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FBI Helps Collect Evidence in Mass Shooting Case in Highland Park, Ill

By Steve Neavling

The FBI is searching for more evidence in the mass shooting that killed seven people and wounded dozens of others during a Fourth of July celebration in Highland Park, Ill., on Sunday. 

Agents raided the suspect’s home and fanned out across the site of the shooting, numerous media outlets reported.

Robert Crimo III, 21, was charged in the case on Tuesday after authorities arrested him the night before. 

It was just the latest mass shooting in America. 

DOJ Files Hate Crime Charges Against Racist Buffalo Mass Shooter

By Steve Neavling

The Justice Department on Wednesday filed hate crime charges against the 18-year-old white gunman who killed 10 Black people in a mass shooting at a Buffalo supermarket in May. 

Payton Gendron faces 26 counts of hate crimes and firearms offenses, The New York Times reports

The charges were announced on the same day that Attorney General Merrick Garland visited Buffalo. 

“No one in this country should have to live in fear that they will go to work or shop at a grocery store and will be attacked by someone who hates them because of the color of their skin,” Garland said. 

The complaint alleges Gendron’s “motive for the mass shooting was to prevent Black people from replacing white people and eliminating the white race, and to inspire others to commit similar attacks.”

Off-Duty CBP Agent Who Rescued Students Defends Police Response to Massacre at Texas School

Border Patrol Agent Jacob Albarado, via Facebook

By Steve Neavling

The off-duty CBP agent who rescued students during the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Texas defended the police response to the massacre.

Jacob Albarado told CBS News he believes officers did nothing wrong. 

“I can’t speak on their behalf on what they were doing and how they were assessing the situation because I wasn’t there,” he said. “I wasn’t trying to breach the door. I don’t know what was happening in their mind.”

He added, “I know my fellow officers and, to me, I believe they were doing everything in their power they could do.” 

The shooting claimed the lives of 19 children and two teachers before law enforcement officers confronted the shooter and killed him. 

Police have faced widespread criticism over their failure to act promptly to stop the 18-year-old shooter, who had barricaded himself in a classroom full of children. 

More than an hour had passed before the shooter was killed.

The Justice Department is investigating the police response to the shooting.

Albarado was getting his hair cut when he received a frantic text message from his wife, who works at the school. He grabbed a shotgun from his barber and rushed to the school, slipped into a wing of the building and began rescuing students. 

DOJ to Investigate Police Response to Mass Shooting at Texas Elementary School

By Steve Neavling

The Justice Department announced on Sunday that it would investigate law enforcement’s handling of the mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. 

“At the request of Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin, the U.S. Department of Justice will conduct a Critical Incident Review of the law enforcement response to the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24,” the DOJ said in a statement.

The shooting claimed the lives of 19 children and two teachers before law enforcement officers confronted the shooter and killed him. 

Police have faced widespread criticism over their failure to act promptly to stop the 18-year-old shooter, who had barricaded himself in a classroom full of children. 

More than an hour had passed before the shooter was killed.

How One Border Patrol Agent Rescued Students with His Barber’s Shotgun

Border Patrol Agent Jacob Albarado, via Facebook

By Steve Neavling

Jacob Albarado, an off-duty CBP agent, was getting his hair cut when he received a frantic text message from his wife. 

“There’s an active shooter,” she wrote. “Help.”

Albarado grabbed a shotgun from his barber and rushed to the Robb Elementary School, where 18-year-old gunman Salvador Ramos was opening fire, The New York Times reports.

Albarado’s wife and 8-year-old daughter were in the school. 

As a tactical team was preparing to enter the school, Albarado and several other officers slipped into a wing of the building where his wife and daughter were. 

While searching for his daughter, he began “clearing all the classes in her wing.”

After finding his daughter, Jayda, they hugged but he continued rescuing students. 

“I did what I was trained to do,” Albarado said.

Later, in a Facebook post, Albarado said the shooter had killed one of his daughters’ teammates and friends.

“I’m so angry, saddened and grateful all at once. Only time will heal their pain and hopefully changes will be made at all schools in the U.S. and teachers will be trained & allowed to carry in order to protect themselves and students,” he wrote.

Another Border Patrol agent is credited with shooting the gunman. He was shot and hospitalized.

Heads of FBI, Homeland Security Issue Statements Following School Shooting in Texas

FBI Director Christopher Wray, via FBI.

By Steve Neavling

FBI Director Christopher Wray and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas issued statements Wednesday following the mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. 

Here is Wray’s statement:

“Yesterday we got the news we all dread. Parents received calls that are too devastating to even fathom. And a community, really the whole nation, was shaken by another horrific mass shooting. This time—once again—at an elementary school full of young children just days away from finishing the school year.

“My heart goes out to the families of the victims and to the entire community in Uvalde. I know you’re experiencing unimaginable pain and trauma. The entire FBI family feels your heartbreak and stands with you. There will certainly be more we learn about this heinous attack in the days ahead, and I know the American people—and especially the people of Uvalde—are looking for answers.

“I want to acknowledge the heroism of all law enforcement who responded immediately to the scene. For our part, the FBI will continue to work around the clock with the Texas Department of Public Safety; the Uvalde Police Department; and our other state, local, and federal partners to assist in any way we can. We’re dedicating the full resources of the FBI San Antonio Field Office and a host of other FBI Divisions to helping the Texas DPS and Uvalde PD, which have the lead in the investigation.

“On top of that, we’ve deployed national resources, including investigative and analytical support, evidence response and laboratory personnel, victim services professionals to assist families of the victims, and crisis management and behavioral analysis units.

“We’re absolutely heartbroken about yesterday’s tragic events and committed to doing our part to support our partners in the investigation and the Uvalde community as we begin to try to move forward.”

Here is Mayorkas’ statement:

“No words can come close to comforting the families of those lost in Uvalde yesterday. We at the Department of Homeland Security are horrified by this callous act of violence. We grieve for the families and loved ones of the children and teachers lost, and with the people of the community of Uvalde. We are hopeful for the full and fast recovery of those who suffered injuries.

“We are grateful for the courageous members of our Border Patrol, many of whom are part of the Uvalde and surrounding communities, who immediately responded to the scene along with local and state law enforcement. Without hesitation, they put themselves between the shooter and students to end the bloodshed and administer medical aid. Without question, their heroism yesterday saved lives. A Border Patrol Agent was injured in the crossfire yesterday and we know the loss and trauma from this tragedy will continue to impact many other CBP families for a long time to come.

“The Department will continue coordinating with federal, state, and local partners and offering our full support to the Uvalde community. As we pray for the families and loved ones and recognize the bravery of frontline law enforcement personnel, we must redouble our collective efforts to make our communities safer.”

Border Patrol Agent Shot and Killed Gunman at Texas Elementary School

Photo via Border Patrol

By Steve Neavling

A Border Patrol tactical unit and other agents responded to the elementary school shooting in Uvalde on Tuesday, and one of the agents shot and killed the suspect. 

“Risking their own lives, these Border Patrol Agents and other officers put themselves between the shooter and the children on the scene to draw the shooter’s attention away from potential victims and save live,” Homeland Security spokeswoman Marsha (Catron) Espinosa tweeted. 

On- and off-duty agents came under fire from the suspect, who had barricaded himself in the school. The Border Patrol agent who fatally shot the gunman was wounded by gunfire, the Associated Press reports.

About 80 Border Patrol agents were among the first to arrive. Among them was a SWAT-like tactical and counterterrorism unit.

Uvalde is close to the border, and it’s not uncommon for Border Patrol agents to assist local police departments. 

Mass Shooting in Buffalo Was ‘Racially Motivated Violent Extremism,’ Wray Says

FBI Director Christopher Wray, via FBI.

By Steve Neavling

The mass shooting that killed 10 Black people in a Buffalo grocery store was “an act of racially motivated violent extremism,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said Monday. 

Wray made the remarks in a conference call with faith leaders and civil rights leaders. 

“I want to be clear, for my part, from everything we know, this was a targeted attack, a hate crime, and an act of racially motivated violent extremism,” Wray said. “While there remain a lot of unknowns, as there always do in an investigation at this stage, what is absolutely certain is that we at the FBI are committed to comprehensively and aggressively investigating Saturday’s attack.”

The bureau’s Buffalo Field Office responded immediately to the shooting, and FBI headquarters, the Laboratory in Quantico, and other field offices have been providing additional resources. The FBI’s Counterterrorism and Criminal Investigative Divisions are also providing assistance. 

In addition, the FBI created a web page for the public to upload videos of the shooting or suspect. 

The suspect, Payton Gendron, 18, wrote extensively online about his intentions to kill Black people.