14 students, 1 teacher dead after Elementary School shooting in Texas

14 students, 1 teacher dead after Elementary School shooting in Texas

Law enforcement personnel stand outside Robb Elementary School following a shooting, Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

Law enforcement personnel stand outside Robb Elementary School following a shooting, Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

Law enforcement personnel stand outside Robb Elementary School following a shooting, Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

OAN NEWSROOM
UPDATED 3 PT – Tuesday, May 24, 2022

14 children and one teacher are dead after a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday afternoon. Reports say 12 others were injured. 18-year-old suspect Salvador Ramos opened fire at the school about 80-miles west of San Antonio.

“He shot and killed, horrifically and incomprehensibly, 14 students and killed a teacher,” Governor Greg Abbott said.

Speaking at a press conference in Abilene, Abbott said the suspected shooter is dead after being fatally wounded by law enforcement. Two officers were struck when they apparently exchanged gunfire with the shooter, they sustained non-life-threatening injuries. It is believed that Ramos abandoned his vehicle and entered into the Robb Elementary School with a handgun, and maybe a rifle, but it has not yet been confirmed.

“The investigation is leading to tell us the suspect did act alone during this heinous crime,” stated Pete Arredondo, the Chief of Police for the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District.

Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District officials said all local schools went into lockdown as news of the active shooter spread. Student and teachers were evacuated to the city’s civic center where parents are being told they can now pick up their children. Meanwhile, the shooting remains under investigation.

We’ll bring you more information as it comes into our newsroom.

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14 students, 1 teacher dead after Elementary School shooting in Texas

14 students, 1 teacher dead after Elementary School shooting in Texas

Law enforcement personnel stand outside Robb Elementary School following a shooting, Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

Law enforcement personnel stand outside Robb Elementary School following a shooting, Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

Law enforcement personnel stand outside Robb Elementary School following a shooting, Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

OAN NEWSROOM
UPDATED 3 PT – Tuesday, May 24, 2022

14 children and one teacher are dead after a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday afternoon. Reports say 12 others were injured. 18-year-old suspect Salvador Ramos opened fire at the school about 80-miles west of San Antonio.

“He shot and killed, horrifically and incomprehensibly, 14 students and killed a teacher,” Governor Greg Abbott said.

Speaking at a press conference in Abilene, Abbott said the suspected shooter is dead after being fatally wounded by law enforcement. Two officers were struck when they apparently exchanged gunfire with the shooter, they sustained non-life-threatening injuries. It is believed that Ramos abandoned his vehicle and entered into the Robb Elementary School with a handgun, and maybe a rifle, but it has not yet been confirmed.

“The investigation is leading to tell us the suspect did act alone during this heinous crime,” stated Pete Arredondo, the Chief of Police for the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District.

Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District officials said all local schools went into lockdown as news of the active shooter spread. Student and teachers were evacuated to the city’s civic center where parents are being told they can now pick up their children. Meanwhile, the shooting remains under investigation.

We’ll bring you more information as it comes into our newsroom.

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FBI uncovers Iraqi man’s plot to assassinate former President George W. Bush

FBI uncovers Iraqi man’s plot to assassinate former President George W. Bush

FILE - U.S. President George W. Bush, reacts, after shoes were thrown at him, by a correspondent, during a joint press conference with Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, not seen, in Baghdad, Iraq, Dec. 14, 2008. Bush is facing criticism after mistakenly describing the invasion of Iraq — which he led as commander in chief — as “brutal” and “wholly unjustified,” before correcting himself to say he meant to refer to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. He added, “Iraq, too — anyway.” The 75-year-old former president made the comment during a speech Wednesday night in Dallas, jokingly blamed the mistake on his age. (AP Photo/ Thaier al-Sudani, Pool, File)

FILE - U.S. President George W. Bush, reacts, after shoes were thrown at him, by a correspondent, during a joint press conference with Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, not seen, in Baghdad, Iraq, Dec. 14, 2008. Bush is facing criticism after mistakenly describing the invasion of Iraq — which he led as commander in chief — as “brutal” and “wholly unjustified,” before correcting himself to say he meant to refer to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. He added, “Iraq, too — anyway.” The 75-year-old former president made the comment during a speech Wednesday night in Dallas, jokingly blamed the mistake on his age. (AP Photo/ Thaier al-Sudani, Pool, File)

FILE – U.S. President George W. Bush, reacts, after shoes were thrown at him, by a correspondent, during a joint press conference with Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, not seen, in Baghdad, Iraq, Dec. 14, 2008. (AP Photo/ Thaier al-Sudani, Pool, File)

OAN NEWSROOM
UPDATED 1:50 PM PT – Tuesday, May 24, 2022

An Iraqi man living in Columbus, Ohio is in FBI custody in connection with a suspected ISIS plot to assassinate former President George W. Bush. According to a recently unsealed search warrant Shihab Ahmend Shihab detailed his plan to take revenge for the Iraq War to an informant.

That same informant reportedly drove the suspect around Dallas, Texas in February, where he took video and photos of Bush’s home and offices. Federal agents said the suspect wanted to assassinate Bush because he felt the former president was responsible for “killing many Iraqis and breaking apart the country after the 2003 US military invasion.”

“President Bush has all the confidence in the world,” said the former Chief of Staff Freddy Ford. “In the U.S. Secret Service, our law enforcement and intelligence communities.”

The FBI claimed that Shihab belonged to a group named Arabic for Thunder, headed until recently by a former pilot for the executed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. The FBI also surveilled the suspect’s WhatsApp account to collect evidence and said he had been living in the U.S. since 2020.

Shihab allegedly told the informant “he wanted to be involved in the actual attack and assassination” and that he “did not care if he died as he would be proud to have been involved.” A federal agent mentioned that he inquired about how to obtain fake FBI and police badges.

The suspect is also accused of trying to smuggle four other Iraqi nationals into the country across the southern border. He is being charged with aiding and abetting the attempted murder of former President Bush which carries a prison sentence up to 20 years, along with being charged with attempting to illegally bring an individual into the U.S., a crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

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Gov. Ron Desantis launches hometown heroes program

Gov. Ron Desantis launches hometown heroes program

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a news conference after announcing a $20 million dollar program to create cybersecurity opportunities through the Florida Center for Cybersecurity at the University of South Florida Wednesday, March 2, 2022, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a news conference after announcing a $20 million dollar program to create cybersecurity opportunities through the Florida Center for Cybersecurity at the University of South Florida Wednesday, March 2, 2022, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a news conference after announcing a $20 million dollar program to create cybersecurity opportunities through the Florida Center for Cybersecurity at the University of South Florida Wednesday, March 2, 2022, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

OAN NEWSROOM
UPDATED 11:30 AM PT – Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Florida Governor Ron Desantis (R-Fla.) launched his new Hometown Heroes initiative. In a press conference on Monday, Desantis announced the new program which will help first responders, teachers and medical workers become homeowners.

“What we’re going to be doing today is announcing we are launching a hometown heroes initiative in the state of Florida to help these folks achieve homeownership,” said Desantis. “This is a hundred-million dollar program that will provide down payment and closing cost assistance to more than 50 different professions when buying their first home.”

The program is administered by the Florida Housing and Finance Corporation. It is geared to expanding on Florida’s existing housing programs to reach critical workers and those who have served our country. Prior to this initiative, Desantis signed a bill offering a five-thousand dollar bonus for anyone who chooses to become a police officer.

He says the program will be the most inclusive income eligibility program in the state and would allow applicants to take out a small mortgage loan. The governor then went on to announce that a portion of the state’s budget will be dedicated to creating more affordable workforce housing.

“So they come here, any of our folks that are already here, people come and get the five-thousand dollar bonus,” he stated. “Then your able to apply to be a home buyer. Five-percent or up to 25-thousand dollars of mortgage loan amount, you can get support from. This will be the highest most inclusive income eligibility of any of Florida’s housing down payment assistance programs that we’ve ever had. We’re also going to be approving a total of 360-million in workforce housing in this year’s budget.”

To qualify for this program homebuyers must connect with a participating loan officer, have a minimum credit score of 640, provide certification for one of the eligible occupations, and meet the income threshold for their county.

The program is set to begin later this year in July, but eligible Florida citizens can submit an application one month in advance.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tours southern border

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tours southern border

FILE - In this March 16, 2020, file photo, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks during a news conference in San Antonio. Gov. Abbott, in defending Texas' near-ban on abortions, says women and girls who are raped won't be forced to give birth because the new law "provides at least six weeks for a person to be able to get an abortion." But that's not how pregnancy works. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

FILE - In this March 16, 2020, file photo, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks during a news conference in San Antonio. Gov. Abbott, in defending Texas' near-ban on abortions, says women and girls who are raped won't be forced to give birth because the new law "provides at least six weeks for a person to be able to get an abortion." But that's not how pregnancy works. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

FILE – In this March 16, 2020, file photo, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks during a news conference in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

OAN NEWSROOM
UPDATED 2:55 PM PT – Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Texas Governor Greg Abbott made a visit to the southern border on Wednesday, to get a first-hand look at President Joe Biden’s migrant crisis. The governor toured Texas National Guard and Texas Department of Public Safety border security assets in Eagle Pass, Texas.

During a press conference, Abbott provided an update on his state’s border security strategies along the Rio Grande. He said the lone star state will use resources to build a stronger, more efficient barrier to deter illegal crossings including razor wire.

“One of those strategies is increasing the quantity and quality in the types of barriers that we’re putting up,” said Abbott. “A tool that people agree is an effective tool is the concertina wire, which is the razor wire barrier that makes it far more difficult for people to cross the border.”

Abbott also discussed the state’s continued efforts to work alongside law enforcement partners in Mexico and the several Mexican states including Chihuaha, which he signed historic border security agreements with last month. The Republican governor also detailed the state’s on-going support for local border communities including Eagle Pass as they grapple with the mass influx of illegal immigrants. If all else fails sending more buses of illegal immigrants to Washington, D.C. could be in the cards.

“We are also making available to Eagle Pass and Maverick County the ability to be bussed to Washington, D.C. if a large number of people are milling around,” the governor voiced. “As of today we have sent 45 buses to Washington, D.C. and a whole lot more where that’s coming from.” 

Abbott’s remarks come on the day Joe Biden intended to lift Title 42. While it’s expiration was blocked by a federal court he warned this is only a temporary result. He stressed that the lone star state will not waiver in it’s efforts to secure the border.

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