and officers' response

Parents tried to break windows to rescue their children. A child – who lied on top of a dead classmate so the gunman wouldn’t fire at her – was loaded into a school bus. Two members of a girls’ basketball team were killed and another injured. One man lost three relatives in the massacre.

Details are beginning to emerge from inside Robb Elementary School on Tuesday, along with the responses from law enforcement officers who arrived on the scene.

A report from The Washington Post points to lingering questions about when exactly the shooting began, and whether the gunman “barricaded” himself inside a classroom before or after killing fourth-grade children inside.

Javier Cazares, whose 9-year-old daughter attended the school, had huddled near its front door with a group of men when they heard gunfire inside.

“There were five or six of [us] fathers, hearing the gunshots, and [police officers] were telling us to move back,” he told the newspaper. “We didn’t care about us. We wanted to storm the building. We were saying, ‘Let’s go’ because that is how worried we were, and we wanted to get our babies out.”

He later learned his daughter was killed.

Alex Woodward26 May 2022 16:27

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