On May 24, 2022, around noon, a mass shooting happened. The name being linked to it is Salvador Ramos. So who is Salvador Ramos, the Uvalde school shooting suspect?
Salvador Ramos, an 18-year-old high school student and fast-food worker, was reported as the gunman who broke into classrooms at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24, 2022, killing at least 19 children and two fourth-grade teachers.
It was the worst elementary school shooting in the United States since the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Connecticut in 2012. According to the Associated Press, the suspect shot his grandmother prior to entering the school, while being pursued by law enforcement officers. Officials stated the Uvalde High School student killed children in grades 2 to 4 as well as two adored fourth-grade teachers, Irma Garcia and Eva Mireles, before being shot by a border patrol agent who was patrolling nearby and ran to help. It is unclear whether his grandmother is still alive.
Ramos acquired two rifles on his 18th birthday, according to the Daily Beast. “As soon as he made entry into the school he started shooting children, teachers, whoever was in his way, he was shooting everybody,” Texas Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Lt. Chris Olivarez stated.
Ramos was allegedly bullied, according to reports. According to the Washington Post, he had a lisp and had to deal with gay insults because he wore eyeliner.
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According to CNN, Salvador Rolando Ramos also had a TikTok account with a description that said, “Kids be scared irl (in real life).” According to the network, it just featured a video from the Subway Surfers mobile game. TheBiggestOpp was the name of his Instagram and TikTok accounts.
Officials verified at least 21 individuals, 19 of whom were children, had perished in the shooting by late evening, according to the Associated Press.
Law enforcement took “swift action” at the site of the horrific shooting, according to Texas Governor Greg Abbott, but it was too late for many youngsters. Abbott stated, “The shooter is no longer alive.” “The shooter was Salvador Ramos, an 18-year-old male who resided in Uvalde.” The governor first stated that 14 kids and one instructor had been killed, but the number increased as the day progressed.
On May 24, 2022, around noon, the mass shooting happened. Find out more about the victims here. As the casualties increased and photographs of the young faces appeared, piercing the hearts of a nation, two 10-year-old boys — Uziyah Garcia and Xavier Lopez – were also identified as victims.
The shooter seems to have an Instagram page with photographs of guns. Although officials have not officially verified it, it was deleted shortly after the shootings. People who knew the gunman tweeted about it on social media, and the account followed Uvalde High School students.
A person who knew the suspect’s grandmother was interviewed by reporter John Mone. He recalled a scenario in which Ramos was “angry that he did not graduate, and he got into an argument with the grandmother and she was screaming, ‘He shot me, He shot me.’” He “zoomed down the street” after that. There was a loud bang. With two firearms, the suspect exited and began shooting. It was the first hint of an underlying motive. Ramos shot the children the day after his classmates graduated, according to the Post.
On Facebook, a video of what many believe to be the gunman entering the school has surfaced. “What my girls just sent me this is at Robb. Prayers for the kids and staff,” wrote Elsa G. Ruiz, who shared the video on Facebook.
According to the governor, Ramos entered the school with a handgun and maybe a rifle.
“Mr. Ramos, the shooter, he himself is deceased, and it is believed that responding officers killed him. Two responding officers were struck by rounds but have no serious injuries,” Abbott said on May 24, 2022. He said the gunman was a U.S. citizen.
The picture below was shared on Instagram. “Salvador there’s no way u did that that couldn’t have been you,” another Instagram user wrote in her story.
Uvalde is presently one of the worst elementary school shootings in the country. The Sandy Hook school massacre in Connecticut murdered twenty children and six staff members. Adam Lanza, the suspect, also killed his mother.
According to his press secretary, President Joe Biden was briefed on the school incident and planned to speak about it later that evening. “His prayers are with the families impacted by this awful event, and he will speak this evening when he arrives back at the White House,” she tweeted.
“There’s a lot we don’t know yet,” Biden said when he spoke. “There’s a lot we do know. Parents who will never see their child again, never have them jump in bed and cuddle with them. Parents who will never be the same. To lose a child is like having a piece of your soul ripped away.”
What you need to know is as follows:
1. The Instagram Page @Salv8dor_ Tagged a Woman Who Says She Did Not Know Him, Writing, ‘I Got Lil Secret’
After Abbott released the gunman’s name, an Instagram page with the username @salv8dor_ was deactivated. The account contained two selfies of a teen who appeared to be the shooter, as well as images of two firearms. Another image showed a man with a pistol magazine in his lap. Another account shared messages sent by the gunman to the account holder days before the shooting. The gunman tagged that account in his lone Instagram post. In an Instagram story made after the incident, the person behind the tagged account, a Los Angeles teenager, stated that she does not live in Texas and does not know the gunman personally.
Several classmates informed CNN that the shooter had an Instagram account. “All I know is he would always post guns on his story,” a follower told The Daily Dot. Another internet friend told Daily Dot that Ramos met them on the live-streaming website Yubo. “He was just telling me about some rifle he bought,” they explained, “but in America I know how normal that is and I had no idea.”
According to the report, he presented a person a receipt for a rifle purchased from Daniel Defense, a “Georgia-based company that sells guns online.” However, neither the government nor the company have confirmed this.
The kid from Los Angeles shared texts she said were from Ramos, whom she characterized as a stranger who had tagged her in an Instagram gun post for inexplicable reasons. “I got lil secret. I wanna tell you,” one message said.
“I don’t know him and I don’t even live in Texas,” she wrote in her story. “He’s a stranger. I know nothing about him. He decided to tag me in his gun post. So sorry for the victims and their families. I really don’t know what to say.”
The woman posted messages on Instagram that she believes were exchanged with the shooter.
“Be grateful I tagged you,” he replied in one of her messages. “No it’s just scary…” she replied.
“I am about to,” he wrote in a message, without going into further detail.
“About to what?” she asked.
“I’ll tell you before 11,” he wrote.
The shooting happened about noon.
“The only reason I responded to him was because I was afraid of him. I wish I stayed awake to at least try to convince him to not commit his crime. I don’t know,” she wrote in her story.
Another Instagram user wrote, posting a photo from the page, “Salvador Ramos was his name… I had no idea he was like this and if I had known it…I would not have been following him. I barely knew him… we just had normal conversation… we talked twice…”
2. The Shooter, a Student at Uvalde High School, Worked at Wendy’s & Had an ‘Aggressive Streak,’ Co-Workers Said
There were indicators.
Ramos worked at Wendy’s, where a colleague characterized him as exhibiting an “aggressive streak,” as per the Daily Beast.
“He would be very rude towards the girls sometimes, and one of the cooks, threatening them by asking, ‘Do you know who I am?’ And he would also send inappropriate texts to the ladies. At the park, there’d be videos of him trying to fight people with boxing gloves. He’d take them around with him.”
According to the Associated Press, state police claimed the suspect shot and murdered his grandmother before entering the school. Other stories, however, said that the grandmother was still alive and in critical condition.
“It is being reported that the subject shot his grandmother right before he went into the school. I have no further information about the connection between those two shootings,” Abbott had said earlier in the news conference.
Ramos legitimately purchased the weapons from a dealer on his birthday, according to Gutierrez. According to the Associated Press, “that was the first thing he did on his 18th birthday.” Ramos was born in North Dakota, according to Gutierrez.
The shooting took place inside the school, according to ABC News, refuting earlier allegations that the shooting took place outside. According to Abbott, the gunman left his car outside the school before entering and opening fire.
Authorities are “exploring his connection to the school” and “are working with a name and scouring social media,” ABC News reported.
“A number of the shooting victims are children of Customs and Border Patrol agents,” ABC News reported.
3. Ramos Sent a Friend a Picture of a Firearm & ‘Slowly Dropped Out’ of School After Being Taunted Over His Clothes & Family’s Poverty
One Ramos’ acquaintance told CNN of a teen interested in guns who was “taunted” at school.
“He would message me here and there, and four days ago he sent me a picture of the AR he was using … and a backpack full of 5.56 rounds, probably like seven mags,” the friend told CNN. “I was like, ‘bro, why do you have this?’ and he was like, ‘Don’t worry about it.’”
The friend added: “He proceeded to text me, ‘I look very different now. You wouldn’t recognize me.’”
According to CNN, Ramos “was taunted by others for the clothes he wore and his family’s financial situation,” and he “slowly dropped out…he barely came to school.”
People sprinting out of the school were captured on video. The substantial law enforcement response to the elementary school shooting was also caught on video.
Police Chief Pete Arredondo stated at a press conference that Ramos operated independently. He said the initial reports of a “mass casualty incident” came in at 11:30 a.m.
He stated that the murdered students were in grades two, three, and four. Arredondo is the superintendent of the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District.
According to Fox News journalist Bill Melugin, Annabelle Guadalupe Rodriguez is among the missing. That is what her father says.
Uvalde is approximately 85 miles from San Antonio, Texas.
4. A Border Patrol Agent Is Believed to Have Shot & Killed the Barricaded Shooter
Melugin also wrote, “Texas DPS says the school shooter shot his grandmother before going to Robb Elementary and shooting indiscriminately. He had a rifle and was wearing body armor. Barricaded and exchanged gunfire with officers. He was eventually killed by a tactical team.”
One of the injured is a border patrol agent who has not been identified. The actual number of people injured is unknown at this time.
He added, “Border Patrol sources tell me an elite BORTAC Border Patrol agent is believed to have shot and killed the gunman at Robb Elementary School today. I’m told he entered with a tactical team while TX LEOs were engaged w/ barricaded shooter. Agent was injured.”
CNN correspondent Natasha Bertrand stated on Twitter, “Sgt. Erick Estrada of the Texas Dept of Public Safety tells @andersoncooper the shooter crashed his car near the school, got out with a gun and wearing body armor, was engaged by law enforcement, but made his way into the school anyway and went classroom to classroom shooting.”
Some news outlets first published the gunman’s name wrongly as Salvador Rojas.
“Update @ 1:06 Shooter is in Police Custody,” the Uvalde Police Department said in their initial statement. However, the governor eventually disclosed that Ramos had died.
“There is an active shooter at Robb Elementary. Law enforcement is on site. Your cooperation is needed at this time by not visiting the campus. As soon as more information is gathered it will be shared,” Robb Elementary School wrote on Facebook.
At 12:38 p.m., the Police Department tweeted that Robb Elementary kids were being escorted to the Willie DeLeon Civic Center to be reunited with their families. The scene was still active at 12:23 p.m.
The existence of a “large Police presence at Robb Elementary 715 Old Carrizo St. We ask the public to avoid the area.” Prior to the suspect’s death, authorities stated that there was a “active police scene” and that people should “avoid the area.”
University Health tweeted, “Update on the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde: at University Hospital, one patient, a 66-year-old woman, is in critical condition. We do not yet have a condition to report on the child.”
5. Ramos Went ‘Into Several Classrooms’ Even After Law Enforcement Officers Engaged Him & ‘Dropped a Backpack’ Full of Magazines, Reports Say
Officers attempted to stop the perpetrator outside the school, but he went inside anyhow and then invaded classrooms, according to law enforcement officials. It is unclear what drew authorities’ notice to the shooter.
“Texas DPS spokesperson to CNN: several law enforcement officers engaged suspect outside the school, but he was able to make entry into the school. Shooter went into several classrooms,” wrote Steve Lookner, of Agenda Free TV.
The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, tweeted, “@ATFHous on scene at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, TX providing assistance in the investigation of a school shooting. Uvalde Police Department is the point of contact and will release more information as it becomes available.”
According to a source, Ramos “legally purchased two AR platform rifles at a local federal firearms licensee on two separate dates: May 17, 2022 and May 20, 2022.” One rifle was discovered in the truck, while the other was discovered in the school (a Daniel Defense rifle.)
According to the source, the suspect purchased 375 rounds of ammo on May 18. His residence was listed as the 500 block of Diaz Street in Uvalde.
According to Click2Houston, Ramos “dropped a backpack with several magazines full of ammunition near the entrance of the school.” Inside the school, there were seven 30-round magazines. According to that source, he was wearing a “plate carrier” instead of body armor.
The Uvalde Police Department wrote on Facebook, “Parents are asked to pick up students at the regular dismissal times at the child’s campus. There will be no bus transportation. Officers will be on site to escort students to the parents cars. Parents please be patient as lines will be long. Source: Uvalde CISD.”