Salvador Ramos, an 18-year-old gunman, has been identified as the shooter who killed at least 19 children and two adults at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday (May 24).
According to Governor Greg Abbott, Ramos is thought to have been the sole perpetrator of the mass shooting.
So far, we’ve learned the following.
Salvador Ramos: What Do We Know?
Ramos was a Uvalde High School student who lived in a small town, according to Abbott.
State lawmaker Roland Gutierrez told the media that the “first thing” Ramos did when he turned 18 bought two military-style “assault firearms.”
Ramos advised “kids to be careful,” according to Gutierrez.
Ramos is suspected of posting photographs of the guns he used in the shooting on Instagram, but the account was removed soon after he was recognized as the shooter.
The Texas Department of Public Safety released photos and stories about semiautomatic rifles on the Instagram account, as well as pictures and selfies of a person who looked a lot like the killer.
Three days before the incident, the user tweeted a picture of two guns, one of which appeared to be a Daniel Defense AR-15 with a large magazine.
What were the opinions of those who knew him?
Ramos’ former classmate told CNN that days before the incident, he texted him photographs of a gun and a bag full of ammo.
“[Ramos] would write me now and then, then four days ago he sent me a picture of the AR he was using,” he added. and a bag stuffed with 5.56 bullets (at least seven mags)
“I was like, ‘Bro, why do you have this?'” says the narrator. “Don’t worry about it,” he assured me. “I look quite different today,” he texted back. You’d never guess who I was.”
Ramos worked the day shift, according to Adrian Mendes, a manager at a local Wendy’s.
“He felt like the quiet type,” he explained. He didn’t interact with his coworkers very much.”
“[Ramos] would be quite nasty towards the girl and one of the chefs, threatening them by asking, “Do you know who I am?” and he would also send improper emails to the females,” according to a former Wendy’s colleague, according to the Daily Beast.
“There would be films of him fighting people with boxing gloves at the park.” He’d bring them along.”
Santos Valdez Jr, a longtime friend of Ramos’, told the Washington Post that they were close friends until Ramos’ behavior “deteriorated.”
Ramos was ridiculed frequently because of a speech handicap that includes a stammer and a lisp, according to him, and he once slashed his own face with a knife “for pleasure.”
What happened during the shooting on social media?
Ramos made indications about the attack he would carry out in the coming hours at 5:45 a.m. on the morning of the shooting.
He told a teen girl on Instagram that he wanted to share a “little secret” with her. Ramos said he’d tell her in an hour, but she needed to answer, according to screenshots given by the receiver.
“Ima airs out,” he concluded.
Ramos messaged a girl who said she didn’t know the 18-year-old but had seen him tag her in gun photographs on social media.
In Uvalde, what happened?
Ramos opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, at approximately 11:30 a.m., in a primarily Latino neighborhood.
Ramos shot Gutierrez’s grandma in the morning, Gutierrez informed reporters. Her condition at the hospital is thought to be critical.
He then drove away from his grandmother’s house, crashing his car outside the school. Ramos dashed inside and began shooting.
“The suspect entered the school and as soon as he entered the school, he started shooting students, teachers, anyone was in his way,” said Christopher Olivarez of the Texas Department of Public Safety, according to local media.
During the attack, he was said to be wearing body armor.
Officials say 19 children and two adults have died in the school shooting. Police officers are thought to have killed Ramos.