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Escaped Murderer Kills Family of 5 at Their Vacation Home

Gonzalo Lopez was later shot dead by police

(Newser) - A convicted murderer on the run since escaping a prison bus after stabbing its driver on May 12 was shot dead late Thursday after he killed a family of five and stole their truck from a rural weekend cabin, a Texas prison system spokesman said. Gonzalo Lopez, 46, was "...

Lawmaker: Chief at Scene Wasn't Told of 911 Calls

Uvalde had a 'system failure' in communicating information, state senator says

(Newser) - The commander overseeing police during a shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, was not informed of panicked 911 calls coming from students trapped inside, and it's unclear who at the scene was aware of the calls as the massacre of 19 students and two teachers unfolded, a...

SCOTUS Blocks Texas Social Media Law

HB20 bans social media censorship based on political views

(Newser) - The Supreme Court voted 5-4 to temporarily block a controversial Texas social media law Tuesday—but the court didn't split along its usual lines. The law, HB20, bans social media companies with more than 50 million users from banning users based on their political views, the Hill reports. It...

Uvalde's Elementary School May Be Razed

State lawmaker says Biden suggested it

(Newser) - This week was supposed to have been the fun first week of summer break for Robb Elementary School students. Instead, the first funeral visitations for students killed in last week's mass shooting have begun in Uvalde, Texas, reports the AP . As questions continue to be raised about all aspects...

Uvalde School Police Chief's Next Move Spurs Anger

Pete Arredondo's swearing-in to City Council has been delayed, however, amid children's funerals

(Newser) - The school police chief accused of holding back officers from a classroom in Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, as a gunman murdered children inside will apparently take his place on the City Council, despite plenty of anger in his hometown. Pedro "Pete" Arredondo, the chief of police for...

In One Texas City, Abortions Could Be Decriminalized

Some in Austin are pushing to do just that

(Newser) - Texas is likely to criminalize nearly all abortions if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade—but not every Texas city is on the same page. Austin, for one, has a resolution in the works that would effectively decriminalize abortion, protecting its residents from being prosecuted if they terminate a...

4th-Grader Played Dead During Shooting

Miah Cerrillo smeared blood on herself

(Newser) - Another wrenching story has emerged from one of the young survivors in the Texas school shooting. Fourth grader Miah Cerrillo tells CNN that she smeared blood from a classmate over herself to play dead. The classmate already had been killed by the gunman. Miah recounts how the gunman shot out...

Texas Official: Police Made 'Wrong Decision' at Shooting

On-site commander at Uvalde shooting faulted for decision to wait before moving in

(Newser) - A top Texas law enforcement official said Friday what angry parents have said all along about the delayed police response to the mass shooting in Uvalde: "It was the wrong decision. Period," said Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw, reports the Washington Post . At a news...

Ted Cruz Interview on Uvalde Doesn't Go Too Well

Texas senator storms off after UK reporter asks him why America has so many mass shootings

(Newser) - Politicians are making the rounds to express their thoughts on Tuesday's mass shooting in Texas that left 21 dead, but Ted Cruz's most recent interview didn't go exactly as planned, at least not from his perspective. After a vigil for the victims on Wednesday, the GOP senator,...

Texas Governor Pulls Out of NRA Convention

Abbott plans to hold press conference in Uvalde instead

(Newser) - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott won't be appearing at the National Rifle Association convention in Houston on Friday after all, a spokesman has confirmed. The Republican governor, who was heavily criticized for his plan to speak at the convention just days after the deadliest school shooting in state history, will...

Texas: No Officer Tried to Keep Gunman Out

Latest account from state officials contradicts earlier report that a school officer intervened

(Newser) - The gunman who shot to death children and teachers on Tuesday walked into the Texas school carrying his weapons without anyone trying to stop him, through an unlocked door, officials said Thursday. State law enforcement officials provided information about the timeline and other details, sometimes contradicting accounts they'd released...

Rubio Takes Issue With NBA Call for Gun Reform

Miami Heat announcer makes 'strikingly strong' call

(Newser) - On Tuesday night, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr made waves with his gun reform-focused press conference . On Wednesday, the Miami Heat made a similar move. Ahead of their playoff matchup against the Boston Celtics, the PA announcer kicked things off with this: "The Heat organization, the Boston Celtics,...

Kimmel on Gun Rules: 'This Is Now Our Fault'

Late-night hosts tackle the mass shooting in Texas

(Newser) - Late-night hosts dug into the Texas mass shooting during their Wednesday monologues, often with emotional pleas:
  • Seth Meyers: He said he knew when he started his show he'd have days in which he'd have to talk about school shootings before segueing into lighter fare. He added that he

Near 2nd Texas School, 'They Saw Something, Said Something'

Day after Uvalde mass shooting, police say they found gun in vehicle of high schooler in Richardson

(Newser) - A Texas high school student was arrested after police say they found a firearm in his car in a nearby parking lot, just one day after a school shooting six hours away in Uvalde that left 21 dead. Per a Facebook post by the Richardson Police Department, a call came...

June 11 Is the Day to March: 'Do Our Lives Mean Nothing to You?'

In wake of Uvalde, March for Our Lives plans mass protest for gun safety, 4 years after Parkland

(Newser) - More than four years after its last huge demonstration in support of gun safety, March for Our Lives is rallying the masses again. "June 11, mark your calendar," the advocacy group tweeted Wednesday, announcing its plans for a nationwide protest in the wake of this week's mass...

Beto O'Rourke Interrupts Abbott's Press Conference

'This is on you,' Democrat says of the mass shooting

(Newser) - Beto O'Rourke briefly brought a press conference by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on the Uvalde mass shooting to a dramatic halt on Wednesday. O'Rourke—a Democrat challenging the Republican Abbott for governor—accused Abbott of being weak on gun control. Watch the video here . "The time to...

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Details Emerge About Teen Shooter in Texas

Salvador Rolando Ramos is described as a troubled teen fascinated with guns

(Newser) - In the wake of Tuesday's mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas , details are emerging about the gunman, identified as 18-year-old Salvador Rolando Ramos. While Newser is focusing its coverage on the victims and other aspects of the aftermath, this file encompasses what's currently known about Ramos. Some of the...

GOP Rep for Uvalde: Today Not the Day to Talk Gun Reform

US Rep. Tony Gonzales said he's 'happy to debate' policy another time

(Newser) - Uvalde, Texas, is represented by US Rep. Tony Gonzales, and the Republican joined CBS Mornings on Wednesday to talk about the horrors that unfolded there Tuesday. "It was such a horrific scene that many of the children could not be identified and they had to use DNA and other...

Sandy Hook Mom: I 'Know What They Will Endure' for Life

Nicole Hockley's son Dylan was killed nearly 10 years ago

(Newser) - As America grieves for the families of those killed in the Uvalde mass shooting , Nicole Hockley expresses a different kind of grief: a knowing one. Her son Dylan was murdered nearly 10 years ago in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, and she writes that she knows "the unspeakable...

GoFundMe Sets Up Hub to Keep Scammers From Uvalde Tragedy

Crowdfunding platform has verified fundraisers; blood donations, legal services also needed for Texas victims

(Newser) - Wanting to help victims and their families after a tragic event is a natural impulse, but avoiding scammers is key to making sure your money gets into the right hands. After Tuesday's mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, in which 19 children and two adults were...

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