Chilling particulars emerged Wednesday of how teenage maniac Salvador Ramos slaughtered 19 kids and two lecturers — together with how he bragged about his sick plans on social media.
Ramos, who turned 18 final week, began posting on Fb “roughly half-hour earlier than reaching the college,” Gov. Greg Abbott stated of the “demented particular person” who introduced “evil” to Uvalde.
“The primary put up .. stated, ‘I’m going to shoot my grandmother.’ The second put up was, ‘I shot my grandmother,’” Abbott stated of Ramos’ critically injured 66-year-old relative, Cecilia, who was medevaced to a San Antonio hospital.
“The third put up, perhaps lower than quarter-hour earlier than arriving on the faculty was, ‘I’m going to shoot an elementary faculty,’” Abbott stated.
Regardless of being shot, the grandma “was capable of run throughout the road to a neighbor and get assist,” Texas Division of Public Security Director Steve McCraw additionally advised the press convention.
Nevertheless, her deranged grandson — who didn’t have a drivers license — had already taken her car and pushed the almost three miles to Robb Elementary Faculty, the place he crashed and fled, the officers stated.
“He took a backpack with one rifle with him,” McCraw stated, confirming it was a Daniel Protection weapon, one among two that Ramos had purchased the earlier week in an area sporting items retailer together with 335 rounds.
Texas faculty shooter Salvador Ramos posted about his plans for the taking pictures on Fb, based on officers.ZUMA Press Wire Service
Ramos acquired into an argument and shot his grandmother earlier than going to the elementary faculty.Photograph by Jordan Vonderhaar/Getty Photos
Ramos’ grandmother Cecilia was capable of name for assist after her grandson shot her and fled.Fb
He had purchased the primary on Tuesday final week — the day after turning 18, and precisely per week earlier than he was shot useless after one of many deadliest faculty shootings in US historical past.
After crashing his grandma’s car, Ramos went to the west aspect of the college constructing, the place there’s a again door, McCraw stated of the high-school dropout who had no recognized legal historical past.
There, a “courageous” faculty useful resource officer “approached him” and “engaged him” — however “gunfire was not exchanged,” McCraw stated, with out elaborating on why.
Ramos stole his grandmother’s automobile and crashed it close to the college.Eduardo Trinidad
Ramos holding a gun earlier than the taking pictures in Robb Elementary Faculty.Elsa G Ruiz/Fb
Ramos purchased two rifles and 335 rounds from a sporting items retailer per week earlier than the taking pictures.salv8dor_/Instagram
As a substitute, Ramos then made it into the college, working down a hallway to 2 adjoining school rooms, the official revealed.
“And that’s the place the carnage started,” McCraw stated.
Arriving officers then “engaged him” and have been capable of “preserve him pinned down in that location,” he stated — with a SWAT staff of Border Patrol brokers backing up native police. One of many border brokers is the one who gunned down Ramos, officers stated.
Ramos was “engaged” on the faculty by native police and border patrol brokers.Photograph by Jordan Vonderhaar/Getty Photos
A toddler getting placed on a bus on the scene of the taking pictures.REUTERS/Marco Bello
“They breached the classroom door, they went in, engaged Ramos and killed them on the scene,” he stated.
The official appeared emotional as he addressed doable failings by the officers he in any other case hailed as heroes.
“Clearly, that is state of affairs we failed within the sense that we didn’t stop this mass assault,” he conceded.
“However I can inform you these officers that arrived on the scene and put their lives at risk — they saved different children.. They saved him pinned down,” he insisted, saying they have been “very proud” of that.
Ramos killed 19 kids and two lecturers within the taking pictures.
It was a message shared by the governor, who stated the massacre “might have been worse” with out the officers’ response.
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“The explanation it was not worse is as a result of legislation enforcement officers did what they do. They confirmed superb braveness by working towards gunfire for the singular function of making an attempt to avoid wasting lives,” the governor stated.
“They have been capable of save lives. Sadly, not sufficient,” he stated.