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Before he opened fire in a Texas elementary school — killing 19 small children — teenager Salvador Ramos first shot his grandmother, officials said.
The 18-year-old, who died when police tried to arrest him, was a US citizen and a student in Uvalde, a small community near the Mexican border where the tragedy took place.
A mugshot of Ramos that circulated in local media showed a young man with brown hair, looking in front of him with an expressionless gaze.
“The first incident was at their grandmother’s residence where he shot the grandmother,” said Erick Estrada of the Texas Department of Public Safety, adding she was later airlifted to a medical facility.
A 66-year-old woman was admitted to a hospital in San Antonio in critical condition following the shooting, according to healthcare officials, who did not provide any further details.
After firing at his grandmother, Ramos fled the scene in a car wearing a bulletproof vest and armed with a rifle, Estrada said.
He then crashed near a ditch outside Robb Elementary School, got out, and headed for the school, where law enforcement officers tried, but failed, to stop him.
At around 11:30 am local time (1630 GMT) Ramos burst into the school and opened fire.
“And then from there, that’s when he went on and entered several classrooms and started shooting his firearm,” Estrada said on CNN.
End of school year
Thursday was meant to be the last day of the school year for the 500 students at Robb Elementary, who are aged five to 11 and mostly Hispanic.
Estrada said no car chases had been reported in the area, suggesting that the traffic accident was unprovoked.
Two police officers suffered minor injuries in the shootout, Abbott said.
Investigators were working to obtain “detailed background information on the subject, his motive, the types of weapons used, the legal authority to possess them, and conduct a comprehensive crime-scene investigation and reconstruction,” Abbot said.
It is unclear whether Ramos had previous run-ins with law enforcement, according to Estrada.
Pete Arredondo, the Uvalde School District Police Chief in charge of the investigation, said Ramos acted alone.
Fox News corporate chief shrugs off complaints of network's white nationalism: 'Comes with the territory'
Lachlan Murdoch, the executive chairman and CEO of the parent company of Fox News does not appear concerned about the far right-wing network's embrace of white nationalism, saying the growing criticism just "comes with the territory."
"I think when you're in the news business, and you're number one," said Murdoch in an interview with Axios, "you get a lot of heat and it just comes with the territory."
"I think the world is more divided and on edge than it has been, you know, for a very long time," Murdoch, son of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, added. "I think on the noise around it, so much of it is politicized ... And so, you've got to be tough about it."
The 50-year-old Murdoch took no responsibility for the world being more divided, on edge, and politicized.
Axios points out that a "broad array of Democratic officials and progressive groups have criticized Fox News, saying its hosts have referenced the 'great replacement theory,' a racist conspiracy theory that reportedly inspired the Buffalo shooter."
Like his father, Lachlan Murdoch shares citizenship with Australia and the United States (but also with the U.K.)
Last week, former GOP strategist Steve Schmidt called on the United States government to revoke Rupert Murdoch's U.S. citizenship. He said the 91-year-old Australian-born media titan is “the most venomous and dangerous foreigner to ever arrive on American soil.”
The January 6 Committee will prove a massive conspiracy. That conspiracy will likely involve @foxnews hosts and personalities. @rupertmurdoch is responsible for what happens on @foxnews, which has long claimed in Federal Court that is not news but entertainment.
— Steve Schmidt (@SteveSchmidtSES) May 17, 2022
Meanwhile, Media Matters senior fellow Matthew Gertz noted, "Lachlan Murdoch has apparently given up on his obvious lie that Tucker Carlson doesn’t promote 'replacement theory,' he is making it quite clear that Fox prioritizes white supremacist content."
The Washington Post's Philip Bump says Lachlan Murdoch is blaming "complaints about white nationalist rhetoric on jealousy."
"Presented with Tucker Carlson combining anti-left and anti-immigrant rhetoric into an indefensible the elites are out to get regular Americans narrative — a common racist trope — the CEO of Fox responds: Haters gonna hate. Never mind that nearly half of Republicans now think that this theory accurately reflects reality; people are just jealous of Fox News.
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough singled out his friend Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) for refusing to budge on gun safety reform following another elementary school massacre.
An 18-year-old gunman walked into Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, and gunned down at least 19 children and two adults, and the "Morning Joe" host said it was long past time for Congress to restrict access to weapons of mass murder.
"They're cowards, they're such cowards," Scarborough said. "Of course, they don't want to talk about it, just like Jan. 6, like we saw in the focus group, they want you to forget about it. When is the right time to talk about 9/11? Oh, I don't know, a year later -- no I would say a pretty damned good time to talk about 9/11 would have been on 9/11, when it was happening, on 9/12, how did this happen? Let's make sure this never happens again."
"These fools -- they're not fools, they know exactly what they're doing -- these barbarians, they get on TV, and they say, 'Oh, let's not talk about it now,'" he added. "There's 5-, 6-, 7-, 8-, 9-, 10-, 11-year-old kids now in our schools from Newtown to Texas, they're getting gunned down by military weapons, so mutilated that their moms and dads can't even recognize their faces, and Washington does nothing."
"Hey Joe Manchin, it's time you did something, all right?" Scarborough said. "Do something. Joe, I'm kind of tired. We're friends -- I'm just going to tell you, your old routine, 'Oh, it's always this person or that' -- Joe, why don't you get out in front of something for once in five years and start talking about what you can do and instead of what you can't do? Because all you ever talk about is what you can't do."
"You're a Democrat that got this right after Newtown, and you pushed with Pat Toomey and you pushed with him on background checks," he added. "You need to do that again, 90 percent of Americans support background checks -- 90 percent. Almost two-thirds of Americans oppose military-style weapons. Almost two-thirds of Americans, overwhelming number of Americans support gun safety laws that Congress will not pass."
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