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MORE DETAILS FROM UVALDE… SERIOUS QUESTIONS ABOUT POLICE RESPONSE… SRO ‘ENCOUNTERED’ SHOOTER OUTSIDE… COPS CORDONED OFF SCHOOL, DIDN’T RUSH IN EN MASSE… PARENTS LEFT BEGGING… ‘THEY DID CONTAIN (RAMOS) IN THE CLASSROOM’… MASSACRE LASTED NEARLY 40 MINUTES… AP: Onlookers urged police to charge into Texas school

UVALDE, Texas — Frustrated onlookers urged police officers to charge into the Texas elementary school where a gunman’s rampage killed 19 children and two teachers, witnesses said Wednesday, as investigators worked to track the massacre that lasted upwards of 40 minutes and ended when the 18-year-old shooter was killed by a Border Patrol team.

“Go in there! Go in there!” nearby women shouted at the officers soon after the attack began, said Juan Carranza, 24, who saw the scene from outside his house, across the street from Robb Elementary School in the close-knit town of Uvalde. Carranza said the officers did not go in. […]

Officials say [Salvador Ramos] “encountered” a school district security officer outside the school, though there were conflicting reports from authorities on whether the men exchanged gunfire. After running inside, he fired on two arriving Uvalde police officers who were outside the building, said Texas Department of Public Safety spokesperson Travis Considine. The police officers were injured.

After entering the school, Ramos charged into one classroom and began to kill.

He “barricaded himself by locking the door and just started shooting children and teachers that were inside that classroom,” Lt. Christopher Olivarez of the Department of Public Safety told CNN. “It just shows you the complete evil of the shooter.”

All those killed were in the same classroom, he said.

Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw told reporters that 40 minutes to an hour elapsed from when Ramos opened fire on the school security officer to when the tactical team shot him, though a department spokesman said later that they could not give a solid estimate of how long the gunman was in the school or when he was killed.

“The bottom line is law enforcement was there,” McCraw said. “They did engage immediately. They did contain (Ramos) in the classroom.”

Meanwhile, a law enforcement official familiar with the investigation said the Border Patrol agents had trouble breaching the classroom door and had to get a staff member to open the room with a key. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the ongoing investigation.

 

VIDEO SHOWS PARENTS TRYING TO GET THROUGH POLICE LINE TO THEIR CHILDREN… MAY 24… @FAMILYSOUPTV: Robb Elementary School shooting. Uvalde Texas. This video shows the chaos outside of the school where parents were trying to find their children.(VIDEO)

 

ORIGINAL VIDEO… NEARLY 7 MINUTES LONG…(VIDEO)

 

REPORT, VIA KENS5: SOME LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS WENT INTO THE SCHOOL TO RESCUE THEIR OWN CHILDREN… (1:17 IN VIDEO)

 

SAAGAR ENJETI: Uvalde shooting is sadly looking like Parkland 2.0. 1. Multiple red flags ignored or brushed under by community 2. Reluctance/incompetence by first responders who are trying to muddy waters with initial statements

 

3 ELITE BORDER PATROL AGENTS KILLED RAMOS… WSJ: Border Patrol Agent Who Killed Texas School Shooter Was From Agency’s Elite Team

UVALDE, Texas—The Border Patrol agent who killed the mass shooter at an elementary school here Tuesday belonged to a small, elite team that has a presence in this town and responded to calls about the incident on local police radio.

The agent and two colleagues who confronted the shooter belong to the Border Patrol Tactical Unit, known as Bortac. Its roughly 240 agents are among the most highly trained in federal law enforcement. […]

Initially, the Bortac agents couldn’t get into the classroom where shooter Salvador Ramos locked himself because of a steel door and cinder block construction, according to law-enforcement officials familiar with what happened. Meanwhile, the 18 year-old gunman shot at them and other officers through the door and walls.

The Bortac agents got a master key from the school principal that allowed them to enter the room, according to the officials. One Bortac agent took rounds to their shield upon entering and a second was wounded by shrapnel. A third killed the suspect.

Inside, authorities found dead children in piles, along with the bodies of the class’s two teachers.

 

BORTAC AGENT SUSTAINED GRAZE WOUND TO HEAD… BILL MELUGIN: NEW: This is the hat the elite, veteran BORTAC Border Patrol agent was wearing when he breached the classroom with a tactical team and engaged/killed the Uvalde school shooter, a CBP source tells me. Graze wound to head. Many BP agents in Uvalde have kids at the school. @FoxNews (PHOTO)

 

SURVIVING FOURTH GRADER RECOUNTS HORROR… KENS5: ‘It’s time to die’ | Fourth-grader who survived Uvalde school shooting gives heartbreaking account of what gunman told students (VIDEO)

UVALDE, Texas — A fourth grader who survived the mass shooting at Robb Elementary has shared gut-wrenching details about what he witnessed inside that classroom.

“He shot the next person’s door. We have a door in the middle. He opened it. He came in and he crouched a little bit and he said, he said, ‘It’s time to die,'” the boy recalled. […]

“When the cops came, the cop said: ‘Yell if you need help!’ And one of the persons in my class said ‘help.’ The guy overheard and he came in and shot her,” the boy said. “The cop barged into that classroom. The guy shot at the cop. And the cops started shooting.”

He said that once the shooting stopped, he came out from under the table.

“I just opened the curtain. And I just put my hand out,” he said. “I got out with my friend. I knew it was police. I saw the armor and the shield.”

 

AS OFFICIALS RELAY DETAILS OF TRAGEDY, BETO PULLS CAMPAIGN PUBLICITY STUNT… ‘Sick Son Of A B*tch’: Beto O’Rourke Derails Gov. Abbott’s Press Conference (VIDEO)

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke derailed Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s press conference Wednesday in Uvalde, Texas.

O’Rourke walked up to the stage confronting the governor and officials that they are “doing nothing” to prevent another mass shooting. The officials immediately retaliated against O’Rourke as he claimed the next shooting is “right now.”

“The next shooting is right now and you’re doing nothing,” he told Abbott. “This is totally predictable when you choose not to do anything.”

“Sit down and don’t pull a stunt,” Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said. “Sit down and don’t play this stuff.”

“You’re out of line and an embarrassment,” Republican Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said.

“Sir, you’re out of line. Please leave this auditorium,” Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin added.

 

OUR TROUBLED ECONOMY…

 

BREAKING THIS AM… CNBC: First-quarter GDP declined 1.5%, worse than thought; jobless claims edge lower

The U.S. economic contraction to start the year was worse than expected as weak business and private investment failed to offset strong consumer spending, the Commerce Department reported Thursday.

First-quarter GDP declined at a 1.5% annual pace, according to the second estimate from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. That was worse than the 1.3% Dow Jones estimate and a writedown from the initially reported 1.4%.

Downward revisions for both private inventory and residential investment offset an upward change in consumer spending. A swelling trade deficit also subtracted from the GDP total.

The pullback in GDP represented the worst quarter since the pandemic-scarred Q2 of 2020 in which the U.S. fell into a recession spurred by a government-imposed economic shutdown to battle Covid-19. GDP plummeted 31.2% in that quarter.

 

INTEREST BUMPS COMING IN HOT… CNBC: Fed minutes point to more rate hikes that go further than the market anticipates

Federal Reserve officials earlier this month stressed the need to raise interest rates quickly and possibly more than markets anticipate to tackle a burgeoning inflation problem, minutes from their meeting released Wednesday showed.

Not only did policymakers see the need to increase benchmark borrowing rates by 50 points, but they also said similar hikes likely would be necessary at the next several meetings

They further noted that policy may have to move past a “neutral” stance in which it is neither supportive nor restrictive of growth, an important consideration for central bankers that could echo through the economy.

 

COLLEGE APPLICATIONS ARE DROPPING… NYT: College Enrollment Drops, Even as the Pandemic’s Effects Ebb

The ongoing enrollment crisis at U.S. colleges and universities deepened in spring 2022, raising concerns that a fundamental shift is taking place in attitudes toward the value of a college degree — even as the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted operations for higher education.

The latest college enrollment figures released on Thursday by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center indicated that 662,000 fewer students enrolled in undergraduate programs in spring 2022 than a year earlier, a decline of 4.7 percent. Graduate and professional student enrollment, which had been a bright spot during the pandemic, also declined 1 percent from last year.

Doug Shapiro, the center’s executive director, noted small gains in first-year, first-time students. However, he suggested that the numbers and the breadth of the declines indicate an underlying change, as students question whether college is the ticket to the middle class and a good-paying job.

 

VOTERS FIND BIDEN TOO OLD, MENTALLY UNFIT FOR OFFICE… EDDIE ZIPPERER: NEW Harvard-Harris poll: Only 39% of independents believe that President Biden in “mentally fit” vs 61% who say they “have doubts about his fitness” (THREAD)

62% of registered voters say Biden is “showing he is too old to be President” vs 38% who say Biden is “showing he is fit to be President.” 72% of independents say Biden is showing that he is too old and 29% of Democrats say Biden is showing that he is too old

 

CHARLES COOKE…

This is the sort of problem from which a president cannot recover. The economy can change. Foreign policy can shift. Perceptions of the opposing party can deteriorate. But once people think you’re old and mentally unfit, you’re toast.

 

SUSSMANN WON’T TESTIFY… JERRY DUNLEAVY: Michael Sussmann won’t testify in Durham trial

Michael Sussmann, the embattled Democratic lawyer charged in special counsel John Durham’s investigation with falsely concealing his representation of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign from the FBI when pushing discredited allegations of Trump-Russia collusion, won’t be taking the stand in his own defense. […]

“I understand from counsel that the defense will not be calling Mr. Sussmann, is that correct?” Judge Christopher Cooper asked Thursday morning.

Sussmann lawyer Sean Berkowitz replied, “That’s correct.”

 

HUNTER ROUTINELY USED PHONY PHONE NUMBERS… ANDREW KERR & JERRY DUNLEAVY: Hunter Biden bought and used burner phone apps, laptop records show

Hunter Biden bought and used burner phone applications from the Apple app store from 2014 through 2018, records on a copy of his abandoned laptop obtained by the Washington Examiner show.

The applications — Phoner, textPlus, and WePhone — gave him the ability to generate new phone numbers capable of making calls and texting from his iPhones and iPads, said Konstantinos “Gus” Dimitrelos, a former Secret Service agent and cyber forensics expert who examined a copy of Biden’s abandoned laptop for the Washington Examiner.

It’s unclear why the son of President Joe Biden purchased and used burner phone apps or whether and to what extent he did so to pursue business deals or his drug habit.

When asked to comment, an attorney for Hunter Biden demanded that the Washington Examiner provide a copy of it but refused to respond to any questions concerning its contents.

 

NY TIMES OP-ED *CELEBRATES* ABORTION AS GOOD FOR MEN… ANDREA BECKER: Men Benefit From Abortion. Why Do We Mostly Study Women?

“It’s easy for men to see this as someone else’s problem, but it’s not,” said Mr. Lavallee. “Without the right to abortion, all of our lives would be much worse. I am living proof.”

We don’t often hear abortion stories from cisgender men like Mr. Lavallee, even though they are responsible for the overwhelming majority of the world’s unplanned pregnancies, and so often benefit when an abortion occurs. The much more familiar pattern when efforts are made to curtail abortion is for a slew of mostly women to share their abortion stories.

 

LOCAL…

 

WILL WASHINGTON’S NFL TEAM MOVE TO VIRGINIA? … WAPO: Key Virginia senators raise doubts about Commanders stadium bill

RICHMOND — Two key state senators on Wednesday separately raised doubts about legislation meant to lure the Washington Commanders football team to Virginia with a new, taxpayer-supported stadium, signaling that the effort could be in trouble when the General Assembly returns to the Capitol next week.

Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax City), for years one of the team’s most ardent boosters in Richmond, announced that he will not vote for a stadium bill — in part because he has lost “confidence in the Washington Commanders as a viable NFL franchise.”

His concerns were rooted chiefly in the team’s on-field woes, diminished fan base and abandonment of its original name, which the team dumped amid criticism that it was a racial slur but the senator supported as a historic and storied National Football League brand. […]

The Commanders are contractually obligated to play at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., until 2027, after which they could stay or seek another home. The team has been shopping for a new home for years in Virginia, Maryland and D.C.

 

JP FINLAY, NBC SPORTS WASHINGTON:Statement from Virginia State Senator Chap Petersen on why he’s pulling his vote for stadium funding, includes some very strong language: “I don’t have confidence in The Washington Commanders as a viable NFL franchise.” (STATEMENT)

 

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