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Bought 2 AR-style rifles week before taking pictures; Classmates say he had ‘immediate’ red flags

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Before an 18-year-old man bought two rifles and opened hearth in an elementary faculty in Uvalde, killing 21 individuals, he confirmed “aggressive” habits and “immediate” red flags, classmates informed ABC News.

Three juniors at Uvalde High School spoke with reporter Matt Gutman following Tuesday’s assault at Robb Elementary School in UCISD, the place 19 college students and two adults have been killed.

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The shooter, recognized as 18-year-old pupil Salvador Ramos, went to the elementary faculty in physique armor after taking intention at his grandmother, authorities mentioned. After he made his means inside a fourth-grade classroom, he opened hearth with an AR-15, barricading himself and taking pictures at anybody in his means, in accordance with Lt. Christopher Olivarez with DPS. He was finally fatally shot by officers.

Prior to the assault, he posted on social media that he was going to hurt his grandmother and shoot up the elementary faculty, in accordance with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

“Evil swept across Uvalde yesterday. Anyone who shoots his grandmother in the face has to have evil in his heart,” Abbott mentioned at a information convention Wednesday. “But it is far more evil for someone to gun down little kids.”

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Abbott mentioned that Ramos had no recognized psychological well being points and no recognized legal historical past.

However, his classmates mentioned that Ramos confirmed repeated indicators of aggressive habits, like wanting to begin fights and sending intimidating messages on social media.

18-year-old Salvador Rolando Ramos was killed after he reportedly shot his grandmother, 14 college students, and 1 trainer to dying at Robb Elementary in Uvalde Tuesday. (Copyright 2022 by KPRC Click2Houston – All rights reserved.)

Yarelli Vasquez, 17, mentioned that she labored with him at Whataburger and whereas he was quiet, it was “kind of common” for him to make threatening remarks.

“He was very quiet… didn’t really have a lot of friends, so he kept to himself a lot of the time,” she mentioned. “I remember an interaction we had with this couple that worked there … he told the boyfriend that he wanted to fight his girlfriend for no reason.”

The incident didn’t escalate to something bodily, however she mentioned it was “still weird.”

Crystal Foutz, 17, added that he would boast and be “aggressive for no reason.”

“I would see them (TikTok videos) all the time and they would be like, ‘I could fight anyone, none of y’all can touch me … I’m untouchable,’” she mentioned.

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Other social media posts confirmed him boxing or coaching for combating, or with knives and weapons. Once, he confirmed up in school with deep cuts on his face.

When classmates requested him what occurred, he informed them “I did it myself because I like how it looks,” Vasquez mentioned.

He hardly ever attended faculty and didn’t socialize exterior of college, they mentioned. While he did categorical “eerie” habits, they mentioned they didn’t anticipate him to succeed in this stage of violence.

“Like this still doesn’t feel real. It feels like I’m in a dream, like still this entire day,” mentioned Keanna Baxter, 17.

Other classmates informed (*2*) that he was bullied over a childhood speech obstacle.

Steve McCraw, the director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, informed ABC News that Ramos just lately and legally purchased two AR-15-style rifles at Oasis Outback, a federally licensed retailer situated three miles from Robb Elementary.

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One of the weapons was bought on May 17, the day after his 18th birthday, in accordance with ATF. Ramos additionally purchased 375 rounds of ammunition after which bought the second rifle final Friday.

A basic supervisor at Oasis Outback informed ABC News that he is working with legislation enforcement, however wouldn’t touch upon whether or not the shooter did or didn’t buy his weapons there. The retailer is situated three miles away from the elementary faculty.

Days before the assault, an Instagram account investigators say apparently belonged to Ramos posted a photograph of a hand holding an ammunition journal.

On the day Ramos purchased his second weapon, the account carried a photograph of two AR-style rifles.

In that publish, Ramos apparently tagged one other Instagram person, one with greater than 10,000 followers, asking her to share the image along with her followers.

“I barely know you and u tag me in a picture with some guns,” replied the Instagram person, who has since eliminated her profile. “It’s just scary.”

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On the morning of the assault, the account linked to the gunman replied: “I’m about to.”

Officers discovered one of many rifles in Ramos’ truck, and the opposite within the faculty, in accordance with the briefing given to lawmakers. Ramos was sporting a tactical vest, however it had no hardened body-armor plates inside, lawmakers have been informed. He additionally dropped a backpack containing a number of magazines filled with ammunition close to the college entrance.

Investigators spent Tuesday night time serving search warrants for his phone and different data and making an attempt to contact his family members.

His grandfather, Rolando Reyes, 72, mentioned he had no concept his grandson had bought these weapons. He mentioned his grandson had been residing with them since February or March as a result of he had had a falling out together with his mom. He mentioned he took his grandson to work generally, as Ramos didn’t know the way to drive, and that he was very quiet, however he didn’t appear violent.

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