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Uvalde school shooter left warning signs before attack

The Uvalde, Texas, gunman carried so many warning signs that he was plagued by violence and notoriety in the months leading up to the attack that teens who knew him began calling him “school shooters.”

He was once bullied as a fourth grade student in the same class where he killed 19 children and two teachers. And in planning the May 24 massacre, he collected articles about the Buffalo, New York, supermarket shooting and played video games with a young student while inquiring about the school’s schedule.

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A state investigation report uncovering law enforcement’s complicit response to the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School has provided the most in-depth account yet of the missed red flags and possible motivations surrounding 18-year-old Salvador Ramos . Despite several warning signs, he still managed to get up to murders worth more than $5,000 in guns, ammunition, and gear, legally.

Just days before the attack, Ramos took to social media to talk about his plans to do something that would “give them full news.” She wrote about wanting to kill herself, shared online videos of beheading and violent sex, and described herself as “someone I met on the Internet” holding a plastic bag with a dead cat and BB guns at people. Pointing and sending footage of driving. Window.

According to an interim report released Sunday by an investigative panel of the Texas House of Representatives, “the attacker became focused on being notorious.” “He was confident that his TikTok and YouTube channels would be successful. The small number of views he received led him to tell the people he interacted with that he was ‘famous’, that they were only ‘random’ by comparison.

The 77-page report – based on interviews with family members, testimony and data from Ramos’ phone – reveals a long trail of clues left before the massacre, but notes that these clues are only for “private individuals”. were known and were not reported to the authorities. , It was also found that Ramos had no known ideological or political views, which would have made his rantings more widely known.

The report that the offspring of a shy, quiet boy was thought by a teacher to be a “wonderful student” as a mass murderer with a “positive attitude” prompted plenty of hints online and to family members that He was prone to violence as he amassed an arsenal of rifles, body armor and ammunition.

The report states that an ex-girlfriend told the FBI that she believed Ramos was sexually assaulted by a boyfriend of her mother at an early age, but when Ramos told his mother at the time, she believed him. Not done.

Without specifying a specific motive, the report said that Ramos spoke about painful fourth grade memories to an acquaintance a few weeks before the shooting.

Family members told investigators how Ramos was bullied as a fourth grader in one of the same connected classrooms where he was attacked. He said he faced ridicule for his stammer, short hair and wearing the same clothes almost every day.

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At one point, the report said, a fellow student tied his shoelaces together and Ramos fell on his face, injuring him. The report said Ramos was marked “at risk” by school officials, but he never received any special education services.

Failing grades were soon followed by frequent absences – more than 100 in a year starting in 2018. The report said it was not clear whether any school resource officers had ever visited Ramos’ home. Uvalde High School officials inadvertently took her back for the last time, when she had only completed ninth grade. It was around this time that he moved out of his mother’s house and moved to live with his grandmother, who was just a short walk from elementary school.

Months before shooting, Ramos soon began contacting acquaintances with “vague but ominous messages” about something to be done.

In March 2022, two months before the shooting, a student told him on Instagram that “people in school talk about you and call you a school shooter.”

The following month Ramos asked in a direct message on Instagram, “Will you still miss me in 50 days?” After replying – “probably not” – Ramos replied, “Hmm ok we’ll see in May.”

Crystal Fotz, who went to school with Ramos, told The Associated Press that he often got angry and gave off “vibes” as if he could shoot the place, although this was taken as more a joke than a serious one. .

“You hear people joking and saying, ‘He looks like a school shooter,'” Fautz said, though he quickly added, “I’ve heard it said about other people.”

Ramos took jobs at two fast-food restaurants to save money, which he told his acquaintances was “something big” that family members assumed was his own apartment or car. Instead it was guns and bullets, which he tried to bring two men to buy for himself when he was 17 and was unable to obtain legally.

But on May 16, the gunman turned 18, and began buying firearms and ammunition, persuading an uncle to take him to a gun shop. He eventually spent more than $5,000 on two AR-style rifles, ammunition, and other gear. And with no criminal history or arrest, Ramos passed all background checks.

He previously wrote “10 more days” online, prompting speculation from readers that he was planning to “shoot down a school or something” or “mass murder”. A friend told her that an acquaintance was “telling everyone you were shooting for the school.”

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He also spent time playing the children’s videogame Roblox with his cousin’s son, a student at Rob Elementary, and “got details from him about his schedule and how the school lunch period works.”

“I found a naughty secret,” Ramos wrote on Snapchat to a German teen he befriended a few days before the May 24 shooting, adding that he was waiting for something to be “delivered” on Monday. His order of 1,740 hollow-point bullets, which when impacted into the body to kill more easily, arrived later that day.

“None of their online behavior was ever reported to law enforcement,” the report said, “and if it was reported by other users on any social media platform, it does not appear to impair their access.” Action was taken to ban or report them. authorities as a threat. ,

Shortly before Robb entered Elementary, the gunman approached a German teenager with whom he had previously been friends, posting a message that he had shot his grandmother in the face and that an elementary schooler had been “shot”. “Was going to do it.
Not sure if he was serious, the German teenager replied: “Cool.”

Condon reported from New York. Associated Press reporter Jim Mustian in New York contributed to this report.

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