- Three people were shot and two were killed on Tuesday during another night of unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, following the police shooting of Jacob Blake.
- On Wednesday, authorities arrested and charged a 17-year-old with first-degree intentional homicide in connection to the shootings, though they did not say if he was being charged for one or both of the fatalities.
- Video footage from the night shows the suspect running from a group of people before seemingly shooting a man who lunged at him in the head. After that, he ran from the scene and was heard telling someone on the phone: “I just killed somebody.”
- The footage then shows the suspect being chased by more people shouting “that’s the shooter.” He appeared to fall, and as three people rushed him, he fired three shots, hitting one person in the chest and another in the arm.
- The suspect then ran down the block to where police were stationed, lifting his arms up in apparent surrender, but multiple police cars drove right past him, reportedly to go aid the victims.
17-Year-Old Charged in Shooting
A 17-year-old was arrested and charged with first-degree intentional homicide on Wednesday in connection to three shootings in Kenosha, Wisconsin, that left two dead and one injured.
The shootings took place on Tuesday, marking the third night of unrest in the city following the shooting of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man who was shot in the back by a police officer seven times. Despite an 8 p.m. county-mandated curfew, many people took to the streets, including groups of armed civilians.
Some of those individuals were described by the reporters as armed counterprotesters, but others were self-declared militia members who police also described as vigilante militia groups.
Many of the armed people claimed they were there to protect the city, but as the night progressed, those groups could be seen facing off with protestors. Then at 11:45 p.m., three people were shot, according to police.
Timeline of Events
Little has been confirmed by authorities about what happened leading up to the incident and after it. However, because the alleged shooter appears in a number of videos taken throughout the night, some outlets have been able to piece together a timeline, including the New York Times, which has used available footage to track the suspect throughout the night.
A few hours before the shooting, the suspect appeared in several interviews with people on the ground, the Times reported.
One of the most circulated clips of the alleged shooter was taken by a videographer with the conservative blog The Daily Caller.
“People are getting injured, our job is to protect this business, and part of my job is to also help people,” the suspect said in the video. “If there’s somebody hurt, I’m running into harm’s way. That’s why I have my rifle because I need to protect myself, obviously. I also have my med kit.”
According to the Times, about 15 minutes before the first shooting, police officers offered water to a group of armed civilians that included the alleged shooter. Video footage shows the suspect then walking up to police vehicles and talking to the officers.
“We appreciate you guys, we really do,” an officer told the group through a megaphone.
Six minutes after that, per the timeline outlined by the Times, footage showed the suspect being chased by a group of people into the parking lot of a car dealership. As he ran an unknown gunman fired into the air. The suspect turned towards the sound of that gunfire and someone lunged toward him from that direction.
He fired four times and seemed to hit the person in the head. Video taken shortly after that shows him running away from the person he just shot in the head while talking on the phone.
“I just killed somebody,” he can be heard saying as he runs.
Several people chased him as he fleed the scene, and some were heard shouting, “That’s the shooter!”
While running, the suspect appeared to trip and fall. Three people came toward him and he fired four shots. One person seemed to be hit in the chest and fell to the ground, and another, who was carrying a handgun, was hit in the arm.
The Times also pointed out that the suspect’s gunfire was “mixed in with the sound of at least 16 other gunshots,” adding, “As this happens, police vehicles just one block away remain stationary during the gunfire.”
The footage then showed the suspect walking towards the police vehicles with his hands up — seemingly surrendering. Bystanders can be heard yelling to the officers and saying he had just shot people, but multiple police vehicles drove by him without stopping, reportedly to go help the victims.
Arrest & Background
The following morning, officials arrested the suspect in his hometown of Antioch, Illinois, just 20 minutes southwest Kenosha.
Authorities have not yet said if he is being charged for both of the fatal shootings or just one. Notably, a police complaint filed in Illinois also said that after committing homicide in Wisconsin, the suspect fled “with the intent to avoid prosecution for that offense.”
He is currently being held in Illinois awaiting a trial that would extradite him to Wisconsin, where he will be tried as an adult under the state’s laws.
Following the arrest, more information began to surface about the alleged shooter. According to BuzzFeed News, which looked into his social media profiles, the suspect appeared obsessed with law enforcement and was a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump and Blue Lives matter. The outlet also obtained a photo of him that appears to show him at a Trump rally at the start of this year.
Authorities have not said if he was a part of any of the militia groups that were in Kenosha Tuesday night, and the Anti-Defamation League also told reporters that there is no indication from his social media accounts that he was connected to any extremist movements.
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Conservatives Slam Elmo For Getting Vaccinated Against COVID-19
While critics accused the muppet of promoting propaganda, CDC data shows the shots are safe and effective.
Elmo Gets Vaccinated
Conservative politicians expressed outrage on Twitter after the beloved “Sesame Street” character Elmo revealed he got vaccinated against COVID-19 on Tuesday.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently cleared the way for children between the ages of six months and five years to get vaccinated against the virus. The famous red muppet is three years old, making him finally eligible for the jab.
In a video shared by “Sesame Street,” Elmo said that he felt “a little pinch, but it was okay.”
Elmo’s father, Louie, then addressed parents who might be apprehensive about vaccinating their own kids.
“I had a lot of questions about Elmo getting the COVID vaccine,” he said to the camera. “Was it safe? Was it the right decision? I talked to our pediatrician so I could make the right choice.”
“I learned that Elmo getting vaccinated is the best way to keep himself, our friends, neighbors, and everyone else healthy and enjoying the things they love,” he continued.
Republicans Criticize “Sesame Street”
While some praised the video for raising awareness and addressing the concerns parents may have, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx) quickly lambasted the effort.
“Thanks, Sesame Street for saying parents are allowed to have questions,” Cruz tweeted. “You then have Elmo aggressively advocate for vaccinating children UNDER 5. But you cite ZERO scientific evidence for this.”
Despite Cruz’s claim, the CDC has provided ample resources with information on vaccines for children.
He was not alone in criticizing the video. Harmeet Dhillon, a committeewoman of the Republican National Committee for California, suggested that Elmo would be taking puberty blockers next.
Other anti-vaxxers claimed Elmo would get myocarditis and accused “Sesame Street” of promoting propaganda.
COVID-19 vaccines have been proven to be both safe and effective against transmission of the virus, but this is not the first time conservatives have turned their anger against a friendly-looking muppet who opted to get the jab. When Big Bird got vaccinated in November, Cruz and other right-wing figures accused the show of brainwashing kids.
Big Bird’s choice to get vaccinated was not a shocker though, clips dating back to 1972 show him getting immunized against the measles.
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Uvalde Puts Police Chief on Leave, Tries to Kick Him Off City Council
If Pete Arredondo fails to attend two more consecutive city council meetings, then he may be voted out of office.
Police Chief Faces Public Fury
Uvalde School District Police Chief Pete Arredondo was placed on administrative leave Wednesday following revelations that he and his officers did not engage the shooter at Robb Elementary for over an hour despite having adequate weaponry and protection.
Superintendent Hal Harrell, who made the announcement, did not specify whether the leave is paid or unpaid.
Harrell said in a statement that the school district would have waited for an investigation to conclude before making any personnel decisions, but chose to order the administrative leave because it is uncertain how long the investigation will take.
Lieutenant Mike Hernandez, the second in command at the police department, will assume Arredondo’s duties.
In an interview with The Texas Tribune earlier this month, Arredondo said he did not consider himself in charge during the shooting, but law enforcement records reviewed by the outlet indicate that he gave orders at the scene.
Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw told state senators on Tuesday that some officers wanted to enter the classrooms harboring the shooter but were stopped by their superiors.
He said officer Ruben Ruiz tried to move forward into the hallway after receiving a call from his wife Eva Mireles, a teacher inside one of the classrooms, telling him she had been shot and was bleeding to death.
Ruiz was detained, had his gun taken away, and was escorted off the scene, according to McCraw. Mireles later died of her wounds.
Calls for Arredondo to resign or be fired have persisted.
Emotions Erupt at City Council
Wednesday’s announcement came one day after the Uvalde City Council held a special meeting in which community members and relatives of victims voiced their anger and demanded accountability.
“Who are you protecting?” Asked Jasmine Cazares, sister of Jackie Cazares, a nine-year-old student who was shot. “Not my sister. The parents? No. You’re too busy putting them in handcuffs.”
Much of the anger was directed toward Arredondo, who was not present at the meeting but was elected to the city council on May 7, just over two weeks before the massacre.
“We are having to beg ya’ll to do something to get this man out of our faces,” said the grandmother of Amerie Jo Garza, a 10-year-old victim. “We can’t see that gunman. That gunman got off easy. We can’t take our frustrations out on that gunman. He’s dead. He’s gone. … Ya’ll need to put yourselves in our shoes, and don’t say that none of ya’ll have, because I guarantee you if any of ya’ll were in our shoes, ya’ll would have been pulling every string that ya’ll have to get this man off the council.”
One woman demanded the council refuse to grant Arredondo the leave of absence he had requested, pointing out that if he fails to attend three consecutive meetings the council can vote him out for abandoning his office.
“What you can do right now is not give him, if he requests it, a leave of absence,” she said. “Don’t give him an out. We don’t want him. We want him out.”
After hearing from the residents, the council voted unanimously not to approve the leave of absence.
On Tuesday, Uvalde’s mayor announced that Robb Elementary is set to be demolished, saying no students or teachers should have to return to it after what happened.
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Texas Public Safety Director Says Police Response to Uvalde Shooting Was An “Abject Failure”
New footage shows officers prepared to engage the shooter one hour before they entered the classroom.
Seventy-Seven Deadly Minutes
Nearly a month after the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas that killed 19 children and two teachers, evidence has emerged indicating that police were prepared to engage the shooter within minutes of arriving, but chose to wait over an hour.
The shooting at Robb Elementary began at 11:33 a.m., and within three minutes 11 officers are believed to have entered the school, according to surveillance and body camera footage obtained by KVUE and the Austin American Statesman.
District Police Chief Pete Arredondo reportedly called a landline at the police department at 11:40 a.m. for help.
“It’s an emergency right now,” he said. “We have him in the room. He’s got an AR-15. He’s shot a lot… They need to be outside the building prepared because we don’t have firepower right now. It’s all pistols.”
At 11:52 a.m., however, the footage shows multiple officers inside the school armed with at least two rifles and one ballistic shield.
Law enforcement did not enter the adjoined classrooms to engage the shooter until almost an hour later, at 12:50 p.m. During that time, one officer’s daughter was inside the classrooms and another’s wife, a teacher, reportedly called him to say she was bleeding to death.
Thirty minutes before law enforcement entered the classrooms, the footage shows officers had four ballistic shields in the hallway.
Frustrated Cops Want to Go Inside
Some of the officers felt agitated because they were not allowed to enter the classrooms.
One special agent at the Texas Department of Public Safety arrived about 20 minutes after the shooting started, then immediately asked, “Are there still kids in the classrooms?”
“It is unknown at this time,” another officer replied.
“Ya’ll don’t know if there’s kids in there?” The agent shot back. “If there’s kids in there we need to go in there.”
“Whoever is in charge will determine that,” the other officer responded.
According to an earlier account by Arredondo, he and the other officers tried to open the doors to the classrooms, but found them both locked and waited for a master key to arrive. But surveillance footage suggests that they never tried to open the doors, which a top Texas official has confirmed were never actually locked.
One officer has told reporters that within minutes of the police response, there was a Halligan bar, which firefighters use to break down locked doors, on-site, but it was never used.
At a special State Senate committee hearing Monday, Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw called the police response an “abject failure” and “antithetical to everything we’ve learned over the last two decades since the Columbine massacre.”
“The only thing stopping a hallway of dedicated officers from (entering rooms) 111 and 112 was the on-scene commander who decided to place the lives of officers before the lives of children,” he said. “The officers have weapons, the children had none.”