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. welcome to our viewers here in the united states and all around the world. i'm paula newton. anger and demands for accountability after top texas police officials admit to multiple, not just one, multiple missteps in their response to the mass shooting that left 19 children and two teachers dead. now, among them the decision to wait more than an hour to confront the gunman holed up in a classroom. now, think of this. for much of that time the police waited in the hallway there were children in the school. that gunman fired more shots as those children inside the classroom called 911. as jason carroll reports now for us, top officials and family members of the victims of course
want answers. >> i was misled. i am livid about what happened. >> reporter: texas governor greg abbott aiming his ire 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. >> reporter: after damning new admissions from texas authorities. >> it was the wrong decision. period. >> reporter: the incident commander making the decision not to immediately enter the classroom the gunman was in. >> a decision was made that this was a barricaded subject situation, there was time to retrieve the keys and wait for a tactical team with the equipment to go ahead and breach the door and take on the subject at that point. >> reporter: officials explained how the shooter got into the school. >> where we knew the shooter entered, ramos, was propped open
by a teacher. >> reporter: investigators clarifying the timeline as police arrived. >> the three initial police officers that arrived 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 was fired. 11:37. one at 11:37 and 16 seconds. 11:38. 11:40. 11:44. at 11:51 a police sergeant and usb agents started to arrive. at 12:03 officers continued to arrive in the hallway and there were as many as 19 officers at that time in that hallway. >> reporter: officers did not enter the room until a janitor provided keys. >> they breached the door using keys that they were able to get from the janitor because both doors were locked. both of the classrooms that he shot into were locked when
officers arrived. they killed the suspect at that time. >> reporter: in that crucial time survivors inside both classrooms made desperate calls to 911. >> she identified herself and whispered she's in room 112. at 12:10 she called back and room 12 advised multiple dead. 12:13 again she called on the phone. again at 12:16 she called back and said there was eight to nine students alive. >> reporter: minutes later a student called. >> a student child called back and was told to stay on the line and be very quiet. she told 911 that he shot the door. at approximately 12:43 and 12:47 she asked 911 to please send the police now. >> reporter: alfred garza says his daughter amerie may have been one of those students who tried to call 911.
she was killed during the shooting. >> something's got to be done now. you know, where do we go from here? you know. you were wrong. what do we do now? is my question. what are we going to do now? >> the accountability you were talking about. >> the accountability, you know. somebody's got to be responsible. >> reporter: warning signs missed. >> ramos asked his sister to help him buy a gun. she flatly refused. that was in september of '21. >> reporter: with social media group chats and posts as far back as last february offering red flags. >> he had instagram, a group chat and it was discussed ramos being a school shooter. that was on february 28th of 2022. on march 14th there was an instagram posting by the subject, in quotations "ten more days."
a user replied, are you going to shoot up the school or something? the subject replied, "no. and stop asking dumb questions and you'll see." >> reporter: the governor here says he expects new laws to be passed to address what happened here. he also says he expects both the fbi and the texas rangers to investigate every law enforcement official that was involved with what happened. jason carroll, cnn, uvalde, texas. now, meantime, governor abbott insists the response to the shooting should focus on mental health and not gun background checks. and that's something the democratic state senator who represents uvalde calls sickening. ron gutierrez appeared on cnn to detail his fight for gun reforms. >> there is some responsibility that should be held, there should be some accountability, and that accountability is with the policy makers that control this state. i asked for a red flag bill in 2019. that bill was killed in committee.
it went nowhere. in 2019 they passed open carry. the last thing i said on my floor speech, the last thing i said was i said because of this bill kids are going to die. never in my wildest dreams did i think that that would happen, that that bit of hyperbole would happen in my own district. >> despite the mass shooting tuesday the top gun lobby in the united states, the national rifle association, opened its annual convention on friday in houston, just a few hours down the road from uvalde. now, as cnn's ryan young reports, tensions flared both inside and outside that event. ♪ and i'm proud to be an american ♪ >> reporter: former president donald trump rallying with the national rifle association as it holds its annual meeting just days after 21 people including 19 children were massacred in a school shooting in uvalde. >> the existence of evil in our world is not a reason to disarm
law-abiding citizens who 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. [ applause ] >> reporter: instead of new gun laws the former president calling for more focus on mental health and school security. >> what we need now is a top to bottom security overhaul at schools all across our country. >> reporter: those arguments echoed by others who addressed the nra's annual convention in 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. >> reporter: the nra has 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's shooting. >> nra! >> go away! >> nra!
>> go away! >> reporter: across the street a crowd of protesters gathered outside the convention site. >> yeah, i'm looking right at you, the nra, today. i don't want any more of my peers to die in a school! >> reporter: outraged over the gun group's influence and the high-profile republican speakers the meeting attracted. >> shame on you! shame on you! shame on you! >> reporter: former texas congressman beto o'rourke, the state's democratic nominee for governor, joined those outside the venue calling for action. >> the time for us to have stopped uvalde was right after sandy hook. if you have done anything good, it is the fact that you have brought us here together and that we are committing ourselves to act. >> reporter: texas governor greg abbott was initially scheduled to appear in person but sent a video message instead. >> there are thousands of laws on the books across the country that limit the owning or using of firearms.
laws that have not stopped madmen from carrying out evil acts on innocent people and peaceful communities. >> reporter: and you can see the signs. there's a lot of of passion from these protesters. at one point the crowd swelled over 1,000. especially when donald trump took the stage and people outside who were screaming at the top of their lungs hoping that the former president would hear their cries for change. that now has moved on as people say they want to make that passion in the streets to change what's happening in this country. ryan young, cnn, houston, texas. ashton p. woods is the he co-founder of black lives matter in houston, texas and he's been involved in organizing those protests against the nra that we were just looking at right there. he is joining me now live from houston, and i really thank you for being here on the end of what i'm sure was a long day. we heard some things there in that report already from the nra conference. but you know, just to repeat some of them, you've heard them all before, right? here's the -- what they're
saying. their quote, what stops armed bad guys is armed good guys. you heard it from ted cruz. the existence of evil is one of the very best reasons to arm law-abiding citizens. and then some very passed pleas saying hell no, we will not go and you will not take them. >> so given all this, it is surprising to me that outside there in houston that some people are now saying that there is hope, that there might be a middle way, that some kind of reform is possible. what do you think? and what does that best case scenario look like right now? >> the best case scenario -- first of all, thank you for having me. the best case scenario right now would be to have governor abbott call a special session to repeal the laws that were passed in 2019 and last year in 2021 that made what happened in uvalde easier to happen. we can call it evil if we want to, but this is just as bad as governor abbott reducing this
down to a mental health issue where we don't have a great mental health care system. i'm sorry, non-existent mental health care system. we use our jails to address mental health, but we must address the lack of health care access. we must address gun violence in a way that doesn't scapegoat the fact that ted cruz uses rhetoric that got children killed. governor abbott passed laws that got children killed. they must be held accountable and they must do their jobs. >> mr. woods, though, even daniel hogg on our air, a survivor from parkland, said look, if everyone's just talking over each other a compromise won't be possible. he's optimistic. are you optimistic that that compromise is possible? and what does it look like? is it only on background checks? is it maybe moving the age? what could be possible here? >> well, you know, a lot of times as a black person i'm still thinking about the 87-year-old woman who was murdered in buffalo in a grocery store who lived through jim crow, and she was told she had
to wait. she was told she had to wait for incremental change. our children deserve better. these are black and brown kids, aapi kids, and even our white kids, our children in general should not have to wait for incremental change. so yes, compromise is important. as an activist who goes to the texas legislature and works with elected officials to actually author bills and get them passed. from my experience what we need is background checks, yes. we need a ban on automatic weapons, yes. we need all of the above. and we need it all to happen right away. we can't just put one little piece in here, one little piece in there because while we can't stop all bad things from happening we need to make sure we take a holistic approach and go with an all of the above strategy. >> you know this is true, that now that law enforcement response unfortunately was detailed, right, in the last 24 hours, it was painfully inadequate, so painful for those families to hear it. and now you must worry, though,
that that will again allow the gun lobby to deflect. you know, the bottom line is an 18-year-old was allowed to buy battlefield weapons to slaughter children and yet we heard it again from the nra, right? they're saying -- they're deflecting saying it was a law enforcement response. how do you counter that? because i can tell you, it does not look like this will mean fewer guns in america. >> well, it's not about necessarily attacking the second amendment. i believe in the second amendment right. what i don't believe in is having automatic weapons on the streets. for anybody. right? we need to demilitarize the police. we need to make sure that people don't have access to ar-15s or guns that shoot bullets that shooter. right? we're talking about children who are unrecognizable. we're talking about people who were unrecognizable after the pulse orlando shooting. why do we need these things on the street when governor abbott passed into law through special session last year the ideology
carried by republicans and they're rated by the nra that you can have a weapon open carry on campus, you can get a weapon without a license, you don't have to have a background check. there is blood on their hands. so it really isn't a matter of convincing them about what they won't change their minds on. they do what they want anyway. republicans and democrats in terms of voters all agree that we need to do something. just like we all agree that abortion is a right. but republicans still want to legislate women's bodies and take away their personal autonomy. so the reality is we've got to vote them out. >> well, ashton p. woods, thank you for your input there. on what continues to be a very strenuous debate not just in front of the conference there at the nra but right across the country. appreciate your time. >> thank you. now, ukraine says it urgently needs more firepower to stop russia's advance. long-range weapons like these could now dramatically alter the
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russian media is reporting an ominous new development in ukraine. the moscow-installed puppet government in kherson says it has now officially closed its borders with ukraine. remember, ukraine says all of kherson's exits to ukraine have been unofficially blocked for weeks now anyway. meantime, russian troops have been slowly advancing in the donbas, fighting around the key city of svetodonetsk. and it is described as fierce. ukraine denies it is surrounded.
ukraine says russian crews are repairing damaged railways that send crucial supplies to russian troops in donbas. despite the enormous difficulties, though, ukraine's president is confident his military will prevail. >> translator: that's why we have to increase our defense. increase our resistance. and donbas will be ukraine again. even if russia will bring all suffering and ruination to donbas, we will rebuild every town, every community. there's no real alternative. >> keep in mind sverodonetsk is a crucial city if russia hopes to subjugate the entire donbas region. and the neighboring town appears to be the russian army's next objective. we get more now from cnn's nick paton-walsh. >> reporter: here's how it feels when russia is coming. this is severodonetsk in putin's crosshairs. only one bridge left in from
here we're told on which anything that moves is shelled. across that river, next in line, is here, its twin city, lysychansk. the remnants of its once 100,000 people facing an enemy they rarely see. [ explosions ] only hear and feel the loathing. police are here helping evacuate the last needy. this is essentially a bid to collect as many people with disabilities who need as much help as they can to get them out. >> reporter: for ekaterina, age 74, the war so far has swirled around her one-room flat. now it is time for her and her husband, valentin, to go. once and perhaps for all.
these moments are the correct way to measure putin's invasion. not in tanks lost, alliances forged or buildings hammered. but in twilight days totally uprooted in tiny moments of unconsolable panic. this briefcase carefully packed by valentin contains all their documents for whatever it is that comes next. but here closer to russian-backed separatist areas of ukraine, loyalties are not that simple. and this large 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 too perturbed despite the blasts and say they want peace. sometimes you feel they don't want you to know whose side they're on, especially this man. when we mention america. but still, their world is underground with fine dust in the damp air. their kitten born into the war. their children's sleep broken by shelling. at the cemetery the cost is starker. it has three types of mass grave.
this line already filled with some of the 160 dead whose relatives can't bury them yet. this one half filled with the bodies collected daily. their names recorded on each bag. and this one yawning empty, a sign of the savagery they know is to come. nick paton-walsh, cnn, lysychansk, ukraine. now, there are widespread expectations that the u.s. will soon supply ukraine with sophisticated rocket systems that can strike russian targets hundreds of kilometers away. and that's already raised alarms in moscow. a russian tv host who often mirrors the kremlin's views called it a red line that would provoke a russian response. earlier i spoke with cnn military analyst colonel cedric leighton about how this formidable weapon could dramatically alter the battlefield in eastern ukraine. listen. >> they could range up to 300 kilometers, or 186 miles. they could potentially get the
ukrainians into territory that is russia proper and beyond the area that the russians occupied in ukraine. so that may have some political and geopolitical ramifications. but from a weapons and tactics standpoint these weapons are highly significant and quite frankly necessary for the ukrainians to have in order for them to regain the advantage in the east. >> you can watch more of my interview with colonel leighton coming up in about two hours from now. i'm paula newton. i want to thank you for watching. our international viewers "african voices changemakers" is next. but viewers in the u.s. and canada don't go anywhere. i will have much more news right after a break.
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join over 3 million members and start enjoying rewards like these, and so much more in the xfinity app! and don't miss jurassic world:dominion in theaters june 10th. and welcome back to our viewers here in the united states and canada. i am paula newton, and you are watching "cnn newsroom." texas officials are facing growing outrage in the town of uvalde after admitting huge mistakes were made in the response to tuesday's horrific shooting at an elementary school. authorities revealed that 77 minutes elapsed between the time the gunman entered the school to when a tactical team finally entered the classroom where the 18-year-old had barricaded himself with students and two teachers. we've also learned that up to 19
officers were actually waiting in the hallway for almost 15 minutes while children locked inside that classroom called 911 pleading for help. police say they did not storm the rooms because the commanding officer thought the active shooter phase of the incident was actually over. alfred garza was outside the school as the massacre unfolded, desperately hoping his child was okay. but his little girl, 10-year-old amerie jo, was among the 19 students killed that day. he told cnn's erica hill he can't believe it took police so long to enter the building. >> it doesn't take a genius to figure out it just took too long to get in there. and had they gotten in there sooner and be somebody would have taken immediate action, we might have more of those children here today including my daughter. >> imagine how painful it is for him. all 21 victims killed in the
shooting have now been identified, and many of their funeral services are set to begin next week. cnn's boris sanchez now has their stories. >> reporter: three days after 21 innocent lives were taken we're learning more about the loved ones this small town is grieving. >> don't forget them, please! i beg you. >> reporter: miranda mathis was 11 years old. a friend of her mother's told the "washington post" miranda was a fun, spunky, bright little girl. 10-year-old rojelio torres, his aunt telling affiliate ksat he was a, quote, very intelligent, hard-working and helpful person. he'll be missed and never forgotten. maite rodriguez, also 10 years old. her mother anna says maite dreamed of becoming a marine biologist and wanted to attend college at texas a&m. in a touching facebook tribute anna calls her daughter "sweet,
charismatic, loving, caring, loyal, free, ambitious, funny, silly, goal-driven, and her best friend." other victims' names have also been confirmed. layla salazar, 11 years old. makenna lee elrod. alithia ramirez. and jayce carmelo luevanos, all just 10 years old. and in a tragic twist the husband of irma garcia, one of the murdered teamers, has also died. according to the archdiocese of san antonio, joe garcia suffered a heart attack after news of his wife's death and passed away on thursday. the couple had been married more than 24 years and were high school sweethearts. >> they came to mass every sunday. >> reporter: father eduardo morales of sacred heart church in uvalde knew the family well and greeted irma as she walked into service on sunday morning. he says the couple were a fixture in the community and leave behind four children who he privately consoled shortly after joe's death.
>> i told the community that in my own family when we've had a death that it's the church and prayer that has gotten us through all this. not that it takes the pain away. >> reporter: the garcias among a list of names of lives cut too short. eva mireles, amerie garzia, uziyah garcia, javier lopez, jose flores jr., lexi rubio, annabell, guadalupe rodriguez, jacqueline cazares, tess mata, nevaeh bravo, ellie garcia, names etched for those touched by this horrible tragedy. >> when he died, i died with him. >> that was cnn's boris sanchez.
with that report. on friday the community came together in a vigil to honor the lives that were lost. cnn's gary tuchman now who is in uvalde and has more on how those who died are being remembered. >> reporter: here in downtown uvalde, texas a church choir offering comfort in a city park right next to a makeshift memorial that's been set up. this memorial is very sad but also very necessary. it's a very small city but thousands of people have turned out here to take a look, to be together, to offer comfort to each other. there are 21 crosses with the names of the 19 children and the two teachers who were killed. right here the cross of eva mireles. she was one of the teachers. you can see the balloons, the flowers and the messages written on a heart. "you are a hero.
you are truly a hero. i love you." and then the children's crosses. annabell rodriguez. annabell rodriguez has minnie mouse here. candles. dolls. flowers. and here "you are missed" from her friends. and this is from a cousin. it says "my prima," prima is cousin in spanish, "i miss you. till we meet again." this is desperately sad. but there are so many people here who have come not just from the city but from other parts of texas and other parts of the united states to offer comfort to the many family and friends who are here right now who are in mourning. this is gary tuchman, cnn, uvalde, texas. >> now, if you would like to provide financial support or blood donations to victims in communities of mass shootings including the texas school shooting, please go to cnn.com/impact. you'll find several ways to help. it's an incredible resource that you can look into. and we'll be right back with
an update on the baby formula shortage in the united states. and yes, there is still a shortage. health department officials have now invoked the defense production act. that's for the third time. it's meant to help suppliers quickly deliver raw materials like sweeteners to manufacturers who are trying to speed up formula production. meantime, a spokesperson for the food company tells cnn half a million cans of its specialty formula could -- should in fact get to families in the first half of july. i know it doesn't seem nearly soon enough. and a nestle spokesperson says 40% of a gerber formula for babies allergic to cow's milk will be shipped to stores on sunday. a company that tracks prices says 70% of baby formula was in fact out of stock across the
united states at some point last week. a jury began deliberating in johnny depp's $50 million defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife amber heard. lawyers for both movie stars delivering closing arguments after the course in fairfax, virginia heard more than 100 hours of testimony over six weeks. cnn's jean casarez has more. >> reporter: friday was all about closing arguments in the civil defamation case of johnny depp versus amber heard. depp had testified during the trial that he never abused his new ex-wife amber heard, but the motion picture studios won't touch him because of her allegations of domestic violence and domestic abuse. the attorney for depp, camille vasquez, arguing during cloeding about the alleged inconsistencies of amber heard. and she took that testimony and she compared it to the testimony of other witnesses, saying that there were just many, many
contradictions. now, this case was born because of a 2018 op-ed published by the "washington post" at the hand and direction of amber heard saying that she represented as a public figure someone who had been abused, domestic abuse. >> on may 27th, 2016 miss heard walked into a courthouse in los angeles, california to get a no notice ex parte restraining order against mr. depp. and in doing so ruined his life by falsely telling the world that she was a survivor of domestic abuse at the hands of mr. depp. today, on may 27th, 2022, exactly six years later, we ask you to give mr. depp his life back by telling the world that mr. depp is not the abuser miss heard said he is and hold miss
heard accountable for her life. >> mr. depp simply cannot prove to you that he never once abused amber. and if you don't know, you have to return a verdict for miss heard. a ruling against amber here sends a message that no matter what you do as an abuse victim you also have to do more. no matter what you document you always have to document more. no matter whom you tell you always have to tell more people. no matter mow honest you are about your own imperfections and your own shortcomings in a relationship, you need to be perfect in order for people to believe you. don't send that message. >> amber heard has a counterclaim of defamation against johnny depp. they are both asking for compensatory and punitive damages. the jury won't return, though, on tuesday to deliberate because of this long holiday weekend. jean casarez, cnn, new york. the sports world is reacting to the texas school shooting. coming up, we'll look at who's speaking out, what they're
kamauu: there is the therapeutic aspect of music, just expressing how you feel. howie: talking about my feelings with my mother, like, i'd just be quiet, in the back of my head i'd be like man this ain't it. some prominent figures in the sports world have been making headlines by taking a public stand after that horrific texas school shooting. now, san francisco giants manager gabe kapler is one. he is refusing to come out onto the field for the national anthem. kapler told reporters he'll keep
up that protest until america changes for the better. >> i just don't -- i don't plan on coming out for the anthem going forward until i feel like there's -- i feel better about the direction of our country. >> now, he's just one voice among many. cnn sport's andy scholes looks at how other athletes and teams are now demanding action from washington. >> reporter: in the wake of what happened in uvalde sports figures and teams have been using their voice to advocate for change. warriors head coach steve kerr on the day of the shooting was very emotional demanding politicians do more. >> when are we going to do something! i'm tired, i'm so tired of getting up here and offering condolences to the devastated families that are out there. we are being held hostage by 50 senators in washington who refuse to even put it to a vote,
despite what we the american people want. they won't vote on it because they want to hold on to their own power. it's pathetic! i've had enough. >> reporter: wednesday the heat and celtics held a moment of silence for the lives lost. and then their public address announcer delivered this message. >> the heat urges you to contact your state senators by calling 202-224-3121 to leave a message demanding their support for common sense gun laws. [ cheers and applause ] you can also make change at the ballot box. visit heat.com/vote to register and let your voice be heard this fall. >> and the warriors with a very similar message advocating for common sense gun laws before game 5 of the western conference finals. and kerr again speaking out that day saying we as a country need to start thinking of gun control as a public health issue. >> for whatever reason it's a political issue. but it's really a public health
issue. so soon as we can just shift the dynamic to this being a public health issue, then you get momentum. so what i'm asking people to do is to get involved in their local communities. i've got lots of friends who are democrats. i've got lots of friends who are republicans. and all i know is they all want gun violence to go away. >> the yankees and rays in major league baseball, meanwhile, teaming up. instead of tweeting about their game they presented facts about gun violence in our country. the rays adding "this cannot become normal. we cannot become numb. we cannot look the other way. we all know if nothing changes, nothing changes." dodgers manager dave roberts, meanwhile, says politicians have failed the country. >> how there can't be a bipartisan consensus on an issue like this is very disheartening.
it's very irresponsible by our nationtion leaders, and something needs to be done and be proactive about it because like everyone has said enough is enough. when is enough enough? >> lebron james tweeting that there simply has to be change, has to be, while nfl network's rich eisen made a passionate plea for something to be done. >> we cannot give up. we cannot give up as a society, and we cannot give up on giving our two cents and keeping the pressure on those in power who do nothing about it. children murdered in their classroom! murdered in their classroom. and you're already seeing the responses from those in power who refuse to do anything about it, saying it's about anything
else other than easy legal access to assault weaponry. >> reporter: sports teams and figures have in the past been very powerful in helping to enact social change. and they're once again using their platform to try to make a difference. >> that was our andy scholes there. keep in mind it's only been two weeks since ten people were gunned down in a buffalo supermarket. they haven't even finished burying those victims yet. i am paula newton. i want to thank you for your company. i'll be right back here in the "cnn newsroom" in just a moment. stay with us. ♪
viewers here in the united states, canada, and all around the world. i'm paula newton, and this is "cnn newsroom." 77 agonizing minutes. that's how long it took police to end the texas school shooter's rampage at a school that left 19 children and two teach teachers dead on tuesday. that's according to the latest timeline released by officials. for much of that time, police waited in the hallway as the gunm f