Families of Uvalde school shooting victims plan announcement ahead of second anniversary

Austin, Texas — The families of 19 victims of the Uvalde elementary school shooting in Texas have scheduled a news conference Wednesday ahead of the upcoming second anniversary of one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history.

The attack on Robb Elementary School on May 24, 2022, left 19 fourth-graders and two teachers dead when the teenage gunman burst into their classroom and started shooting.

One of the attorneys representing the Uvalde families, Josh Koskoff of Connecticut, helped the families of the victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting win a $1.4 billion defamation judgment against conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and a settlement of $73 million to be reached with gunmaker Remington, the company that made the rifle used at Sandy Hook.

Lawsuits have already been filed over the Uvalde shooting. Several families of Uvalde victims did not respond to requests for comment.

A December 2022 lawsuit against local and state police, the city and other school and law enforcement agencies seeks at least $27 billion and class-action status for survivors. And at least two lawsuits have been filed against Georgia-based gun manufacturer Daniel Defense, which made the AR-style rifle used by the shooter.

The police response to the mass shooting has been criticized and investigated by state and federal authorities.

More than 370 local, state and federal officers responded to the scene but waited more than 70 minutes before confronting the gunman. Terrified students in the classroom called 911 as anguished parents begged officers, some of whom could hear shots as they stood in a hallway, to enter.

A tactical team of officers eventually entered the classroom and killed the shooter.

A 600-page Justice Department report from January cataloged the day's “successive failures” in training, communications, leadership and technology issues.

Another report commissioned by the city also noted law enforcement missteps but defended the actions of local police, which angered victims' families.

A criminal investigation into the police response by Uvalde District Attorney Christina Mitchell's office remains ongoing. A grand jury was convened this year and some law enforcement officials have already been called to testify.

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