A “traumatized” village, title Houston Chronicle. Everyone knew everyone in the hamlet of Sutherland Springs, says Nick Uhlig, a resident interviewed by the newspaper. We would never have imagined that something like this would happen at home. According to this resident, the church was central to the social life of Sutherland Springs. “Everyone was welcome, no matter what their beliefs are, ” says Nick Uhlig.
What do we know about the alleged perpetrator?
The authorities have not yet communicated his identity, and for the moment his motives remain unknown. According to the Washington Post, this is Devin Patrick Kelley, a 26-year-old former soldier who was fired from the Air Force after a court-martial in 2012. He was convicted of assaulting his wife and his child. Still, according to the Washington Post, he reportedly used a Ruger AR-556 assault rifle. He reportedly started firing in front of the church before returning and continuing to shoot.
A shootout that occurs 5 weeks after that of Las Vegas (where a man killed 58 people). Activists in favor of tighter gun control are desperate, writes the Dallas Morning News. They thought the tragedy in Las Vegas was a turning point in the debate on strengthening the legislation. Some Democratic parliamentarians took the floor to ask for progress on this issue. On the side of the pro-arms lobby, for the moment no comments on this shooting.
The exasperation of newspapers
Faced with the repetition of his tragedies, some newspapers do not hide their exasperation. This is the case of USA Today which published a “model” article for this kind of shootings. ” Why wait for the next mass murder if you can already write the paper now, ” the editorialist asks cynically. The article begins with ” A young man heavily armed and unbalanced opened fire … “.
Several boxes have remained empty, the place and the number of victims for example. The paper ends with this sentence: while relatives are preparing to pay the last tribute to the victims, the rest of the nation is focusing on the football games on the bill this weekend.
The health crisis in Venezuela
The Miami Herald publishes a report on the shortage in hospitals. Women forced to give birth in waiting rooms, patients lying in the corridors and thousands of children likely to die of malnutrition.
In terms of health, Venezuela looks more and more like the poorest countries on the planet. Only 5% of drugs needed for treatment are available, according to the Federation of Venezuelan Doctors, cited by the Miami Herald.
What future for the protection status of Central American nationals?
Tens of thousands of Hondurans and Salvadorians are hanging on this decision that the Department of Homeland Security is expected to announce today. This is a special residence permit granted to nationals of these countries after Hurricane Mitch devastated Central America in 1998.
The Honduran newspaper La Prensa expects the US authorities to end this special status (which also benefits thousands of Haitians). 57,000 nationals could be expelled, the daily writes. The Church of El Salvador is calling on the government to prepare for the possibility of the non-renewal of the ” TPS ” permit.
Election of the first woman to the mayor of Montreal
It’s on the front page of Le Devoir newspaper. ” A wind of change is blowing on Montreal, ” reads the French-language newspaper. Valerie Plante, unknown to the public two months ago, created a surprise. A feat out of the ordinary, says the newspaper, which does not hesitate to describe Valerie Plante as ” Magic Mayor“.