THE National Rifle Association’s annual convention is still scheduled to continue this weekend in Houston days after 19 students and two teachers were killed at an elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Senator Ted Cruz are both slated to speak at the event, along with former President Donald Trump.
This comes after Abbott confirmed that Salvador Ramos, 18, opened fire at Robb Elementary on Tuesday afternoon after abandoning his vehicle.
Trump announced on Wednesday that he still plans to attend the pro-gun convention in the wake of the tragedy.
“America needs real solutions and real leadership in this moment, not politicians and partisanship,” Trump said on his app Truth Social.
“That’s why I will keep my longtime commitment to speak in Texas at the NRA Convention and deliver an important address to America.
“In the meantime, we all continue to pray for the victims, their families, and for our entire nation – we are all in this together!”
Read our Texas elementary school shooting live blog for the latest news and updates…
‘We will miss U’
Student Stormy Flores is holding a sign that reads the victims’ names during a vigil at Uvalde County Fairplex Arena.
The vigil is being held a day after a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School.
Gov Greg Abbott also attends
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has also been spotted at the Uvalde County Fairplex, where a vigil is taking place for the victims of yesterday’s shooting.
Sen Ted Cruz at vigil
Sen Ted Cruz has been spotted at the Uvalde County Fairplex this evening, where a vigil is now underway.
The Uvalde County Fairplex is currently holding a vigil for the victims of the mass shooting at Robb Elementary.
The shooting claimed the lives of 19 children and two adults.
Beto O’Rourke removed from press conference
After O’Rourke’s initial heckling at the governor, someone was heard shouting, “I can’t believe you, you sick son of a b***h, you would come to an event like this to make it a political issue. A**holes like you, get out of here.”
Shortly after, O’Rourke was escorted out of the press conference.
He then went outside of the auditorium to speak to the media, where he criticized Abbott for not supporting red flag laws, gun storage laws, and an outright ban on AR-15s and AK-47s.
“This 18-year-old, who just turned 18, bought an AR-15 and took it into an elementary school and shot kids in the face and killed them,” O’Rourke told reporters.
Beto O’Rourke criticizes Gov Abbott
On May 25, 2022, Governor Greg Abbott held a press conference to speak about the Robb Elementary School shooting that left 19 kids and two teachers dead.
Among those in attendance was Beto O’Rourke, who yelled at the Texas governor as he finished speaking at the conference.
“You are doing nothing,” O’Rourke said to the governor, before officials responded, “you’re out of line and an embarrassment,” according to WFLA.
Who is Beto O’Rourke?
O’Rourke is known as an American politician who famously served as the U.S. representative for Texas’ 16th congressional district from 2013 to 2019.
As a member of the Democratic Party, O’Rourke ran for U.S. Senate in 2018 and for a Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.
He is now running against Abbott to become the next governor of Texas.
Shooter’s friends say Ramos was bullied
A friend claimed that Ramos, 18, used to shoot people at random using a BB gun.
Others said he had an obsession with the video game Call of Duty and cut his own face with a knife just for fun.
Ramos was also bullied in school, according to his best friend in eighth grade Stephen Garcia.
Youngest victim was eight years old
Salvador Ramos killed 21 people in total.
19 children and two teachers were confirmed dead in the massacre.
8-year-old grandson, Uziyah Garcia, was named as one of the victims by family members.
The boy’s grandfather, Manny Renfro, described Uziyah as the “sweetest little boy that I’ve ever known” to the Associated Press.
An unnamed child survivor who was shot in the leg during the school shooting told his grandmother how the shooting “sounded like fireworks.”
She told KENS 5 that the massacre happened in her grandson’s classroom at Robb Elementary in Uvalde on Tuesday.
She added: “He’s scared right now, he said he was scared but he’s fine.
“It didn’t do any damage, hopefully no nerve damage and stuff, but he was just released and we thank God for that.
“We’re praying for all of the children that were taken by this mass murderer.”
Gunman’s timeline revealed
Suspected gunman Salvador Ramos shot and killed at least 19 kids in a 94-minute rampage.
Police revealed that Ramos shot his own grandmother before heading to the school.
He then fled the scene and crashed his car near the school – located around 80 miles west of San Antonio.
Ramos reportedly emerged from the car carrying a rifle and law enforcement engaged with him, Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Sergeant Erick Estrada revealed on CNN.
The shooting was first reported just after 11:30am local time, WDIV reported.
Xavier Lopez’s mom saw him hours before death
Xavier Lopez’s mom watched her son at Robb Elementary school’s awards ceremony the morning of the shooting.
The mother was unaware that it would be the last time she would see the fourth-grader, 10, alive.
Irma Garcia died shielding her students
Irma Garcia was a married mother of four and had been teaching at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas for 23 years.
In 2019, she had been nominated as teacher of the year by the Uvalde Independent School District and was named a finalist out of 19 teachers in the San Antonio area for a Trinity University prize that recognizes excellence in teaching.
NBC News reported that Garcia’s son said a friend who works in law enforcement was at the scene and saw Garcia shielding her students.
Garcia’s nephew, John, shared the news of her passing on Facebook in the early hours of May 25.
He wrote, “My tia did not make it, she sacrificed herself protecting the kids in her classroom, I beg of you to keep my family including all of her family in y’all’s prayers.
“IRMA GARCIA IS HER NAME and she died a HERO. She was loved by many and will truly be missed.”
Barack Obama’s statement
Former President Barack Obama tweeted a statement Tuesday night about the Robb Elementary shooting.
“Across the country, parents are putting their children to bed, reading stories, singing lullabies—and in the back of their minds, they’re worried about what might happen tomorrow after they drop their kids off at school, or take them to a grocery store or any other public space.”
Ramos’ gun posts and TikTok warning
Horrifying posts by suspected Texas school shooter Salvador Ramos feature rifles and an eerie warning for kids to “be scared” in real life.
Texas State Senator Roland Gutierrez, speaking to CNN, made mention of Ramos’ threatening social media posts after stating that the suspect bought the weapons used in the mass shooting on his 18th birthday in the Uvalde area.
Ramos’ TikTok bio read: “Kids be scared irl [in real life].”
The account, which displayed only one video of a mobile game, was taken down following the shooting.
Ramos told coworker he was saving for guns
Grace Cruz, 18, worked with suspected shooter Salvador Ramos at a Wendy’s fast-food restaurant and described her former co-worker as a “rude, creepy and scruffy” guy, saying she kept her distance from the teen because she felt unsafe.
Cruz exclusively told The US Sun that Ramos openly talked about how he was using the money from the job to buy guns and ammo and suddenly quit weeks before the school shooting after making enough.
“He had mental problems, emotional problems, personal problems, every type of problem,” Cruz said about Ramos.
Abbott says gun laws won’t help
Abbott references Chicago and Los Angeles and says that their gun laws don’t stop shootings from happening.
School resource officer approached gunman
Steve McCraw, the director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, confirmed that a school resource officer approached Salvador Ramos outside of Robb Elementary.
Ramos was still able to enter the school.
Beto O’Rourke heckled Abbott
The man who approached the stage was Former United States Representative Beto O’Rourke.
O’Rourke heckled and yelled at Texas Governor Greg Abbott while he was holding a press conference following the elementary school shooting.
Someone, who appeared to be on the stage, was then heard shouting, “you’re a sick son of a b***h.”
‘Focus on these families’
Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick says that the families of the victims need to be supported in the community in the wake of this tragedy.
“We are better than this, as a country,” Patrick said.
‘Put aside personal agendas’
Governor Greg Abbott speaks again after an attendee approached the stage at the press conference and was ushered out, with some officials calling him a “sick son of a b***h for making this political.”
“We need to put aside personal agendas,” Abbott said.
Abbott calls for mental health support
Governor Abbott says that mental health services are necessary in times like these.
Facebook posts revealing intentions
Governor Abbott said that the gunman posted on Facebook 30 minutes before the shootings.
He said “I’m going to shoot my grandmother.”
Then posted, “I shot my grandmother.”
Then his final post less than 15 minutes before entering the school, “I’m going to shoot an elementary school.”
No criminal history identified yet
Abbott said that the gunman was a high school dropout and he did not have a known criminal record.
“There was no meaningful forewarning of this crime.”
Parents still looking
Abbott says that parents should contact victim services at the county Fairplex.
“We know that there are still parents striving to make a connection.”