Uvalde Gunman Posted About Shooting School on Facebook Before Attack

The Uvalde shooter reportedly posted on Facebook three times before shooting his grandmother in the face and then Killing of 19 students and two teachers at Robb Elementary, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said at a press conference on Wednesday, May 25.

Abbott said the posts were the “only information known in advance” about the shooting at the time. About 30 minutes before Salvador Ramos reached Robb Elementary, according to Abbott, he shared a post that effectively read, “I’m going to shoot my grandmother.” The second post read, “I shot my grandmother.” And the third post, from which Abbott said he showed up at the school less than 15 minutes before he arrived, read, “I’m going to shoot an elementary school.”

Abbott offered one of the most detailed accounts of how the tragedy unfolded, although he noted that the investigation is still ongoing. He said it started with Ramos shooting his grandmother, who, injured, contacted the police as Ramos fled. Ramos reportedly crashed his vehicle near Robb Elementary before running to the school.

As Ramos approached the school, Abbott said several officers “approached the shooter and were dealing with the shooter at the time.” However, none of the armed officers at the scene were able to stop Ramos from entering the school through a back door. (This detail comes as many prominent Republicans, including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and state attorney general Ken Paxton, say the response should be to school gunners more armed police in schools.)

After entering the school, Ramos reportedly went into a classroom that was internally connected to another classroom. Prior to Abbott’s press conference, Lt. Chris Olivarez, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, said Ramos barricaded even in the classroom and that the entire killing spree took place in that one room. Officers responding to the shooting had to force entry into the classroom. Abbott said several law enforcement officers converged on the classroom and it was a border patrol agent who ultimately killed Ramos.

Abbott also shared a few more details about Ramos, saying that he was reportedly a high school dropout and that no criminal history had yet been identified, nor was it determined if he had a juvenile record. Abbott said Ramos only used one weapon during the attack, an AR-15.

While Abbott also said Ramos had no known history of mental health issues, the governor said he asked both the sheriff and mayor of Uvalde what the issue was here, and both reportedly responded, “We have a problem with.” of mental health.” Abbott said they “worked out the magnitude of the mental health challenges they face in the community and the need for more mental health support in this region.”

Referring to the ease with which Ramos was able to get his hands on the AR-15 he used in the attack, Steve McCray of the Texas Department of Public Safety said the 18-year-old had a semi-automatic rifle at a local sport bought goods store on March 17th. The next day he bought 375 rounds of ammunition, and a few days later, on March 20, Ramos returned to the same store and bought a second semi-automatic rifle. (As The New York Times As previously reported, the gun was purchased from Oasis Outback, an outdoor and hunting shop in Uvalde that has a restaurant attached. The store manager said he was working with law enforcement.)

Wednesday’s press conference also featured a notable perturbation by Beto O’Rourke, the former Texas Representative who ran that year to dethrone Abbott in the gubernatorial race. O’Rourke was a frequent and outspoken supporter of gun control reform, telling Abbott as he approached the stage that the shooting was “entirely predictable” and that the governor was “not doing anything.” Several officers on stage shouted at O’Rourke, with one reportedly calling him a “sick son of a bitch”. O’Rourke was then escorted out of the building by police.

https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/uvalde-gunman-facebook-posts-mass-shooting-robb-elementary-1358493/ Uvalde Gunman Posted About Shooting School on Facebook Before Attack

Sarah Ridley

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