The suspect in the murders of 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, was a local high school student with few if any, acquaintances who, according to authorities, lawfully acquired two assault guns and a large quantity of ammunition for his 18th birthday last week.
Police identified Salvador Ramos as the shooter who came into Robb Elementary on Tuesday with an assault weapon and tactical vest, locked himself in adjacent classrooms and began fire, according to authorities. After forcing their way into the room, responding cops fatally shot him.
He bought firearms and ammunition last week.
The horrible incident occurred only two days before kids were scheduled to be discharged for the summer, and it left a town and a country wondering: Who would do this, and why?
Ramos’ personal biography indicates a bullied loner with no criminal past who, like so many previous mass shooters in the United States, had an interest in and access to high-powered weaponry and ammunition in a political system that favors gun rights.
Three days before the attack, a picture of two AR15-style firearms surfaced on the gunman’s Instagram account. CNN has redacted portions of the photograph to conceal the identity of a third party.
Just three days before the slaughter, a picture of two AR15-style guns surfaced on the suspect’s Instagram account. Under the handle “salv8dor_,” the picture was published as a tale. The account belonged to the alleged shooter, according to many classmates.
Texas Public Safety Department.
Before going to school, he killed his grandma and wrecked his car.
Prior to arriving at Robb Elementary, he went on a shooting rampage. According to investigators, Ramos shot his grandmother in her house before fleeing. Officials reported Wednesday that the grandma had been evacuated to a hospital and was in critical condition.
“The gunman’s grandma was shoot first… She went to the cops after that. The shooter escaped and had an accident right outside the primary school, forcing him to go inside “At a press conference on Wednesday, Gov. Greg Abbott said.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Sgt. Erick Estrada, the suspect then wrecked his car into a ditch near the primary school and emerged with a rifle and a bag, as well as a tactical vest with more ammo.
DPS Director Steven McCraw said Ramos approached the school and entered via a rear entrance. According to him, a school resource officer “engaged” him, but no bullets were fired.
During that interaction, the suspect left a backpack full of ammo outside the school and fled inside, Estrada told CNN’s, Wolf Blitzer. The DPS is looking into what transpired during the encounter with the officer.
The man then locked himself in a classroom, while students in another classroom opened fire. According to DPS spokeswoman Lt. Chris Olivarez, all 19 students and two instructors are slain were in those rooms.
“The first cops on the scene were at a disadvantage since the gunman was able to shut himself inside the classroom. There was insufficient personnel at the moment, and their main, major concern was to prevent any future deaths “According to Olivarez. “As a result, they began shattering windows around the school, attempting to rescue and evacuate children and instructors.”
What We Know About the Robb Elementary School Victims.
According to Olivarez, a specialist tactical squad pushed their way inside the classroom and fatally shot the suspect. According to him, one cop was shot and had a non-life-threatening injury.
Uvalde fireman Chip King told CNN’s Jim Sciutto that the shooter was subdued by law police roughly 30 minutes after he got on the site.
Officials say the gunman stayed on the grounds for up to an hour before police forcefully entered a classroom and killed him. “It’ll be like 40 minutes or something, [within] an hour,” McCraw said.
According to Whitmire, one of the suspect’s guns, made by Daniel Defense, was discovered at the school with the suspect. The gunman’s second weapon was left in the wrecked vehicle.
Authorities informed the state senator that the suspect dropped a rucksack containing six magazines of ammunition at the school’s entrance. Authorities discovered what seem to be seven 30-round magazines inside the school.
He Was a Student from The Area.
He was a local student who didn’t have many if any, friends. People react outside the SSGT Willie de Leon Civic Center in Uvalde, Texas, where children were transferred following the school shooting on Tuesday.
Those who knew the suspect said he was a loner who didn’t have much of social life.
According to Olivarez, the suspect went to a nearby high school and resided with his grandparents. He said that he had no buddies and had no criminal or gang past.
The manager of a nearby Wendy’s verified to CNN that he worked the day shift and remained to himself most of the time.
“He had the impression of being the quiet sort. He didn’t interact with his coworkers too much “According to Adrian Mendes, Wendy’s evening manager. “All he did was work, get paid, and come in to claim his pay.”
Ramos was harassed by others for the clothing he wore and his family’s socioeconomic status, according to a former classmate. “People would refer to him as a school shooter and other things,” he claimed.
The classmate, who did not want to be named by name, described Ramos as “close.” He claims they sat and played Xbox together throughout high school.
The suspect had ceased going to school on a regular basis, and they had stopped communicating with each other save for rare invitations to play Xbox. According to the suspect, he recently emailed the classmate a photo of an AR-15, a rucksack containing rounds of ammunition, and multiple rifle magazines.
“I asked, ‘Bro, why do you have this?’ and he answered, ‘Don’t worry about that,” the buddy said. “He then texted me, saying, ‘I look so different now.’ You wouldn’t know who I am.'”
Fighting with Others Violently.
Ramos attended a gym class with Stanley Torres, a student at Uvalde High School, who characterized him as a “very quiet individual who hung out by himself,” according to CNN. Another student at Uvalde High School told CNN that “He was well aware that he was disliked. People would mock him or attempt to attack him “But she said she had no idea why.
The gunman has a history of violently fighting with others, according to one former buddy and a video acquired by CNN. Ramos shared the video on Snapchat more than a year ago, according to his former buddy and classmate. It shows the gunman arguing with another person, something a former acquaintance claimed was not unusual, adding, “he would constantly get into fights in school.”
Ramos is on the video, according to two other former classmates. According to Abbott, the suspect had no known mental health issues.
On Social Media, He Warned People.
The shooter posted a series of foreboding statements on social media platforms hours before the killing. Ramos’ Instagram account shared a snapshot of two weapons on a carpet and tagged another Instagram user in the photo by name. In a report written after the incident, the owner of the tagged Instagram account said that the suspect had tagged her and messaged her out of the blue.
The girl, who did not provide her name on her account and later made it private, uploaded screenshots of communications she said she had with the gunman in the days leading up to the slaughter. In one, Ramos wrote, “I’m about to” but didn’t elaborate. In another message, he said, “I have a tiny secret.” “I’d want to tell you something.” She said she may take asleep shortly, but that she’d react if she was awake.
Try to Convince Him Not to Do the Crime.
The girl claimed she didn’t reside in Texas and didn’t know Ramos in messages uploaded to her tale before it was made private.
“I wish I had remained up to attempt to persuade him not to do his crime,” she wrote. “I had no idea,” says the speaker.
The shooter, according to Abbott, posted his plans on Facebook. The gunman’s private one-to-one chats were uncovered after the attack, according to a representative for Facebook’s parent company, Meta.
“I’m going to shoot my grandma,” Ramos texted in the first of three text messages, Abbott said, roughly 30 minutes before the school massacre.
“I shot my granny,” he later wrote. “I’m going to shoot an elementary school,” says the concluding sentence.
He reportedly wrote scary text messages to a female he met online, telling how he had recently slain his grandma and planned to shoot up an elementary school.
On May 9, the 15-year-old girl from Frankfurt, Germany, started conversing with Ramos on a social networking app. She said she chatted with him on FaceTime every day and over other apps as well.
He inquired about her life in Germany throughout their discussions, she said. The girl said, “He seemed cheerful and at ease chatting to me.” He claimed to spend a lot of time alone at home,
However, she was concerned by other SMS exchanges. He informed her that he “throws dead cats at people’s homes” in one instance, she said.
He seemed to be a loner, she remarked. “He never had arrangements with his pals every time I spoke to him,” she said.