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Beto O’Rourke confronts Gov. Abbott at press conference on Texas school shooting

After the Texas school shooting in which over 20 people were killed, Gov. Greg Abbott and other officials held an update on Wednesday afternoon.

Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke interrupted the press conference, calling the tragedy “totally predictable when you choose not to do anything.”

A mix of boos and cheers came from the crowd as the former congressman and 2020 presidential candidate briefly spoke before being escorted from the room.

Sen. Ted Cruz, standing behind Abbott, shook his head and said “sit down!” while one woman in the crowd chanted, “Let him speak.” Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin yelled that O’Rourke was a “sick son of a bitch.” Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said to O’Rourke: “You’re out of line and an embarrassment.”

O’Rourke, as he was being escorted out, turned around, faced the stage, pointed his finger and said: “This is on you until you choose to do something different. This will continue to happen. Somebody needs to stand up for the children of this state or they will continue to be killed just like they were killed in Uvalde yesterday.”

At the press conference, Abbott blamed mental health illness as the problem behind the shooting that left 21 people dead and 17 people injured, though the 18-year-old gunman, Salvador Ramos, had no prior documented mental illness nor a previous criminal record.

Abbott provided other updates on the shooting, saying a sheriff deputy’s daughter was one of the children that died in the shooting.

According to Abbott, Ramos made a Facebook post 30 minutes before the shooting that he was going to shoot his grandmother, followed by a post confirming he shot his grandmother. His third Facebook post, 15 minutes before the shooting, stated he was going to shoot an elementary school, Abbott confirmed.

ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH 

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: 11ALIVE.COM

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