NRA convention 2022 watch LIVE — Texas Governor Greg Abbott CANCELS Houston speech after Uvalde school shooting

TEXAS Governor Greg Abbott has canceled his speech at the Houston NRA Convention following the Uvalde school shooting.

Instead, the Governor will hold a press conference at Uvalde High School at 3.30pm on Friday – which is when he was supposed to speak at the National Rifle Association meeting.

In lieu of his appearance at the convention, Abbott will send a pre-recorded video to the summit.

It comes just days after Salvador Ramos opened fire at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon where he killed 19 children and two teachers. He also left 17 others injured.

After one hour of being in the school, Ramos was shot dead by police.

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  • Jennifer Korn

    Flags lowered to half-staff

    President Biden has ordered US flags to be lowered to half-staff at the White House and around the nation until Saturday night, Craig Caplan reports.

    "As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on May 24th by a gunman at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.”

  • Jennifer Korn

    'I'm surprised by what he did'

    "My son wasn't a violent person. I'm surprised by what he did," the shooter's mother told the Mail.

    "I pray for those families. I'm praying for all of those innocent children. Yes, I am. They (the children) had no part in this."

    "I had a good relationship with him. He kept to himself; he didn't have many friends."

  • Jennifer Korn

    Suspect's mother 'surprised'

    Despite her son's egregious act, Adriana Reyes told the Mail Ramos was not a "violent person" and was "surprised" by the horrific killing spree.

    Speaking to the outlet from her mother's bedside, Adriana admitted her son was a loner who "kept to himself and didn't have many friends" but shot down claims she had a toxic relationship with him.

  • Jennifer Korn

    'They think they know everything'

    Rolando Reyes said his grandson was quiet but he would sometimes take him to work with him.

    "Sometimes, I'd take him to work with me. Not all the time, but sometimes. This past year he didn't go to school. He didn't graduate. You would try to tell him, but kids nowadays they think they know everything," the 74-year-old told ABC.

    Reyes was out of the house on Tuesday when the teen shot his grandmother.

    A neighbor called him to tell him his wife had been shot, but by the time he got back to the house, Ramos had escaped in his grandmother's car.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Suspect's grandfather comments

    Ramos' grandfather, Rolando Reyes, told ABC News that he had no idea that his grandson had purchased the weapons or that they were in his house.

    Reyes, 74, who has a past felony conviction, cannot have firearms in his house, saying he would have turned his grandson in if he knew.

    The 74-year-old said there were no signs the morning of the shooting that anything unusual was going to happen.

    He revealed Ramos had a minor argument with his grandmother over the payment of a phone bill, but nothing significant.

  • Jennifer Korn

    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.

  • Jennifer Korn

    'Firework sounds'

    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."

  • Jennifer Korn

    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.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Steve Kerr gives passionate speech following shooting

    Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr delivered a passionate speech following the massacre.

    He said: "When are we going to do something.

    “I’m tired. I am so tired of getting up here and offering condolences to the devastated families that are out there.

    "I am so tired of the, excuse me, I am sorry, I am tired of the moments of silence. Enough!”

    Kerr is a long-time advocate of gun control after his father Malcolm Kerr was killed in Beirut, Lebanon in 1984.

  • Jennifer Korn

    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."

  • Jennifer Korn

    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.

  • Jennifer Korn

    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.

  • Jennifer Korn

    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.

  • Jennifer Korn

    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."

  • Jennifer Korn

    No criminal history identified yet

    Gov Greg 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."

  • Jennifer Korn

    Salvador Ramos 'argued with grandma before shooting'

    Police revealed that Ramos shot his own grandmother before heading to the school.

    The pair reportedly had an argument about Ramos’ failure to graduate.

    She was admitted to the hospital in a critical condition after being airlifted to San Antonio.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Blood donations needed

    The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center is in critical need of blood donations following the mass shooting, according to KSAT.

    STBTC confirmed to the outlet that it sent at least 15 units to victims at Uvalde Memorial Hospital, but its supply is running out.

    An emergency blood drive is scheduled Wednesday from 9am to 2pm at the Herby Ham Activity Center in Uvalde.

  • Jennifer Korn

    About Uvalde, Texas

    Uvalde, Texas, has a population of about 16,000 people.

    The town is about 75 miles from the Mexico border and 85 miles from San Antonio.

    Robb Elementary School has an enrollment of just under 600 students and is reportedly in a residential area of the town. 

  • Jennifer Korn

    Senator Chris Murphy: 'What are we doing?'

    Sen. Murphy referred to the shooting at Robb Elementary as "another Sandy Hook."

    "What are we doing?"

  • Jennifer Korn

    Age range of student victims

    According to Sky News, the deceased and injured students are in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade, between the ages of eight and 11.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Robb Elementary statement

    The rest of the Facebook statement reads:

    Uvalde CISD Staff are to report to their campuses tomorrow. School counselors will be available at all campuses to provide counseling support. Surrounding community counselors will be available at the Civic Center tomorrow to assist the Robb students, parents and faculty with counseling support. This is a tragic time in our district, we will come together to begin the healing process.

    This is a difficult time for everyone, however the gentle support all school community members give to each other during this time is the first step in healing. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your campus principal or your child’s school counselor.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Robb Elementary's statement

    In a Facebook post following the shooting, Robb Elementary issued a statement to parents and faculty:

    Uvalde CISD Parents and Faculty,

    Our community has experienced a terrible tragedy. We must come together to console one another and respect the privacy of the families. Please keep all families in your prayers.

    School has been canceled for the rest of the school year for our students. This includes all extra-curricular activities for Wednesday and Thursday. The Graduation Ceremony will be addressed at a later time.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Suspect shared chilling plot in Instagram messages

    An Instagram user revealed haunting messages allegedly sent by the suspect, Salvador Ramos, after the shooting on Tuesday.

    The account claiming to be the alleged gunman tagged a random user in a photo featuring weapons.

    “You gonna repost my gun pics,” wrote the suspected shooter.

    The person he tagged, who claims that she does not know the shooter and doesn’t live in Texas, asked: “What your guns gotta do with me?”

    The shooter writes back: “Just wanted to tag you.”

  • Jennifer Korn

    Gov Abbott to address NRA convention

    Texas Governor Abbott is planning to hold a press conference in Uvalde, TX on Friday.

    He is expected to address the upcoming NRA convention via pre-recorded video, instead of a scheduled in-person appearance, according to Lauren McGaughy, Reporter via Twitter.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Top five deadliest school shootings: Sandy Hook Elementary

    On December 14, 2012, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting took place.

    The school is located in Newtown, Connecticut, and remains the deadliest K-12 school shooting in the United States, Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

    A total of 26 people were killed at the time including 20 students and six teachers.

    Adam Lanza was the perpetrator who killed his mother and 25 other people in the shooting.

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