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  • Uvalde families dig in for new test of gun industry protections

    PAUL J. WEBER and JAKE BLEIBERG|May 21, 2023

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — After Mayah Zamora was shot and wounded at Robb Elementary School, her family did what many mass shooting survivors do: They sued. They sued the store off Main Street in Uvalde, Texas, that sold the teenage gunman his AR-style rifle. They sued the gun maker. And they sued police who waited 77 minutes outside Mayah's fourth-grade classroom before stopping the shooting that killed 19 children and two teachers. "Mainly what we are looking for is some sort of justice," said Christina Zamora, Mayah's mother. As the grim frequenc...

  • Abbott's fast-track to pardon in protest killing 'unusual'

    PAUL J. WEBER and JAKE BLEIBERG|Apr 9, 2023

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is moving fast to pardon a U.S. Army sergeant convicted in the 2020 killing of an armed protester. So fast, the judge hasn't even handed down a sentence. Sgt. Daniel Perry faces up to life in prison after being convicted of murder last week in the fatal shooting of 28-year-old Garrett Foster, who had been legally carrying an AK-47 during a protest through Austin's downtown while marching with demonstrators over police accountability and racial injustice. The case will next go to sentencing. But over t...

  • Uvalde schools fire ex-Texas trooper who was at shooting

    PAUL J. WEBER and JAKE BLEIBERG|Oct 7, 2022

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — New outrage ripped through Uvalde on Thursday over revelations that a school police officer hired after the Robb Elementary massacre was not only on campus during the May attack as a Texas state trooper but under investigation over her actions while a gunman killed 19 students and two teachers. The hiring of Officer Crimson Elizondo was first reported by CNN on Wednesday night. Less than 24 hours later, the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District fired Elizondo on Thursday in the face of swift and mounting b...

  • Seven years later, still no trial for Texas AG Ken Paxton

    PAUL J. WEBER and JAKE BLEIBERG|May 22, 2022

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Not many people charged with felony crimes go seven years without ever standing trial. One of them is Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. The twists and turns of how the Republican, who is on the cusp of winning the GOP nomination for a third term Tuesday, has yet to have his day in court after being indicted on securities fraud charges in 2015 has little comparison in American politics. And along the way, it has upended what it means to be a compromised officeholder in Texas. Four different judges have overseen his case a...

  • Dallas shooting victim was a 'big personality, nice person'

    PAUL J. WEBER and JAKE BLEIBERG|Oct 3, 2019

    DALLAS (AP) — Botham Jean organized church mission trips. He installed Skype for elderly parents who missed their kids. One time he met a stranger who shared his mom’s birthday, so the bighearted 6-foot-1 choir singer got the woman a cake. He cried after getting a job in Dallas at the powerhouse accounting firm PwC. His eyes were set on senior management when his downstairs neighbor, a white Dallas police officer, entered his apartment, drew her gun and fatally shot him. Jean “was a near-perfect person of color,” said Ben Crump, a lawyer...

  • Texas shooter got gun at private sale; denied in 2014 check

    PAUL J. WEBER and JAKE BLEIBERG|Sep 4, 2019

    ODESSA, Texas (AP) — The gunman in a West Texas rampage that left seven dead obtained his AR-style rifle through a private sale, allowing him to evade a federal background check that blocked him from getting a gun in 2014 due to a "mental health issue," a law enforcement official told The Associated Press. The official spoke to The Associated Press Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation. The person did not say when and where the private sale took place. Officers killed 3...

  • FBI: West Texas gunman 'was on a long spiral of going down'

    Paul J. Weber and Jake Bleiberg|Sep 1, 2019

    ODESSA, Texas (AP) — The gunman in a West Texas rampage "was on a long spiral of going down" and had been fired from his oil services job the morning he killed seven people, calling 911 both before and after the shooting began, authorities said Monday. Officers killed 36-year-old Seth Aaron Ator on Saturday outside a busy Odessa movie theater after a spate of violence that spanned 10 miles (16 kilometers), injuring at least 25 people in addition to the dead, authorities said. FBI special agent Christopher Combs said Ator called the agency's t...