this is bbc news — our top stories... police in texas admit they got it wrong over a school shooting which saw 19 children and two teachers killed. of course it was not the right decision. it was the wrong decision. period. there is no excuse for that. again, i wasn't there, but i'm just telling you, from what we know and we believe there should have been entry as soon as you can. and there is an active shooter, the rules change. 21 dead and you are going to smile and laugh? — 21 dead and you are going to smile and laugh? ! have you got grandkids? ! meanwhile, protesters gather outside the annual meeting of the national rifle association, or nra. former president donald trump is expected to speak at the nra convention shortly — we'll bring you some of that. moscow's advance continues —
as russian backed separatists claim they've captured a strategic town in northeastern donbas. johnny depp�*s lawyers say accusations of domestic violence have ruined him, during closing arguments in the defamation trial with amber heard. excitement builds in paris as liverpool prepare to take on real madrid in the champions league final on saturday. hello and welcome. police in texas, say it was the wrong decision, to delay entering the classroom in a school in the city of uvalde, where 21 people were killed by a gunman on tuesday. salvador ramos barricaded himself inside the room, shooting 19 children and two teachers. it took 53 minutes for armed police
to eventually go in. as the local people come to terms with tragedy, grief is turning into anger. here's our north america editor, sarah smith. the police broke windows at the school to get children out after the shooting, carrying some of them to safety. their earlier response is now under huge scrutiny. why did they wait nearly an hour after the gunman had entered the school and started killing children before they went in to tackle him? stand by. hey, stand by. right, i got it. i got it, ok. hey, from the benefit of hindsight, where i'm sitting now, of course it was not the right decision, it was the wrong decision, period. there's no excuse for that. but again, i wasn't there, but i'm just telling you, from what we know, we believe there should have been an entry as soon as you can. hey, when there's an active shooter, the rules change. in houston, just four hours drive from uvalde, the powerful pro gun association, the nra, are meeting today.
thousands of gun owners gathering to defend their right to own weapons. shame! facing angry protesters who are demanding greater gun control in america. do you understand why people are calling for tighter gun control? i can understand it. there's a lot of evil people out there. i think we need to control crime. if evil people didn't have access to semi automatic weapons, they wouldn't be able to conduct massacres inside schools. that's one way to look at it. what's another way to look at it? control crime. if you have personnel. that want to be trained, they can be trained in weapons safety, they can be armed, - then you are going to restrict . the access of any crazy nut that decides to come in. it's not the weapon, _ it's the nut that's got the weapon. it's because the nut has a weapon that he's able to go and kill people. but, but, but. why don't you protect the school? you say that the schools are gun free. _ so are your churches. how many church shootings have we had, because they're - supposedly gun free?
several politicians and performers have pulled out of this event. others are completely undeterred, like donald trump, who is speaking here later tonight. since the school shooting, the gun lobby and its political supporters have been completely undeterred. they haven't paused even for a minute. instead, they have continued resolutely arguing against any kind of tighter gun control. joe garcia visited a memorial to his wife yesterday. irma was one of the teachers killed inside the school. when he got home, he suffered a fatal heart attack. his family say they believe he died of a broken heart. the garcias had four children. sarah smith, bbc news, houston, texas. following on from the news conference earlier, we now have a full picture of the sequence of events of the shooting — which show the gunman was in the school for almost an hour and 20 minutes before being shot dead. let's take a look at the timeline released by the police.
at 11:28, the suspect crashes his vehicle in a ditch and starts shooting at two men. at 11:30, a 911 call is made saying there was a crash and that a man carrying a gun was seen 11:31 — the suspect reaches the back row of the school parking lot and whilst hiding behind a vehicle, starts firing shots. at 11:33, the shooter enters the school through an exterior door that had been propped open by a teacher earlier. at the same time, the suspect begins shooting into room 111 or 112. it's not possible to determine which one from the video angle at 11:35 three police officers enter through the same propped open door, and another four follow shortly after. between 11:37 and 12:03 more gunfire is head — specifically 16 rounds are fired. at this point more police authorities have arrived at the scene too at 12:21, the suspect fires again
in the direction of the door. and finally at 12:50, the police breach the door having retrieved the keys from the janitor as both classroom doors were locked. they enter and kill the suspect. this is the map the texas department of public safety drew up showing the floor plan of the school and the route of the shooter. i asked our correspondent in uvalde, jane 0'brien, if we'd learned more on how the tragedy had unfolded. yes, we do know that most of the victims were shot in those first few minutes, and this is what led to the police chief in charge of the operation from thinking it had gone from being an active shooter to a barricaded suspect. that was the reason he ordered the police to fall back to not try to star in the classroom at that point because he believed that the shooter was no longer a threat to children and
focused on getting the other children out to. now, the head of texas public safety said that was the wrong decision. it also seems extraordinary that in that time period when the police are doing nothing, that a child in that like classroom made eight emergency because pleading for help, pleading for the police to come, whispering absolutely terrified by what the child was actually going through. a second mistake then seems to have been that the same police chief decided that he needed to wait for tactical equipment, special swat gear to arise before he was able to enter that classroom. again, the police officials are adamant that that was not the case, he should not have waited because in texas, the rule, the protocol is that in the case of an active shooter like this, police, even if it'sjust case of an active shooter like this, police, even if it's just one case of an active shooter like this, police, even if it'sjust one police armed but the pistol goes in and keeps firing until that shooter is dead, and clearly that did not
happen. the uvalde shooting, is the worst school attack in america, since the sandy hook massacre in 2012. serena aro—keum, was a student at the elementary school, in newtown in connecticut, when 20 of her fellow pupils and six staff were murdered. she's been speaking to our correspondent, nada tawfik, about the pain of hearing the news, of yet another mass shooting, this week. a rare moment of family time for cyrena arokium. as a teenager, she is busyjuggling school and gymnastics. but this week's tragedy in uvalde has her reliving her painful past. she was a happy seven—year—old at school looking forward to christmas when a gunman burst into sandy hook elementary and killed 20 children and six staff. she says she hasn't lived a normal life since and continues to struggle with the trauma. i sufferfrom nightmares, especially from that day, and survivor's guilt. and it's very hard to get
through that because it's, like, why did i survive, and all these other people had to die? she has decided to speak out now in hopes that politicians will listen to her pleas. it is definitely guns in america, and what i want to see happen is legislation passed for preventing or taking guns off the streets. for the children in texas, she had this message. i am so, so sorry that this happened to you, and that you had to go through this, especially at almost the same age i went through sandy hook. and to be strong, even though it will be hard. nada tawfik, bbc news, sandy hook, connecticut. as jane 0'brien was saying a little earlier, protesters are gathering in houston, texas, about 300 miles away from uvalde, because
the nra's annual conference is getting under way in houston in texas. it has just opened, the ceo of the nra is speaking now. now, they have spent millions, tens of millions of dollars a year lobbying on behalf of the right to bear arms, the second amendment, president trump is due to speak in a few minutes' time. the nra funded the trump campaign back in 2016 between 50— $70 million, it is reported. donald trump, whilst expressing his disgust at the shooting, has been supported and sponsored by the nra, ted cruz, another republican is due to speak there as well. although, greg abbott, the governor of texas, was due to speak and is now sent a recorded message instead. but, as i say, that has opened and when donald trump does
ta ke to take to the stage, we will probably dip into that forjust a couple of minutes. let's turn to the war in ukraine now — and russia's finance minister has given an indication of the huge financial cost to his country. anton siluanov said around 8 trillion roubles had been spent to support the russian economy so far — that's roughly $123 billion. financial reserves, known as the russian national wealth fund, are now being used — with the russian economy struggling under the effect of western sanctions. meanwhile the fighting continues — centred on donbas. russian—backed separatist leaders in eastern ukraine say they've captured the town of lyman — a town on the road to the ukrainian city of slovyansk, which is a key russian target as moscow tries to take full control of the donbas. there's no way of verifying the claim. ukraine's president volodymyr zelensky has accused moscow of being intent on reducing cities in the east to ashes and that the russian offensive could leave the donbas region uninhabitable. 0ur correspondent, joe inwood,
sent this report from kyiv. this is what liberation by the russians looks like. popasna in the donbas region. 0nce 20,000 people lived here. now it is almost deserted. natalia is one of the few who remains. translation: l was. sleeping here last night. i just have to fix the window somehow. the wind is still bad, cold at night. she had seen the destruction of this invasion first—hand. two people back then were dead. they were sitting outside to cook and a projectile came flying. eight people were wounded at once. someone was standing with the cattle, somebody was cooking for the neighbours, and then eight got wounded. popasna is the town where russian forces broke through ukrainian lines and began their slow but relentless attempt to encircle and destroy thousands of ukrainian fighters.
when he started this invasion, one of the main reasons given by president putin was to stop what he said was a genocide taking place in the donbas, carried out by ukraine. now, there never was any evidence of that. but now president zelensky says a genocide is taking place, but it's being carried out by russia. translation: the current offensive of the occupiers in donbas will make j the region uninhabited. they want to burn our towns and cities to ashes. all this, including the deportation of our people and the mass killings of civilians, is an obvious policy of genocide pursued by russia. this is lysychansk, one of two cities currently being encircled. before the invasion, many people here felt an affinity russia. people spoke russian, got their news from russian sources, but have now been driven from their homes by russian shelling. translation: what drove me
out was the stress. _ shells kept falling every second. translation: i don't know what we'll do. i we can't go home and we can't live here either. with every russian military breakthrough, escape becomes harder. in the last few hours, russian—backed separatist forces claim to have captured the town of lyman, another step in their conquest of the donbas, which is looking more likely by the day. joe inwood, bbc news, kyiv. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: johnny depp�*s lawyers have said accusations of domestic violence have ruined him —— during closing arguments in the defamation trial with amber heard. in the biggest international sporting spectacle ever seen, up to 30 million people have taken part in sponsored athletics events to aid famine relief in africa. the first of what the makers of star wars hope will be thousands of queues started forming at 7am. taunting which led to scuffles, scuffles to fighting, fighting to full—scale riot,
as the liverpool fans broke out of their area and into the juventus enclosure. the belgian police had lost control. the whole world will mourn - the tragic death of mr nehru today. he was the father of the indian - people from the day of independence. the oprah winfrey show comes to an end after 25 years and more than four and a half thousand episodes. the chat show has made her one of the richest people on the planet. geri halliwell, otherwise known as ginger spice, has announced she's left the spice girls. argh, i don't believe it! she's the one with the bounce, the go, the girl power. not geri, why? this is news, the latest headlines... it's emerged that police in texas delayed storming a school where a mass—shooting was taking place because they believed no more pupils were at risk.
a state official said it was the wrong decision. hundreds of protesters have gathered outside the annual meeting of the national rifle association in houston. former us president, donald trump, is due to address the lobby group's gathering. lizzie greenwood hughes has all the sport. hello there. that evening. a dream weekend for sports fans, including the champions league final where liverpool will take on real madrid with 19 european cups between them. liverpool are the favourites and they had a boost when he appeared to train as normal today. set to be an epic final particularly with all the talk of revenge after most solid's tweet referring to real madrid's win over liverpool and they last met in the final 2018. it's final2018. it's normal final 2018. it's normal that he wants to put _ final 2018. it's normal that he wants to put things _ final 2018. it's normal that he wants to put things right. - final 2018. it's normal that he wants to put things right. we | final 2018. it's normal that he i wants to put things right. we do final 2018. it's normal that he - wants to put things right. we do and put things right. we want to, we
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hurdle to get over. hopefully we can he the ones — hurdle to get over. hopefully we can be the ones celebrating. real madrid have also been training on the stade de france grass which is understood to be driven 650 miles from northern spain to be installed ready for the game. it's a record 5th champions league final for real madrid's manager carlo ancelotti and there's an extra bit of needle for liverpool because he managed one of their fiercest rivals — everton last season. i know that the supporters tomorrow for sure, i know that the supporters tomorrow forsure, i know i know that the supporters tomorrow for sure, i know there is a big rivalry amongst the sides, i have the memory of my time spent in liverpool all on the blue side and i'm sure that they will support me tomorrow. one more line of football news — antonio conte will stay as manager of tottenham next season. there had been some doubt over whether conte would stay, despite him leading spurs to champions league qualification. but it seems that the owners�*
pledge to put 150 million pounds into the club, has convinced him to stay on. at the french open tennis — the defending champion and top seed novak djokovic. is safely through to the fourth round. he hasn't dropped a set all week and breezed past aljaz bedene 6—3 6—3 6—2 . djokovic is on course for a potential quarter—final meeting with the 13—time french open champion rafael nadal who beat botic van de zandschulp, also in straight sets. in the women's draw, two seeds have gone today. the olympic champion belinda bencic was knocked—out by the canadian teenager — leylah fernandez in three sets and the 3 time grand slam winner angelique kerber lost to the unseeded aliaksandra sasnovich. ferrari's charles leclerc was fastest in both practice sessions ahead of sunday's monaco grand prix — his home race. leclerc, who lost his championship lead to max verstappen last weekend, wasjust quicker than his ferrari team mate carlos sainz, but nearly half a second quicker
than verstappen who was 4th fastest. mclaren's daniel ricciardo escaped injury after a nasty crash. (ani) and lewis hamilton was way off the pace in 12th, more than one and a half seconds slower than leclerc and afterwards he called it "the bumpiest track he's ever driven." that's all the sport for now. thank you very much indeed. now, still waiting for donald trump to take to the stage at the nra at the national rifle association convention in houston, texas, just about 300 miles away from the mass shooting on tuesday and uvalde. the warm—up speaker there, wayne lapierre, the ceo of the nra has given an address. let's just remind you, though what the nra is and what indeed it stands for. it's the national rifle association, founded in 1871 by two civil war veterans.
when it was established its aim was to �*promote and encourage rifle shooting on a scientific basis. according to its website, it currently has nearly five million members across the us. the nra says it's widely recognised as america's foremost defender of second amendment rights of the us constitution — which is the right of people to keep and bear arms. it's the largest gun—owners�* organisation in the us. and for a while now, one of its main aims has been to lobby against gun—control laws, where it spends officially three—million us dollars each year to influence gun policies. the latest figures from 2020 reports the nra's budget to be about 250 million dollars — far more than all the country's gun control advocacy groups put together.. now, greg abbott, the governor of texas was do to actually go to
houston, texas to address delegates there. the convention this year has been described as 1a acres of guns and gear. the first convention since the pandemic. now, greg abbott decided after the shooting on tuesday not to go there in person. he will send a video address instead and he will be going to uvalde to look at the shrine to the 19 children and two teachers killed by the gunman on tuesday. we will be returning when donald trump takes to the stage. staying in the states, hundreds of fans lined the streets today as johnny depp and amber heard's six week long libel battle reached its final stages. in closing arguments, johnny depp�*s lawyers said the accusations of domestic violence had ruined him. amber heard's legal team said if thejury rejected all her evidence and decided every allegation of abuse was a lie — then what sort of message
was that for other victims of domestic violence. the case has now gone to the jury. david sillito reports now from fairfax virginia. cheering we love you, johnny! it cheering we love ou,johnn! , ., we love you, johnny! it is now finally coming _ we love you, johnny! it is now finally coming to _ we love you, johnny! it is now finally coming to an _ we love you, johnny! it is now finally coming to an end, - we love you, johnny! it is now finally coming to an end, and| we love you, johnny! it is now- finally coming to an end, and johnny depp�*s welcome for today's closing arguments was more than enthusiastic. it's notjust the fans. this courtroom drama has for millions become daily viewing, and it's clear that from the very beginning, it isjohnny depp who is winning the global pr battle. i winning the global pr battle. i believe johnny depp. the i think is believejohnny depp. the i think is very truthful, i thank you been through a lot.— very truthful, i thank you been through a lot. you are convinced johnn ? through a lot. you are convinced johnny? i— through a lot. you are convinced johnny? i am... _ through a lot. you are convinced johnny? i am... i— through a lot. you are convinced johnny? i am... iam _ through a lot. you are convinced johnny? i am... i am 9996, - through a lot. you are convinced johnny? i am... i am 99%, yes. | through a lot. you are convinced - johnny? i am... iam 99%, yes. iam here today— johnny? i am... iam 99%, yes. iam here today because _ johnny? i am... iam 99%, yes. iam here today because i support - johnny? i am... iam 99%, yes. iam here today because i support amber| here today because i support amber heard _ here today because i support amber heard 100%~ — here today because i support amber heard 100%~ he _ here today because i support amber heard 10096-— heard 10096. as he pulled in, the sound of bob _ heard 10096. as he pulled in, the sound of bob marley's _ heard 10096. as he pulled in, the sound of bob marley's war - heard 10096. as he pulled in, the sound of bob marley's war could | heard 10096. as he pulled in, the i sound of bob marley's war could be had from the car speakers, but inside court was rather different.
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friends... they are part of the hoax. it friends... they are part of the hoax. , ., ., . , ., hoax. it is now over. the decision about who _ hoax. it is now over. the decision about who has _ hoax. it is now over. the decision about who has been _ hoax. it is now over. the decision about who has been telling - hoax. it is now over. the decision about who has been telling the i hoax. it is now over. the decision i about who has been telling the truth is now in the hands of the jury. just a quick reminder of our main story this hour. it has emerged that police in to delayed starting a school where the mass shooting was taking place on tuesday because they believe no more pupils were at risk. state official told reporters it was the wrong decision not to break into the wrong decision not to break into the classroom sooner. he says in hindsight, we can always make decisions like that, he believed the attacker had barricaded himself inside a room where no one else was left alive. 21 people, 19 of them children, and two teachers killed by the teenage gunman in uvalde on
tuesday. that is it so far. we will return to texas to catch up with donald trump's speech to the nra when that starts. hello there. for most of us today, it was a lovely day in the sunshine. over the weekend, the weather is going to start to change. there will still be some sunshine, but temperatures are going to be dropping, particularly on sunday. by then, a few more showers as well. not really a cloud in the sky today across many southern parts of the uk. temperatures reach 20s and excels is in the sunshine. a bit more cloud further north, most of the showers have been across northern scotland, and that is where we will keep one or two going well into the night as well. any other showers across northern areas will tend to fade away. skies will clear from most places, a little bit more cloud perhaps coming into northern ireland. the winds will be dropping, though, so it's going to turn quite chilly once again, temperatures down to 6-7 chilly once again, temperatures down to 6—7 celsius by early saturday
morning. of the weekend, high—pressure close to the uk, but just not in the right place, if anything, it will push back up towards iceland. at that sort of position, we are left with a northerly breeze on saturday, and on sunday, that colder air that is in the north will push its way further south. we start the weekend, though, on a bright and sunny notes for many places, and whilst we will see some patchy cloud developing, much of the country will stay dry on saturday with sunny spells. just a change of one or two light showers for eastern scotland, perhaps eastern parts of england. it will feel quite chilly across northern scotland, welds and excels is here, but elsewhere, 16 had cemex celsius, should be a pleasant enough in the sunshine. but we had still got some high pollen levels, grass pollen this time of year, high pollen levels to the midlands and across parts of southern england once again. second half of the weekend, probably sees more cloud around, it will be a bit thicker as well, so a greater chance of catching some showers, especially crescent southern and eastern areas of the uk. still got that northerly breeze, but it's going to be colder,
i think, on sunday. could squeeze 16 celsius in south wales, perhaps 11-12 celsius in south wales, perhaps 11—12 celsius at best and eastern parts of england and eastern scotland. a chilly day for the time of year. pressure continues to fall as we head into monday as well, that high—pressure moving further away from the uk. we are left with lighter winds are much of the country. the stronger when still towards the far northwest of the uk, but otherwise lighter winds, a limited amount of sunshine and there will be some showers, perhaps on the heavy side, and slow moving to. a little bit hit and miss, perhaps. but with more cloud and the threat of some income attempters will be a bit lower as we head into next week.
him him this is bbc world news, the headlines the in texas admit to be too long to storm a classroom where an 18—year—old gunman was shooting a classroom in uvalde. the national rifle association is holding its annual convention. donald trump is due to address the convention in person. protests have been held outside the venue in houston russian backed separatists and eastern ukraine say they have captured in town. the town is on the road to the ukrainian city as the russian targets as moscow tries to take full control of the dundas. and thatjerry and defamation trial of johnny depp and amber heard has begun its deliberations after