The Robb Elementary School shooter went on the deadly rampage after fighting with his grandmother about his failure to graduate from his Texas high school, according to a report.
A neighbor of Salvador Ramos told local news channel Newsy that the 18-year-old got into an argument with his grandmother, whom he shot before going on the killing spree that left 19 kids and two teachers dead.
The family friend, identified by the outlet as Eduardo Trinidad, said Ramos was upset he was not going to graduate from Uvalde High School.
He got into an argument with the grandmother and she was screaming, ‘He shot me! He shot me!’ and then he got in the car, zoomed down the street,
there was some kind of crash, according to Mr. Trinidad,” Newsy reporter John Mone said.
“The suspect got out, he had two weapons, and then started engaging gunfire,” he added.
Ramos’ grandmother was listed in critical condition, Sgt. Erick Estrada of the Texas Department of Public Safety said.
Uvalde High School’s graduation day is listed as Friday on its website, where the top 10 students appear in photos on the home page.
“We are excited to share one of the greatest days in a young person’s life with you, your families, friends, and relatives,” the commencement message reads.
As a primary preventative strategy for addressing the problems of violence, vandalism, disruptions and fear, UCISD has proponents to curb and/or eliminate these elements from our school so that we may provide a safe and secure environment for all,” the school says on a page titled “Preventative Security Measures.”
At least 19 kids and two teachers were killed in the slaughter, the worst school shooting in US history since the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre, which left 26 kids dead.
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Another 15 kids and four adults were wounded in the slaughter, hospital officials said
An 18-year-old gunman opened fire at a Texas elementary school, killing 19 children and a 3 teacher and wounding others, Gov. Greg Abbott said, and the gunman was dead.
It was the deadliest shooting at a U.S. grade school since the shocking attack at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, almost a decade ago. And it came just 10 days after a gunman in body armor killed 10 Black shoppers and workers at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York,
in what authorities say was a racist attack.
The gunman entered Robb Elementary School in Uvalde with a handgun and possibly a rifle, Abbott said. Officials did not immediately reveal a motive,
but the governor identified the assailant as Salvador Ramos and said he was a resident of the heavily Latino community about 85 miles (135 kilometers) west of San Antonio.
Abbott said the shooter was likely killed by police officers but that the events were still being investigated. The school district’s police chief,
Pete Arredondo, said that the attacker acted alone.
The massacre of young children was another gruesome moment for a country scarred by an almost ceaseless string of mass killings at churches, schools and stores.
The gunman in Uvalde “shot and killed, horrifically, incomprehensibly, 14 students, and killed a teacher,” the governor said, adding that two officers were also wounded but were expected to survive.
Pray for the lost, their families, and Uvalde,” San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said in a tweet.
It was not immediately clear how many people, in addition to the dead, were wounded, but Arredondo said there were “several injuries.” Earlier, Uvalde Memorial Hospital said 13 children were taken there. Another hospital reported a 66-year-old woman was in critical condition.
Robb Elementary School has an enrollment of just under 600 students, and Arredondo said it serves students in the second, third and fourth grade.
He did not provide ages of the children who were shot.
A heavy police presence surrounded the school afternoon, with officers in heavy vests diverting traffic and FBI agents coming and going from the building.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said President Joe Biden was briefed on the shooting on Air Force One as he returned from a five-day trip to Asia. Biden was scheduled to deliver remarks at evening at the White House.
Uvalde is home to about 16,000 people and is the seat of government for Uvalde County. The town is about 75 miles (120 kilometers) from the border with Mexico. Robb Elementary is in a mostly residential neighborhood of modest homes.