What drove 18-year-old Salvador Ramos to enter Robb Elementary School in Ovaldi, South Texas, late Tuesday morning to murder 19 children and two teachers, going from class to class? Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott said the shooter killed his victims “in a terrible and senseless manner.” He noted that investigators are trying to obtain “detailed information about the life” of the young killer, his “motives and the type of weapons used.”
18-year-old high school student from Uvaldi
Texas Governor Greg Abbott said the young man was a US citizen and was a student at Ovaldi High School, without specifying if he graduated this year. An anonymous shot spread in the local media shows a young man with shoulder-length brown hair, his face pale and expressionless.
Greg Abbott continued that before committing the murder, he would have shot his grandmother, stressing that he did not know the connections between the two incidents. According to a local elected official, this woman was taken to a hospital in San Antonio in a “critical condition.” He would then escape in the car he was going to abandon near Robb Elementary School after he had a ‘terrible accident’. At about 11:30 a.m. (local time), police found him, he rushed inside the school and opened fire in several classrooms, Sgt. Estrada told CNN.
How did he get the gun?
According to Democratic Senator from Texas Roland Gutierrez, questioned by USA TODAYHe allegedly legally bought two assault rifles from a local gun store for his eighteenth birthday. “It was the first thing he did when he was eighteen,” he said.
Sgt. Eric Estrada of the Texas Department of Security said he was outfitted on Tuesday with a backpack, a flak jacket and a rifle to carry out the attack. School district police chief Pete Arredondo said authorities have not released a motive for the shooting, but the suspect in the shooting acted alone.
He had sent pictures of the weapons before the attack
According to CNN, Salvador Ramos texted his former classmate pictures of a rifle he had and a bag full of ammunition days before the attack. According to his testimony, the teenager in class was mocked for the clothes he wore and the financial situation of his family, and less and less came to high school: “He barely came to school, he gave up slowly,” he explained.
On social media, he is linked to an Instagram account, deleted after the massacre, which contains several photos: two black and white selfies in which he appears in a hoodie, hair to the back of his neck, and a photo of a rifle magazine. In another shot, we also saw two semi-automatic rifles.
“He took his boxing gloves everywhere”
Although many of Salvador Ramos’ neighbors describe him as “quiet”, the young woman who worked with him at a fast food restaurant until March provokes his aggressiveness into daily monster Sometimes he was very rude to the girls, and one of the cooks threatened them with the question: ‘do you know who I am ?’ She explained that he was also sending inappropriate text messages to the ladies. She makes videos of him in the park fighting with boxing gloves. He took them everywhere with him.
A neighbor explains that his son regularly plays with him, like many American teenagers, in the shooting game Call of Duty, but has not seen him for a long time.