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Timeline of events in Texas school shooting

Timeline of events in Texas school shooting

People mourn in front of memorial crosses for the victims of the mass shooting that resulted in the death of 19 children, and two teachers in front of Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, U.S. May 26, 2022. REUTERS/Veronica G. Cardenas

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May 26 (Reuters) – Following is the timeline of the shooting rampage on Tuesday at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Authorities said Salvador Ramos, 18, shot and killed 19 children plus two teachers after shooting his grandmother at the house they shared.

The information comes from statements by law enforcement and other public officials.

May 17 – Ramos legally buys a semiautomatic rifle on his 18th birthday at a sporting goods store in Uvalde.

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May 18 – Ramos buys 375 rounds of ammunition from an unknown vendor.

May 19 – Ramos buys a second rifle at the same sporting goods store.

May 24, some time between, 11 and 11:15 a.m. CDT – Ramos sends a series of three private social media messages.

— I’m going to shoot my grandmother.

— I shot my grandmother. (His grandmother survives the attack with a gunshot wound to the face.)

— I’m going to shoot an elementary school.

11:28 a.m. – Ramos wrecks his truck near the school after fleeing from the house where he shot his grandmother. He jumps out of the passenger side with a rifle and a bag. He sees two witnesses at a funeral home across the street and fires at them. He walks toward Robb Elementary School, climbs a fence into the parking lot and starts shooting at the school.

11:40 a.m. – The shooter walks into the west side of the school, apparently through an unlocked door, and fires multiple rounds.

11:44 a.m. – Officers from multiple law enforcement agencies begin to converge on the school. The gunman shoots at the first officers responding to the scene. The officers move back and take cover, then approach the suspect again.

Around this time, the shooter enters a classroom and massacres the students and teachers inside. Officers report hearing at least 25 gunshots from the classroom soon after arriving at the scene.

From 11:40 a.m. to about 12:40 p.m. – Officers on the scene call for more help, requesting tactical teams, specialty equipment, body armor, precision snipers and hostage negotiators.

About 12:40 p.m. – U.S. Border Patrol tactical teams arrive, enter the classroom, and kill the suspect.

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Reporting by Daniel Trotta; Editing by Cynthia Osterman

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Spotify chief content officer calls Joe Rogan events a ‘learning experience’

Spotify chief content officer calls Joe Rogan events a 'learning experience'

Joe Rogan’s Spotify profile is seen in front of displayed Spotify logo in this photo illustration taken, February 7, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

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Feb 9 (Reuters) – Spotify’s (SPOT.N) chief content officer Dawn Ostroff told advertisers at a conference on Wednesday that the backlash around popular U.S. podcaster Joe Rogan’s podcast had been a “real learning experience” for the streaming service.

“We do feel that we have a responsibility to support creator expression, but also balance that creator expression with safety for our users and for our advertisers,” said Ostroff, who has been a key driver in Spotify’s work to turn the platform into a top podcast hub, speaking at an Interactive Advertising Bureau annual conference in New York.

The streaming giant has been under fire after Rogan, who signed a $100-million deal with Spotify in 2020, aired controversial COVID-19 views on his show and drew protests from artists Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and India Arie. Young said Spotify had “become the home of life-threatening COVID misinformation.”

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Last week, Rogan apologized and Spotify said it would add a content advisory to any podcast episodes on its platform with discussion of the virus. On Saturday, Rogan apologized again for using racial slurs after a montage video surfaced showing him repeatedly saying the N-word.

“We have been speaking to Joe Rogan and to his team about some of the content … of his shows, particularly his history of racially insensitive language, and Joe decided to take episodes off of our platform,” Ostroff said. She said Spotify does not have editorial control over “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast but that it supported this decision.

Spotify’s Chief Executive Officer Daniel Ek said in a recent letter to staff seen by Reuters that he condemns racial slurs and other comments made by Rogan but would not be removing him from the platform.

The controversy marks the latest instance of a major tech company facing furor over its content moderation practices. Social media platforms such as Meta Platforms Inc’s (FB.O) Facebook, video sites like Alphabet’s (GOOGL.O) YouTube and streaming service Netflix have all come under scrutiny over the material they allow on their services.

Ostroff called “the dilemma of moderation versus censorship” the biggest challenge facing “every single platform today.” She said there was no silver bullet but that Spotify’s team was always looking to see how it could do better.

She also urged advertisers to participate and help in the company’s evolution, saying “we really want to be able to be good partners.”

Spotify has invested over $1 billion in the podcasting business. Last week, it posted higher than expected fourth quarter revenue and reported 406 million active monthly users, up 18 percent from last year, though its subscriber forecasts for the current quarter came in lower than Wall Street estimates. read more

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Reporting by Elizabeth Culliford
Editing by Nick Zieminski

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