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cannot be tolerated in the state of texas, and swift action is being taken by local law enforcement as well as the texas department of public safety. they obviously now know who the shooter was and he is no longer alive. let me give you some details and i'll give you estimation about that. the shooter was salvador ramos, an 18—year—old male, and it's believe he admitted his vehicle and entered into the robb elementary school in uvalde with a handgun and may have also had a rifle. that is not yet confirmed. he shot and killed horrifically and incomprehensibly14 students and killed a teacher. mr salvador ramos the shooter, he himself is deceased.
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and is believed that responding officers killed him. it appears that two responding officers were struck by a salvador ramos but have no serious injuries he uvalde independent district school police department is the investigating agency and we will provide them and the city of uvalde substantial assistance. when the process obtained detail background on the subject, his motive, the types of weapon used and the legal authority to possess them and conduct a comprehensive crime scene investigation and reconstruction and identify and interview all witnesses and provide victim services in other support as needed. victor escalon is a texas department of south texas regional director and everything that can be done will be done. in addition to that it is being reported that the subject shot his
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grandmother right before he went into the school i have no further information about the connection between those two shootings. the subject is reported to be a student, to have been a student at yu valley high school and is a us citizen —— uvalde. when parents drop their kids off at school they have every expectation to know that they're going to be able to pick their child up going to be able to pick their child up when that school day ends. and there are families who are in morning right now in the state of texasisin morning right now in the state of texas is in warning with them. the reality of the parents are not to be able to pick up the children. our job is multifold. first to make sure we take that information and do everything that is necessary to
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ensure that crime scenes like this are not going to be repeated in the future and that we are going to be able to ensure the safety and security of our schools. texas governor _ security of our schools. texas governor greg _ security of our schools. texas governor greg abbott - security of our schools. texas governor greg abbott giving i security of our schools. texas. governor greg abbott giving us security of our schools. texas - governor greg abbott giving us the latest details that he had at that point in time about what has happened today talking about that awful tragedy and what parents expect when they drop their children off to school, it's to be able to pick them up at the end of the school day. we can speak now to as a dare, i know the information is coming in fast. it's very fluid situation right now. what is the latest that you've heard about the latest that you've heard about the latest developments in this? figs latest that you've heard about the latest developments in this? as we mentioned earlier, _ latest developments in this? as we mentioned earlier, we _ latest developments in this? as we mentioned earlier, we know- latest developments in this? as we mentioned earlier, we know that i latest developments in this? as we mentioned earlier, we know that 15j mentioned earlier, we know that 15 people have died so far, that includes 14 children between the ages of seven and ten. in a schoolteacher. the governor has said that the 18—year—old gunman walked
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in with two weapons a handgun and what he suspected to be a rifle alongside. and that he was then shot dead by responding officers. local hospitals have said that they have been taking in more injured, local hospital in san antonio which is a little over 18 miles away from the town has said they've got a 16—year—old person in critical condition as well as a ten—year—old child. it's also worth noting that this was the last week of term for these children. thursday was the day that these schoolchildren were going to have their last day of class. in the local high school in the city, which is about 16,000 residents live in that city, they were going to be graduating on friday. the timing just adds to the tragedy. indeed. just adds to the tragedy. indeed. just listening _ just adds to the tragedy. indeed. just listening to _ just adds to the tragedy. indeed. just listening to what _ just adds to the tragedy. indeed. just listening to what greg - just adds to the tragedy. indeed. | just listening to what greg abbott was a cup of the governor of texas
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just now and looking at these live pictures of the scene outside the school where i imagine there are so many devastated families and people shocked at the events that have taken place today. i know that so little is known right now about the shooter except for the fact that he was an 18—year—old male called salvador ramos, that's according to greg abbott. any sense of what the motivation was behind this at this point? motivation was behind this at this oint? ., ., ., �*, ., point? no, not right now. it's worth mentioning — point? no, not right now. it's worth mentioning that _ point? no, not right now. it's worth mentioning that the _ point? no, not right now. it's worth mentioning that the school- point? no, not right now. it's worth | mentioning that the school shootings aren't an uncommon occurrence in the united states. it's worth also differentiate between high school shootings and primary school shootings and primary school shootings like the ones we are witnessing today because high school shootings according to the government make up about two thirds of school shootings in the united states. the other third is primary school shootings. 0f states. the other third is primary school shootings. of course the last one was in parkland florida, a high
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school where 1a pupils were killed and three members of staff. again, that was a gunman about 20 years old in that case who came in with a semiautomatic rifle. in the last primary school shooting was in newtown connecticut, the sandy hook elementary school. children were aged about five to 11 in that case and about 20 children died them six members of staff killed. all this is happening amidst a rise in gun violence in the united states. it strikes me just from what you've been saying, of course those horrific incidents, so many of us remember and the fact that after those events gun violence at the schools, those tragedies at the school, there was heightened security around schools across the united states. to be have any sense of how this gunman got into the school today? it’s
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of how this gunman got into the school today?— of how this gunman got into the school today? it's not clear. the issue here _ school today? it's not clear. the issue here is _ school today? it's not clear. the issue here is that _ school today? it's not clear. the issue here is that there - school today? it's not clear. the issue here is that there is - school today? it's not clear. the issue here is that there is a - school today? it's not clear. the issue here is that there is a big l issue here is that there is a big debate in the united states to your point about security at schools and how to protect children. we heard the governors say that parents should have the expectation of children coming home safely. just a few moments ago the texas state attorney general made comments suggesting that perhaps teachers and administrators at school should be armed. 0f administrators at school should be armed. of course the other side of the debate in america is whether guns are something that states should be tackling much harder or even touching at a federal level. it's very intense debate in america. but meanwhile, the rise in these incidents is happening. clearly the solution hasn't been found yet. find solution hasn't been found yet. and we understand as well that the us presidentjoe biden is expected to speak about the incident later
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tonight, he's already said that flags at the white house and other public buildings should be at half mast because of this tragedy. a signal of course to the entire country of just the seriousness signal of course to the entire country ofjust the seriousness of this issue. we understand as well, according to reports that the gunman drove to the school armed with a rifle and a handgun, were also hearing that from the governor of texas put up any further details on how he might�*ve been able to get his hands on those sorts of weapons? that's at the heart of the debate. texas of course is a state that tends to be pro guns in general. the right to bear arms is enshrined in the united states constitution and lawmakers in texas in particular tend to protect that right. and so when it comes to an 18—year—old, it's hard to know exactly how he
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managed to do that. again, it's not uncommon and the fact that things like id checks ten to be very controversial in america, even the idea of doing background checks for mental illness tends to become a very hot topic in the united states because any sort of questioning of the constitutional right brings up a lot of emotions. it was only 50 years ago the president lyndon b. johnson talked about the fact that the united states may have too much of a casual attitude towards the right to bear arms, towards guns in general. there were 90 million guns then at the time and without looking at the situation today there are far more guns and far more guns and farmer gun related deaths.- more guns and far more guns and farmer gun related deaths. thank you so much for— farmer gun related deaths. thank you so much for keeping _ farmer gun related deaths. thank you so much for keeping us _ farmer gun related deaths. thank you so much for keeping us up-to-date i farmer gun related deaths. thank you | so much for keeping us up-to-date on so much for keeping us up—to—date on the story with your analysis. i know
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that you will be, she will be watching that story throughout the day here on bbc news. i want to remind you if you are just day here on bbc news. i want to remind you if you arejustjoining us that at least 15 people, this is our top story, are dead after a mass shooting at that elementary school it uvalde. it's a town around 16,000 people 83 miles west of san antonio. i want to remind you of what we know so far, of the dead 1a were students and one was a teacher. the suspect was an 18—year—old male who lives two lived in the uvalde area named salvador ramos. he's dead and according to the texas governor greg abbott is thought to have been killed by police. the students at the school were in second, third and fourth grade, that means they were between the ages of seven and ten. a short time ago the chief of police for uvalde canvases update. at for uvalde canvases update. git approximately 11:32am this morning there a mass casualty incident at
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robb elementary school in uvalde texas. second, third and fourth grade. i can confirm right now that we have several injuries, adults and students and we do have some deaths. the suspect is deceased at this point. pps assisting with the investigation and at this point the investigation and at this point the investigation is leading to tell us that the suspect did act alone during this heinous crime. families are being notified and we are providing services to them as the district should. as far as the rest of the district is concerned, safety measures were taken to make sure we had safe release for the rest of the district, through our city of uvalde and we had numerous law and force meant officers assist with the safe release of those students we want to keep all the families in our prayers, we hope you do is well and we also want to respect the privacy of the family. it still being worked
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on and we will notify the parents and the families is soon as we have news. , ., . and the families is soon as we have news. ,., . . ., ., news. the police chief that we heard from 'ust a news. the police chief that we heard from just a short _ news. the police chief that we heard from just a short while _ news. the police chief that we heard from just a short while ago. - news. the police chief that we heard from just a short while ago. we - news. the police chief that we heard from just a short while ago. we can | from just a short while ago. we can go to our correspondent in los angeles who's been following the latest developments for us on this story. david, as we've heard from the police chief there, the privacy of families involved has to be respected. such a devastating moment for them as they come to terms with what has happened today. have you heard anything from the school or any of the authorities involved? absolutely. every parent's worst nightmare, you might say. absolutely tragic day in a country that has seen tragedies of this kind before. all we've heard as far as parents are concerned in regards to the local police chief who said that they were making efforts they are, they were making efforts they are, the authorities to get in contact
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with parents, children parents at the school. you can only imagine the panic and concern and grief that will arise from the sort of incidents as parents find out news of their loved ones. in the last hour or so we've heard from the attorney general of texas, ken paxton and he was asked if arming teachers would help to eliminate the sort of tragedy in the united states and he said, "that is a possibility. " there are those who livejoe biden who is on his way back to the white house in the wake of this tragedy who would like to see it much tighter controls surrounding the use and purchase of guns. he's made various efforts in his career as a senator and politician to try to tighten those laws, including most recently by instituting a ban on ——
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a background check i may say on all guns and so—called kit or ghost guns. that legislation hasn't got the backing of sufficient numbers of congress to pass. indeed we saw all this after the sandy hook massacre when there was a vote, congress was basically called to vote on whether to ban assault weapons and so on. there were about 50 senators who were in favour of that but a handful of democrats believe it or not voted against the legislation and it failed to pass. that was ten years ago. after that then president 0bama called it a shameful day in washington. figs called it a shameful day in washington.— called it a shameful day in washinuton. a . ., ~ washington. as you are talking throu~h washington. as you are talking through all— washington. as you are talking through all of— washington. as you are talking through all of the _ washington. as you are talking through all of the various - washington. as you are talking i through all of the various debates in the united states on gun laws, it strikes me, the fact that we were listening to the governor of texas a little earlier and he has said that the gunman had a handgun, possibly a
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rifle. what do we know about the rights of people in texas in terms of carrying weapons, are permits required? it's my understanding that the carry laws in texas restrict, the carry laws in texas restrict, the firearms to people over the age of 21 tobias kempe to be corrected on that but that's my recollection. that would pose the question as to how this 18—year—old, a former student of the school, the robb elementary school managed to get his hands on what officials say was a rifle and a handgun. we were making the point earlier in the programme that texas is a state that is in favour of generally speaking, of the right to bear arms. there are a lot of people there who support that and would not want to see those sort of rights eroded. as you say it strikes
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me, we are hearing from the texas attorney on one side of the debate, we will hear of course from presidentjoe biden in an hour so this time, potentially on the other side of the debate. but at the same time underlining all of this is the fact that today 1a children are dead and this is going to be an immense tragedy for notches the state of texas but the entire country to come to terms with. we are listening or we have heard from the governor of texas saying that the state is grieving, him and his wife has said are morning tuesdays horrific loss and reverse the state of texas to come together, will that be that sense of soul—searching and texas? t sense of soul—searching and texas? i think there will inevitably be the usual round of soul—searching. these sort of events, tragic as they are invariably met by calls for tighter
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gun control laws in this country, handwringing, calls from all sides of the political aisle to do something about this to prevent this sort of thing to happen again, legislation is proposed, it stymied in congress and then the matter goes away until the next such shooting occurs. the national rifle association which is one of the most powerful lobby groups in this country is actually do to hold its annual meeting in texas this coming saturday, donald trump is to be one of the guest speakers, i wonder but they will have to say about this. yes, i wonder as well. thank you for joining us with those latest news lines out of the story in your analysis. as david was saying, the entire debate around gun laws and gun control rages on in the united states and has done every so often as he was saying, the soul—searching that takes place post shooting like
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this doesn't lead to the outcome that many people would want. we can hear now from washington, senator chris murphy a democrat from connecticut where the city hook shooting took place. he made an impassioned appealfor shooting took place. he made an impassioned appeal for concrete action to prevent further violence of this sort. 1&1 action to prevent further violence of this sort-— of this sort. 14 kids did in an elementary _ of this sort. 14 kids did in an elementary school— of this sort. 14 kids did in an elementary school in - of this sort. 14 kids did in an elementary school in texas| of this sort. 14 kids did in an - elementary school in texas right now. what are we doing? what are we doing? just days after a shooter walked into a grocery store to gun down african—americans patrons, we have another sandy hook on our hands. what are we doing? there are
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more mass shootings then days in the year. our kids are living in fear, every single time they set foot in a classroom they think they're going to be next. what are we doing? why do you spend all this time running for the united states senate, why do you go through all the hassle of getting this job of putting yourself in a position of authority if your answer is that as the slaughter increases, as their kids to back our kids run for their lives, we do nothing. what are we doing? why are you here? if not to solve a problem is x essential as this. —— existential. this is inevitable, these kids weren't unlucky, this
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only happens in this country. and nowhere else. nowhere else to little kids go to school thinking that they might be shot that day. that kids go to school thinking that they might be shot that day.— might be shot that day. that was senator chris _ might be shot that day. that was senator chris murphy _ might be shot that day. that was senator chris murphy a - might be shot that day. that was| senator chris murphy a democrat might be shot that day. that was - senator chris murphy a democrat from connecticut, how not to be moved by the passion he is saying?— the passion he is saying? earlierl soke to the passion he is saying? earlierl spoke to health _ the passion he is saying? earlierl spoke to health care _ the passion he is saying? earlierl spoke to health care at _ the passion he is saying? earlierl spoke to health care at san - the passion he is saying? earlier i i spoke to health care at san antonio express news and i began by asking her whether they look though community had never seen anything like this before. there have been several mass casualty situations across the state but texas is pretty large. the last one we saw is about an hour south of san antonio. i also understand — an hour south of san antonio. i also understand that _ an hour south of san antonio. i also understand that currently _ an hour south of san antonio. i also understand that currently the - understand that currently the children who are at the robb elementary school have been taken to the nearby civic centre to be reunited with their families. that
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must be an awfully frightening experience and devastating experience and devastating experience of the family and the children involved what can you tell us about the scene they are? it has to be. a reporter— us about the scene they are? it has to be. a reporter who _ us about the scene they are? it has to be. a reporter who was - us about the scene they are? it has to be. a reporter who was there i to be. a reporter who was there on the scene said that there are family members coming out with children and we note that there are about 600 students that attend that elementary school. what they said was they believe that the students were killed were in the second, third and fourth grades. that killed were in the second, third and fourth grades-— fourth grades. that means children aued fourth grades. that means children aged between _ fourth grades. that means children aged between the _ fourth grades. that means children aged between the age _ fourth grades. that means children aged between the age of— fourth grades. that means children aged between the age of seven - fourth grades. that means children | aged between the age of seven and ten, is that right? that aged between the age of seven and ten, is that right?— ten, is that right? that sounds correct. ten, is that right? that sounds correct- i _ ten, is that right? that sounds correct. i know _ ten, is that right? that sounds correct. i know it's _ ten, is that right? that sounds correct. i know it's early - ten, is that right? that sounds correct. i know it's early days | ten, is that right? that sounds i correct. i know it's early days but listening to what you've been saying and thinking about what this community will be going through and how this has to bring back memories of what happened in 2012 at sandy hook where 20 of the 26 victims were aged between five and 6, it's a
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horrific experience for not the state of texas but for the united states to have to through again. absolutely. it's almost surreal. we always have these situations, these mass casualty situations, the school shootings happening and reporters are always reporting on this and trying to tell the story. it's heartbreaking and it's frustrating. absolutely. i wonder, heartbreaking and it's frustrating. absolutely. iwonder, as heartbreaking and it's frustrating. absolutely. i wonder, as we are talking about this we've also heard from the us senator chris murphy of connecticut, just listening to my colleague a little on and he was telling us about the fact that chris murphy has given an emotional speech in the senate asking, what are we doing, why are you here if not to solve the problem is x essential is this? when this keeps happening —— existential. what sort of thinking are in the mind of the politicians
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there and around the country? hard to answer. — there and around the country? hard to answer. i'm _ there and around the country? hard to answer, i'm not _ there and around the country? hard to answer, i'm not sure, _ there and around the country? hard to answer, i'm not sure, it's - to answer, i'm not sure, it's frustrating. we keep reporting the story and we keep pressing our elected officials and there doesn't seem to be much change. we elected officials and there doesn't seem to be much change.- seem to be much change. we are lookin: at seem to be much change. we are looking at life _ seem to be much change. we are looking at life pictures _ seem to be much change. we are looking at life pictures there - seem to be much change. we are looking at life pictures there for l looking at life pictures there for our viewers, looking at life pictures there for ourviewers, i looking at life pictures there for our viewers, i believe that is the scene outside the robb elementary school in uvalde. i imagine that investigations are continuing as families try and pick up their very frightened children in a devastating moment for this community here. lara garcia speaking to us now, i know you've reported extensively from that area. i want to get a sense from you of what you imagine, as it is early days yet, what the next steps will be in this investigation? i think right now we are just going to try to confirm what's actually
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happening. we know there there was an 18—year—old man who officials said he shot his grandmother and then went across to the elementary school. we can try to find out some of the motivation but i think a lot of the motivation but i think a lot of our coverages go beyond the community of uvalde and on how people are going to heal from this. given the fact that this is just developing cover that this isjust happening as you been talking about, have we heard from any of the family members, have we heard from any members, have we heard from any members of the community as far as you know? members of the community as far as ou know? ., ~' members of the community as far as ou know? ., ~ ., �* , you know? no. i think that there's been a separation _ you know? no. i think that there's been a separation between - you know? no. i think that there's been a separation between the i been a separation between the victims and the family as a nuisance continuing to come out. i haven't seen anything yet. we do have people on the ground, i expect the express news will have reactions and coverage of that as we go on
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throughout the day. that coverage of that as we go on throughout the day. that was laura garcia speaking _ throughout the day. that was laura garcia speaking earlier— throughout the day. that was laura garcia speaking earlier about - throughout the day. that was laura garcia speaking earlier about the i garcia speaking earlier about the latest development on the ground. you are watching newsday on the bbc. the governor of the american state of texas greg abbott says egg gun and shot dead 14 students at a teacher at a primary school. mr abbott said the suspected attack on this salvador ramos was also killed by a law enforcement officers. he said the assailant had a handgun and possibly a rifle. he is two the attack took place in macro elementary in the town of uvalde. southwest of san antonio san antonio. a watching live pictures of that scene in front of the robb elementary school as investigations continue. i want to tell you of course at the white house as that president biden will be speaking in the next couple of hours or so. we understand the white house and said that president biden has spoken to the texas governor greg abbott to
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offer any assistance after the shooting. that is it from us. do state with bbc news for the latest headlines and more on the story. we had loads of shadows across the uk. in the press of thundercloud, this once part across the skies of west london and there were reports of some hail, lots of and around can't we even had a report of a funnel cloud, that's like a tornado coming down that doesn't quite reach the ground. although there were loads of showers the thunderstorms really were concentrated across eastern areas of england for that why? that was onto the jet stream for the why? that was onto the jet stream. we had this trough moving across eastern areas of new two england, that's wicked the show showers made those thunderstorms the rich here they were very heavy at all. that trough feature is all the way across northeast europe. looking
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at the charts for wednesday, a strong jets team will be pushing in this set of what the front. friends themselves are particularly active but time you get to eastern areas of england but it will be a blustery day, certainly a different take and be able to say. the band of rain storms off northern island, western parts of england and wales, scotland, will push its way eastward barely any rain by it time it reaches england for the much brighter sunshine and a few showers mainly across northwestern areas. temperatures about 16 to 18 celsius for that won't feel too bad in that strong may sunshine. looking at the weather picture through wednesday night, many of those shows will fade away but then the cloud will start to rebuild in northern ireland as we head into the first part of thursday morning with that rain starting to make inroads here. this is another weather front coming in of the atlantic, a tiny bit of uncertainty about where that's going, northern island, northern england and wales... favourite spot for seeing rain for the scotland sunshine
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showers and towards some england variable cloud. they will be sunny spells come and go here. temperatures quite a rage, cool air getting into northern island, highs around 13 to 15 degrees but warmer to the subtleties with temperatures up to the subtleties with temperatures up to 20. towards the end of the week and the all—important weekend this area of high pressure is going to be building in from the west. the weather is set to settle down but we eventually get a start to get some fairly brisk northerly winds. those winds will feed and showers to go to scotland at times but otherwise a fair amount of dry weather with some sunny spells. that's the latest.
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welcome to newsday. reporting live from singapore, i'm karishma vaswani. the headlines... another mass shooting in the united states — at least 14 children and a teacher have been killed at a primary school in texas. the attack happened in the city of uvalde. police have named the gunman as 18—year—old salvador ramos. resident biden has called forflags to ramos. resident biden has called for flags to be flown at half mast. he's do to address the nation shortly. that's president biting arriving at the andrew airbase
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—— president biden.

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