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>> building a better bay area. moving forward, finding solutions. this is abc 7 news. >> this is enough. this is enough. no one asked you to go through this. we never needed to go through this but we are. thank you. >> tonight, we are learning more about the 19 children and two teachers killed in texas and as friends and family share fond memories, lawmakers demand action. >> it is insane that we allow an 18-year-old to go in and buy nar 13 -- an automatic rifle. >> a state that has led on common sense reform.
we are taking it to a hold another level. dan: thank you for joining us. here is what we know so far and what is -- in what is now the second deadliest elementary school shooting in our nations history. 19 children ages eight to 11 along with their two teachers were shot and killed just two days before their summer break. 17 others were injured including three law enforcement. the gunman was killed by responding officers. president biden announced he on the first lady plan to travel to texas in the coming days. ama: we are learning more about the 21 victims including the teachers who protected their students and the young lives cut short. reena roy has a closer look at the families affected by this tragedy. reena: they were daughters, sons, cousins, and friends, going about everyday life at robb elementary school. now, they have become the faces of america's latest shooting. >> our hearts are broken for
these families and kids. reena: so many families waking up to a world without their loved ones. 19 students and two teachers killed. a 10-year-old's mother described him as very smart and loving. cousins also shot to death. the family saying they always had a smile on their face, just full of life. a fourth-grade teacher remembered as an educator filled with compassion who went the extra mile for her students. >> she saw every student as equally important, more than anyone else has poured into my child. i have never seen anybody quite so dedicated. >> garcia was a co-teacher in the same last room and was getting ready to celebrate her 25th wedding anniversary with her husband. xavier lopez's mother had just attended his awards ceremony hours before the shooting. it was the last time she ever saw him alive.
his grandmother speaking to abc by phone. >> it is so hard to send your kids to school, thinking they will never make it back home. >> they also were taken from their families. she just turned 10 two weeks ago . please don't take a second for granted. hug your family. tell them you love them. grief counselors are on hand as the community copes with this loss and there is a national helpline available to all americans for free 24/7 as we mourn not only this mass shooting but the one in buffalo and so many others this year alone. reena roy, abc 7 news, new york. dan: the gunman had just turned 18 last week and investigators say, days later, he bought two ar-style rifles. three days before the shooting, ramos sent pictures and videos
of guns to people on social media. minutes before the attack, he texted people saying that he had shot his grandmother and was going to "shoot in elementary school." investigated -- an elementary school." investigators say he was wearing tactical gear. dan: today, -- ama: today, things got tense in uvalde. karina nova is in the newsroom with the latest on that. karina: the conversation continued about what needs to be done to prevent tragedies like the one we saw in texas and that turned heated today during greg abbott's press conference, during which he brought up the need for more mental health programs, saying that might have prevented the shooter. just as the governor was talking, former representatives and gubernatorial candidate beto o'rourke came up to the stage and interrupted. take a look. >> this is on you until you choose to do something
different. somebody needs to stand up for the children of this state or they will continue to be killed. >> beto o'rourke said this was predictable and the governor is doing nothing. he was escorted out of the venue and later told reporters he did not plan to interrupt the press conference and he was only there supporting a victim family. also today, governor newsom addressed the shooting in texas. he says he will sign more than a dozen bills addressing gun violence by the end of next month. >> we don't think they work. we know they work to it i will repeat what i said earlier. those states with the most progressive gun safety laws, at scale, california being the largest, have seen disproportionate impact in terms of gun related deaths and murders as a consequence of those policies. we know these policies work to save lives at are they exclusively the only approach? absolutely not. >> governor newsom referenced the millions of dollars that have already been put towards
gun violence prevention efforts and research in california. one of the loss the governor wants to pass would allow private citizens to sue firearm manufacturers and distributors, modeled after a texas abortion law that passed in the senate yesterday and now heads to the assembly. the governor called out multiple judges by name today, saying those specific judges are getting in the way of strengthening gun laws and protecting californians. dan. dan: thank you very much. hours after that deadly massacre in uvalde, texas, warriors head coach steve kerr called out his need for universal background checks for gun buyers as so many people think is necessary. stephanie sierra spoke one-on-one with the bay area congressmen who created the legislation that would make those background checks a requirement and shares his history with coach kerr. >> there's 50 senators right now
who refused to vote on a background check rule the house passed a couple years ago. it has been sitting there for two years. >> steve kerr is talking about house bill hr eight, the bipartisan background checks act. right now, there is no universal law that requires background checks for gun sales and transfers by unlicensed and private sellers. this bill aims to change that and would expand that requirement in every state. mike thompson authored the bill that passed the house twice but remains stalled in the senate. >> they need to screw up the courage to do this or we are going to be faced in this very unsafe environment for a long time to come. >> thompson has been fighting to pass universal gun background check legislation, the chairman of the house democrats on violence prevention task force that was formed in response to the sandy hook elementary school massacre. >> i am fed up. i have had enough. >> thompson says he has been a close ally in the fight. >> his work with me on the issue
of gun violence and prevention for a long -- he has worked with me for a long time, a great ally, and he has personal experience with gun violence when his father was murdered and he wants to make a change. >> audibled holes show more than 90% of americans support universal gun background checks. alex padilla cosponsored his companion legislation in the u.s. senate, one of 43 senators in support. >> we cannot sit idly by and watch children in america die to gun violence. >> i'm so tired of getting up here and offering condolences to the devastated families that are out there. they will not vote on it because they want to hold on to their own power. it is pathetic. >> stephanie sierra tim abc 7 news. ama: police -- stephanie sierra, abc 7 news. ama: abc 7 news senior education
reporter leeann melendez tells us how some schools dealt with this latest tragedy. >> nevada police told the community to expect an increased presence near their schools. there was never a threat but it was the reassurance they needed. >> this is peace of mind for the students, the staff, the parents, and our community to know that we are in partnership and when something has gone wrong somewhere else, that we are going to take the precautions we need to take in order to provide safety for everyone. >> in walnut creek, parents drop their kids off at school. sam admitted talking to them about gun violence. >> we had to have that conversation in the past. i try not to over talk it because i don't want to make my child nervous and worry about going to school every day. >> schools typically follow safety procedures but today, they were hypervigilant. at the oakland school for the arts, parents were notified about a student not being allowed back on campus.
"it has come to our attention that a student posted a video of himself shooting a gun yesterday morning. police were at the school early as parents were dropping them off. the school kept busy today, supporting parents concerned with their students safety. meanwhile, in san francisco, students at one school, lincoln high, transformed their anguish into something meaningful. students formed a circle with 21 chairs. each one had flowers and a picture of a child who was killed in the texas school shooting. two chairs were reserved for the two adults who also died. >> that made me think about what is my brothers lost their life? how would that feel? that really it home. >> many of these codes should have been able to go past 18, should have been able to graduate. school should be an environment where we can all feel safe to learn. >> abc 7 news. dan: still ahead here tonight,
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honor george floyd's memory on the second anniversary of his killing. a vigil was held in the intersection in minneapolis where floyd died at the hands of police. president biden signed an executive order on policing reforms for federal law enforcement had under the order, departments must follow congressionally imposed requirements in order to receive federal funding. pres. biden: it is a measure of what we can do together to heal the very soul of this nation. to address profound fear and trauma, exhaustion, and particularly black americans have experienced for generations. dan: former officer derek chauvin was sentenced to 22 years in prison for floyd's death. ama: an investigation is underway into a shooting involving an off-duty oakland police officer. the incident happened around 9:30 near market just alongside 580. police are saying very little
about what happened, only that the officer admitted to being involved in a shooting with the person armed with a gun. a loaded firearm was found near the scene. the officer is on paid administrative leave. dan: a 24-year-old man has been arrested for stabbing a woman a number of times and leading police on a chase early this morning in marin county. it ended after the suspect lost control of the vehicle, hitting a retaining wall. he was airlifted to a local hospital with significant injuries and will be booked into the marin county jail. the victim is being treated at a nearby hospital and is expected to survive. ama: after the break, a south bay school district reaches a multimillion dollar settlement in a sexual abuse case from more in a sexual abuse case from more than four decades ago and now,'s most precious commodity, especially when you have metastatic breast cancer. when your time is threatened, it's hard to invest in your future. until now. kisqali is helping women live longer than ever before when taken with an aromatase inhibitor or fulvestrant...
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happened to me because i was scared to death and 40 something years later, i finally had the courage to speak up. >> a law enacted years ago allows victims to seek restitution decades later. >> without the change in the law, this story would never have been told and my client would not have been able to get the vindication to realize he was telling the truth. >> it has taken counseling to get them to open up about what happened when their teacher allegedly took them to his apartment, theme parks, and even on a mexican cruise. >> if he held my hand at one of the theme parks, i would always pull away. i did not want people to see it so there was always something that was very uncomfortable about it. david: san jose's union school district has agreed to settle this case for 7.5 million dollars. the superintendent provided this statement. we hope this settlement agreement brings closure for the victims. these events occurred decades
ago and we have made significant progress in our training, reporting procedures, and methods for investigating alleged sexual abuse. the private investigator said the teacher did not get sentenced to prison. >> other than being arrested and booked, he was transferred to a mental health facility. david: david louis, abc 7 news. dan: after three years, the historic mural at george washington high school will stay. last july, a judge overruled san francisco unified school district's decision to cover up the mural. today, the association says the school board has agreed to that decision. critics say its depiction of slavery and racism continues to harm students of color. advocates believe we cannot turn a blind eye to our history even if it is not pretty. ama: we had another hot day. dan: we sure did.
sandhya patel with the forecast. sandhya: those 90's and 100s from today are going down. tomorrow in a big way, you are going to see a 15 to 20 degrees drop in length. right now, we are looking at live pictures from our tower cameras. there are two things joining forces, the fog and the sea breeze, already dropping temperatures. look at the change right now compared to 24 hours ago. 20 degrees cooler in santa rosa. down 15 in oakland. san francisco down 10. san jose down nine. it was hot inland. 102 in brentwood. 68 in oakland. 79 degrees in union city. 76 in santa rosa. 60 degrees in san francisco but notice how cool it is in half moon bay. because solano county is still hot, heat illnesses are possible until 11:00 p.m. tonight. we have that heat advisory so take it easy. what brought about the change?
when you look at the satellite picture, it tells the story of a southerly surge. that fog coming up the entire coastline all the way up towards the golden gate and even making it close to point raise. as a result, that marine air really making its presence known right near the beaches and around the bay. you can see it. it will be around the forecast. morning fog and drizzle. sharply cooler in the afternoon, talking particularly around the bay and inland to morning sprinkles. we do have milder conditions for memorial day. tonight, fog and high clouds will be the story. tomorrow morning, watch out for slippery roadways with that patchy drizzle out there and pretty much all day tomorrow, you are looking at a lot of cloud cover so we are going to go with a mostly cloudy sky. morning temperatures in the 40's and 50's for most of you on this you are towards antioch. it is a cooler forecast and certainly better sleeping weather with drizzle around as well for the afternoon.
you are looking at upper 70's inland. a far cry from the 90's and 100 of today. he said six is around the bay and the closed. a few low 70's to upper -- in the bay. it does feature morning drizzle. a breezy friday afternoon and then the possibility of morning sprinkles pair temperatures dropping off some more in our inland communities. it will be mild away from the coastline and should be nice for any outdoor plans. no extreme heat expected. sunny and warm weather returns with the heat in the forecast on wednesday with 90's inland and 60's co-side. i think we deserve a break from the hot weather. dan: we sure do. still ahead, processing the trauma of events like yesterday's deadly school shooting in texas. what experts say about taking care of our mental health. we will be back.
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dan: a reminder. you can get our breaking news, the weather, and more with our streaming tv apps on apple tv, android tv, fire tv, and roku. just search abc 7 bay area and download it. ama: let's talk about our collective mental health. traumatic incidents like the shootings in texas and new york painted a grim picture for our nation. dan: experts suggest we look inward at our collective thomas. on midday live, we spoke with a psychotherapist who says we should start our work today before another tragedy takes over. >> when one committee
experiences a trauma, the rest of america experiences a collective secondary trauma in response so we are all going through this. therapy is preventive maintenance for everybody. you don't need to wait for a problem to get help. ama: she suggests reaching out to loved ones, professionals, and community members to advocate for your mental health. may is mental health awareness month and if you need to find an ally, check out some local resources by going to abc7news.com/takeaction. dan: handlers from brooke army medical center brought specialized therapy dogs to uvalde. besides being man's best friend, these dogs are trained to offer their affection, comfort, and support, and they can really make a real difference. ama: that is it for tonight. world news tonight with david in your is coming up -- david is coming up next. i am ama daetz. dan: hope to see you again in
tonight, a special edition of "world news tonight." chilling new details now emerging in the horrific elementary school shooting in uvalde, texas. this small community now consumed in grief tonight. 19 children and two teachers killed at robb elementary school. many of the victims just 10 and 11 years old. tonight, what we have now learned about the 18-year-old suspect, a high school dropout here. the governor revealing the alleged gunman sent three private messages on facebook just before all of this began to unfold. first, about shooting his grandmother, and ending with, "i'm going to shoot an elementary school." tonight, authorities retracing his steps, from his grandparents' home to the school. how he got inside and where he went once he got in.