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police officials now say, i was a mistake to not engage the shooter earlier. >> i was misled. i'm livid about what happened. >> texas governor, aiming his iron at law enforcement. my >> expectation is that the law enforcement leaders that are leading the investigations, which includes the texas rangers and the fbi, they get to the bottom of every fact with absolute certainty. >> after a damning new admissions from texas authorities -- they incident commander making the decision not to immediately enter the classroom the gunman was in. >> this was a barricaded subject -- there was time to retrieve the keys and wait for a tactical team with the equipment to go ahead and reach the door and take on the --
officials explained how the shooter got into the school. -- was propped open by a teacher. investigators clarified the timeline as police arrived. >> they went directly to the door and two received grazing wounds at that time from the suspect. while the door was closed. 11:37, there was more gunfire, another 16 rounds were fired. 11:37, -- 16 seven -- 11:44 -- 11:51, police sergeant started to arrive. at 12 or three, officers continue to arrive in the hallway there were as many as 19 officers at the time in that hallway. >> officers did not enter the room until a janitor provided keys. >> they reach the door using keys, they were able to get
from the janitor, because both doors were locked. -- we're locked when officers arrived. they killed the suspect at the time. . >>,,, they both made esper calls to 9-1-1. >> she whispered, room 1:12. at 12:10, she called back, and she advised that multiple were dead. a 12:13, she called on the phone. again, at 12:16, she called back to say there was a ton on students alive. . >> minutes later, a student called. >> student child, called back, and was told to stay home to be the quiet, and was told that he shot the door. around 12:43, and 12:47, she
asked 9-1-1 to police on the police, now. >> she say that his daughter emory may have been one of those students, who tried to call 9-1-1. she was killed during the shooting. >> something needs to be done now but are we doing from here? you are wrong, when we do now? you know? that's my question. what are we going to do now? >> you have the ability, the accountability >> right, someone needs to be responsible. . warning signs, missed. >> they asked a sister and to help icon and she flatly receive. used with social media group chats and posts, as far back as last february, offering red flags. >> the instagram of the four group chats -- it was -- a school shooter. that was on february 28th, 2022. on march 14th, there was an instagram posting by the subject, in quotations, ten
more days. user replied, are you gonna shoot up the school or something? the subject replied, no, and stop asking them questions and you will see. >> the governor says he expects new laws to be passed to address what happened here. he also says expect both the fbi and the texas rangers to investigate every law enforcement official that was involved with what happened. jason carroll, cnn, uvalde, texas. >> about an hour ago, i spoke about the delayed police response with former fbi special agent and asked him, how could something that even happen. >> if they had followed protocol, none of that would've been true. when you have three officers in the hall -- if you get three, you're doing
well. those officers should've continued down towards the sound of the shots and eliminated the shooter. the problem with him saying we don't think any more kids were alive, that was 45 minutes after they stopped doing what they should've done. >> yeah, exactly. meanwhile, that was in the last of the shooting. do you think the children actually died because law enforcement didn't act properly? it certainly looks that way. -- not being helped -- >> i responded to one active shooter at a school and the shooting was over and the shooter had gotten off the property almost immediately. i believe 5 to 7 people shot. five of them who were five years old and one of them wouldn't have lasted another five minutes. the rest of them, i doubt they
would've lasted 30 minutes. for them to delay in our, i find it hard to believe that lives couldn't have been saved. as you say, there was another round of shots at 12:20 or so. those kids would not have been injured. >> he also said the shooting clearly shows a u.s. gun policy needs to change. texas officials have revised a key detail about the response to the shooting. the armed officer assigned to protect the school was not on the scene when the gunman arrived. brian todd with that. >> among several disturbing accounts from the texas law enforcement official -- an admission that the resource officer for the elementary school, not only dining gauge the shooter as was a recently claimed. >> that officer was not see, not on campus. -- drove immediately to the area,
sped to what he thought was the man with a gun, to the back of a school, which are not to be a teacher, and not the suspect. in doing so, he drove right by the suspects, who is hunkered down behind a vehicle, where he began shooting at the school. >> a misstep that analysts say could be attributed to the confusion in the first moments of any mass shooting. now, new attention is being focused on the -- local police whose -- middle and high schools across america to protect students from shootings like this. >> there are no studies show that they have been affected in preventing damage -- professor of new mexico state university co-wrote a 2019 study on measures taken to prevent school violence. he says, in many cases, training for these officers is consistent or outright insufficient. he says, school officers are
simply tasked to cover too much ground. >> they have to be at the exact place, exact moment, exact time, in front of the shooter to confront them and minimize the damage. that does not happen. it's not practically possible for him to be in front of a shooter every time a shooter comes in. shooters do plan a lot. they don't really want to confront. people >> in one fifth in this case, a resource officer was accused of hiding from a shooter. parkland, florida february, 2018, broward county sheriff, -- was widely criticized for staying outside for 45 minutes and not going inside to confront a gunman who killed 17 people. peterson denied accusations, saying, he thought the shots were from outside. the national association of school resource officers acknowledge there were failures at parkland, but rejects the idea that the thousands of officers on school campuses don't make a difference. >> they do make a difference. they stop acts all the time
from becoming a disaster, a massacre, like occurred in uvalde. mccarty from the un -- says his group is pushing for more uniform training of those officers and is pushing for those who will sign officers to schools not to assault officers who maybe a year away from retirement, and wanted to the final year. and not design officers who may have had trouble water patrols. -- it's too often that often is a better place in schools. brian todd, cnn, washington >> ukraine says it urgently needs more firepower to stop russia's advance. long-range weapons like these could dramatically alter the battlefield, if the west agrees to send them. we'll have that and ukraine's president says that even if the russian army destroys everything, the donbas will remain ukrainian and will -- we'll be right back.
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-- that have far greater range than howitzers. the pentagon confirms that is looking at the request but no decision has been made. despite facing enormous difficulties in the donbas, ukraine's president remains confident that his military will prevail. [interpreter] >> that's why we have to increase our defense. increase our resistance. don bass will be ukraine again,
even if russia will bring all suffering to donbas. we will rebuild every town, every community. there is no real alternative. >> donetsk is a crucial city if russia hopes to subjugate the donbas and the neighboring town of -- appears to be the russian army's next objective. we have more from cnn, as nick paton walsh. >> -- in putin's crosshairs. only one bridge left -- >> across that river, next in line is here. twin city. the remnants of its once 100,000 people, facing an enemy that they rarely see. only here and feel the living
[noise] -- >> essentially, a bit to collect as many people with disabilities, who needed as much help as they can to get them out >> for catarina, it's 74, the world has swirled around her run room flat. now is time for her and her husband valentine to go. once, and perhaps, for all these moments are not in tanks
lost. alliances, forged, buildings hammered. but, in twilight days, totally up rooted, in tiny moments of unconcerned about panic. >> this briefcase, carefully packed by valentine, contains all of their documents, for whatever it is, that comes. but here, closer to russian-backed separatist areas of ukraine, it is not that simple this, lurch young family, which like so much of the town, has relatives in russia, but no gas, or electricity, seems to prefer an outdoor stove, and nights in the basement, to leaving. they do not seem to perturbed, despite the blasts. they say they want peace. sometimes, you feel, they don't want you to know who side there are on, especially this man,
when we mention americ a but still, there world's underground, with fine dust, in the damp air. their kitten, born into the war. their children, sleep, broken, by shelling. at the cemetery, the cost is more stark. it has three types of mask rate. this line, already filled, with some of the 160 dead, whose relatives cannot bury them, yet this, one half filled with the bodies collected daily. their names, recorded on each back. and this one, yawning, empty, a sign of the savagery they know to come. nick paton walsh, cnn, ukraine >> natalia is a national
security research fellow, with the institute for the study of war. it's good to have you want to talk about this. you wrote another piece on foreign policy talk calm about this issue. the russians are, obviously, consolidating territory that they've gained in the east, in the house southeast. one of the risks of the russians digging in their, and why is their urgency to not let them stay? >> there are several risks. first, not russia will establish a military foothold in the southeast, and will launch attacks from ukraine, again, the moment that it assesses an opportune moment to do so. partly, because russia's goals have not changed. it is still control over ukraine. this intent, will likely, carry over to their own successor, unless we see an indication otherwise. >> go ahead, yes, the second
thing? >> the second is that people, in the occupied territories, are subjected to constant russian atrocities. those are part of the russian ways of war. atrocities, against a very people, that russia claims to protect will continue, if russian forces are allowed to do again. >> we have the map up, so let's pull it back up for people to see what we are talking about here. if russia does continue to hold that corridor, it is true in the southeast, and we can see it there, along the sea of azov, and the black sea as well. can you see the next step being odessa, and then a bridge to the territory of transnistria? a breakaway territory in moldova? moldova itself? and so on? >> ukraine is not the only country that putin has been trying to control. regaining control has also been high on the kremlin's list. i do see russia using military foothold in ukraine southeast,
to launch a future attack on odessa, which it means to them, to link its gains with transnistria, which it occupies. so, its foothold will threaten not only ukraine, but also, the broader regions. >> we talk about the urgency of the specific areas. what is the window, do you think, for preventing a permanent, or even semi permanent, russian hold on those particular parts of ukraine? perhaps even annexing territory, as they did in crimea? >> i think the urgency is driven by a number of factors. first, we do see russia setting conditions for potential annexation of those territories, and trying to absorb the occupied areas into the russian structures. however, russia has not yet established a permanent, political control. it is trying to dig in militarily, as well. but, the longer it stays there, the harder it will be to expel it. i think that atrocity is another factor, driving
urgency. the faster you can can liberate those territories, the faster it will liberate the people. in fact, it is the only way to ensure that atrocity stop. finally, there is also a limit, constrained on how much capable power you can deploy in the short term, but, time can allow him to reorient to russia. both its people, and economy, on the long term. >> what does ukraine need to stop all of that happening? and, how likely, or possible, is it that ukraine could prevail, militarily? >> russia is focused, right now, trying to take donetsk and, establish control of the luhansk region. it is inflicting severe damages on ukraine, but only doing so, because russia chose to concentrate, forces, and firepower, in that area. it is important to know that ukraine defeated russia's objectives, in the first phase of this war, and launched a
successful counteroffensive to expel russian forces from turkey's access. so, as long as ukraine is willing to fight, the west should provide all of the military aid ukraine needs to both defend itself, but also, over time, liberated's territories. >> we're nearly out of time, let me get this, into. we've seen, with the mass shootings in the u.s., the elections, and so on, the coverage of the war, perhaps, understandably, has been massively reduced. what other risks of waning, western focus, on this war in ukraine? >> i do think it is a risk. in fact, putin, in the past, has gained, sometimes, only by outlasting the west in the information space. that is why it's important to note, it is a black and white warm. it is still a black and white war. ukraine's objectives are still the same as liberating its territories, and its people. there is nothing ambiguous about this.
i think one of the west top priorities should be ensuring that russia does not introduce ambiguity into the information space. >> always good to get your thoughts, thank you very much. >> no, thank you. >> there is outrage in brazil, over a viral video, showing a man, dying, and police custody. a warning to viewers, the footage, of course, is disturbing to watch. the video appears to show a man being asphyxiated, inside of a police car. when one of the clips of is officers placing the handcuffs man into the trunk of their suv. and then, with the rear hatch closed, as you can see there, the vehicle fills up with an unknown smoke, or gas, a screams or heard. the widely shared clip, sparking protests in the city on thursday. federal police say, the 38-year-old man, and their word, actively resisted the officers, and they were forced to use, quote, a mobilization
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are you a christian author with a book that you're ready to share with the world? get published now, call for your free publisher kit today! welcome back to our viewers, in the united states, and canada, i am michael holmes, you are watching cnn newsroom. texas officials, facing growing outrage in the town it of valdez, after admitting huge mistakes were made, in the response to tuesday's horrific shooting at an elementary school. authorities revealed, 77 minutes past, between the time that the government entered the school, to win a tactical team, finally, entered the classroom, or the 18-year-old had barricaded himself with
students, and two teachers. we have also learned, up to 19 officers were waiting in the hallway, for almost 15 minutes, well children, locked inside of the classroom, frantically, called 9-1-1, pleading for help. police say, they did not storm the rooms because the commanding officer thought, the active shooter phase of the incident was over. it was not. well many people are calling for stricter gun control, following that deadly shooting, texas governor, greg abbott, insists that the focus should be on mental health. cnn's nick watt reports. >> governor greg abbott is not talking at all about gun control. but, he does talk a lot about mental health. >> anybody, who shoots somebody else has a mental health challenge. period. >> this was a press conference, the day after those 21 murders in uvalde. >> we, as the government, need to find a way to target that
mental health challenge, and do something about it >> nearly five years ago, after 26 were slaughtered in a baptist church, in sutherland springs, he told cnn this. >>. one of the challenges we have to deal with is not only evil, but also, mental health challenges. >> today, nearly five years later, mental health america's 2022 access to care rankings puts texas dead last. governor abbott, clearly, has other priorities. a month ago, he diverted nearly a half billion dollars of, mostly, covid relief serve plus funds, to what he calls, the disaster at the southern border, while taking a political pomp at president biden's open border policies. and, he said this. texans, safety, and security, is our top priority. we will continue fighting to keep our communities safe. but, undocumented immigrants have, substantially, lower crime mates than native born citizens.
states a recent academic study of texas, the most aggressive immigrant removal programs have not delivered on their crime reduction promises, and are unlikely to do so in the future. to be fair, operation lone star does, also, target illegal drugs, seeping into texas. but in, the meantime, at least 388 people have been killed in mass shootings in texas, on governor abbott's watch. well he has rolled back gun restrictions. >> briefly, back to that nearly half billion dollars, that was diverted down to the border in texas, it was taken from various different government departments, and they were, essentially, reimbursed with surplus, covid relief funds. the governor took more than $200 million from the department of health, and human services, then that let some people to say, is he taking money away from health care? his office tells me that is, quote, still completely inaccurate the department itself, telling me, that all of
their health care programs are fully funded budgets for health care, and mental health care, have shown a modest uptick over the past couple of years the governor spokesperson also says, he works hard to increase funding, and access to mental health care in texas. but, don't forget, that leak table. texas ranks last in the united states, for access to mental health care nick watt, cnn, los angeles >> the texas state senator, who represents serve all day says he is sickened by the governor's claims that guns are not the problem have a listen to what he told cnn's jim acosta >> he is the leader of this state, and he wants to talk to us about gun solutions that, i think, he was asked today? whether an 18 year old should have begun? he said the laws have been on the books for 60 years.
that's when we get hot squirrels with 20 twos. at the end of the new, we need to do what's right for a students. technology is changed. we shouldn't have this militarized weaponry, and they have failed us they failed to respond to that particular issue >> despite the mass shooting on tuesday, the top gun lobby with the national rifle association opened in houston, just a few hours down the road from uvalde cnn's ryan young reports, tensions flared, inside, and outside, the event >> former president, donald trump, rallying with the national rifle association, as it holds its annual meeting, days, after 21 people, including 19 children, were massacred in a school shooting in uvalde the existence of the evelyn our world is not a reason to disarm law-abiding citizens, to know how to use their weapon, and can protect a lot of people. the existence of evil is one of
the best reasons to arm law abiding citizens. >> instead of new gun laws, the former president, calling for more focus on mental health, and school security >> we need now, a top to bottom security overhaul and schools, across our country >> those arguments, echoed by others, who are looking at the convention and houston, including texas senator, ted cruz >> we must not react to evil, and tragedy by abandoning the constitution, or infringing on the rights of our law-abiding citizens >> the nra condemned the uvalde shooting, but decided to press ahead with its gathering, though several musical performers, and elected officials, canceled appearances in the wake of tuesday shooting >> an hour a! >> go away! >> across the street, a crowd of protesters, gathering the
prevention center >> we are looking right at you, the nra, today i will not let any more of my peers die in a school! outrage. >> a ridge over the gun groups influence, in the high-profile republican speakers emitting attracted >> shame on you! shame on you! shame on you! >> former texas congressman, beto o'rourke, the states democratic nominee for governor, joined doses at a venue calling for action >> the time for us to have stopped eovaldi was right after sandy hook. if you have done anything goods, it is the fact that you have brought us here, together, and we are committing ourselves to act >> texas governor, greg abbott, scheduled to appear in person, was sent a video message, instead. >> there are thousands of laws of books across the country, that limit the owning of owning, or using, fair arms. they have not stopped mad men from carrying out evil acts on innocent people, in peaceful
communities. >> you can see the signs arrive here at, there's a lot of passion at one point, the crowd here spoke over 1000, especially with donald trump, taking these days outside, who are screaming at the top of their lungs calling them to hear their cries for change that, now, has moved on, as these people say they want to take that passion into the streets, to change what's happening in this country. ryan young, cnn, houston, texas. >> strategic ambiguity that is the operating word for the u.s. policy and taiwan for decades but, why is that line getting harder to stick to now that china, increasingly, flexes its military muscle? we have that, after the break. ♪
taiwan, with fears are growing the china might invade in the future, and, possibly, pull washington into the conflict. a selina wang reports, first, that situation is forcing the u.s. to walk a diplomatic tightrope. >> a vibrant democracy, living under the threat of an autocratic superpower. taiwan, just over 100 miles away from mainland china, southeast coast. this self ruled island, aboard the 23 million, it's seen by china as a breakaway province that must be reunified with the mainland. even by force, if necessary. the war in ukraine, heightening fears over the fate of taiwan, and renewed scrutiny on america's role in a potential conflict. the island became part of the chinese empire in the 17th century. it fell under japan's rule for 50 years, until the end of world war ii. then, governed by the ruling nationalist party. with the additional is losing a
brutal civil war, and flee to taiwan, the communist of maidan took over in 1949. both taiwan, and beijing, claim to be the only legitimate ruler of the entire chinese territory. for decades, the u.s., and most countries, recognize taipei is the sole government of china. but, in 1979, the u.s. switch diplomatic relations from taipei, to beijing. officially, the u.s., and most countries, acknowledge that there is only one china. yet, unofficial ties between washington, and taipei, have been tightening. multiple american delegations have visited, in recent years, to show support for taiwanese president, a leader, beijing sees, as dangerously pro independent. the u.s. continues to sell weapons to the island. all of that, infuriating china. in response, last year, beijing flew a record number of war planes into air space near
taiwan. for decades, the u.s. has been, purposefully, vague about where to defend the island, sure the chinese attack. but, as chinese military might grows, more are calling for the biden administration to win the, so-called, strategic, ambiguity. what happens to taiwan will have ripple effects all around the world. it is a global leader in semi-conductors. taiwan's chips power everything from smartphones, to cars while beijing has rejected comparisons between taiwan, and ukraine, experts agree, china is closely analyzing the crippling sanctions against russia. they say there is a potential for a more destructive conflict, that could put the world's largest militaries, and economies, against each other. selina wang, cnn, beijing >> the unofficial start of summer travel in the u.s., and gasoline prices are surging.
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now a sobering forecast coming out of the colorado river basin which supplies water for agriculture and drinking water for millions of people. the largest reservoir in the u.s. will likely drop another 12 feet this fall. now, that's far lower than what experts have predicted. the reservoir has been on a steep decline in the last 20 years or so. according to the u.s. bureau of reclamation if that continues it could crash to 1,000 feet above sea level by 2023. now, the western u.s. has been experiencing of course a historic megadrought which has triggered the water crisis. drought conditions have worsened in some states this week. california officials say 11% of the state is now in what's
called exceptional drought conditions. the worst depossignation. it comes after a week with zero rainfall and record high temperatures, drought conditions getting worse in new mexico and southern nevada. experts did not note some improvements in texas and oklahoma after heavy rains this past week. joining me now is cnn meteorologist derek van dam. this is pretty worrying essentially when it comes to lake meade. >> it was just last august the bureau of reclamation projected lake mead would sit at 1,059 feet and we know it's currently at 1,049 feet. the projections what's actually happening and what's been realized is far worse than their initial projections. we've all seen the pictures of the boats now being revealed by the dried up rivers and the dried up lake beds here within
lake mead. and if this worst-case scenario that michael alluded to just a moment ago actually occurs next autumn, we are going to see the most severe water cuts for the southwestern u.s. in history. in fact, it wouldn't just stretch from agriculture. it would stretch into house holds and industries as well. you can imagine how impactful that would be. look at satellite imagery. august of 2000, fast forward about 20 years to august 2021. look how that concontradiction of lake mead. that is the water levels being depleted going fast forward in time or back in time. it's not just lake mead. it's other roeservoirs that supply agriculture. it is forecast to persist and get worse through the summer. anywhere you see that shading of brown stretching through california right through the
colorado plains, that is where we expect drought conditions to persist. i want to bring attention to california because this area has seen exceptional drought starting to creep in. just two weeks ago that is the extreme drought conditions. that dark shade, that is what's is called exceptional drought. nearly 12% across the san joaquin valley and this has impacted two of the largest supplies and sitting at roughly 50% their historic average and we have nine large active wildfires including the largest in new mexico's history burning out of control. michael? >> indeed. derek van dam, thanks so much a cool vest. very cool. it is memorial day weekend and as the unofficial start of the summer travel season gets under way millions expected to hit the road despite gas prices at their highest in ten years.
cnn's pete muntean with the story. >> reporter: single dad ereric stevens says he makes more than $100,000 a year but that is not enough to afford a trip to los angeles. >> maybe for the affluent they can afford it but for me to go anywhere minimum a $200 decision in regards to gas and you haven't fed your kids or done anything else. >> reporter: gas buddies says holiday weekend gas prices are the highest they've been since 2012 but the pain goes beyond the pump. n new data shows hotels have jumped. air fare up 6%. >> this will likely be one of the most expensive memorial day travel periods we've ever seen. >> reporter: even still aaa thinks americans will not be stopped, traveling to top destinations such as orlando, seattle, miami and las vegas. the latest projection, 34.9 million people will drive
50 mile or more over the five days over memorial day. do you think the numbers will be all that far off from the projection? >> our projections have always been pretty accurate but we've never tried to project in an environment like this. >> reporter: gas buddies patrick dahan thinks the average price of gas will not dip below $450 for months. >> i don't think the higher price of fuel is going to low down many. it may slow down some but certainly there's still a healthy appetite to hit the road this summer. >> not so for eric stevens who says he's choosing to pay for his daughter's day care over a road trip. >> while i'd like to say and hope there's an end in sight i just don't see one. >> reporter: even when you adjust it for inflation gas priceerize the highest we have seen since memorial day 2012, a
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