After the tragedy, the questions: who is the author of the shooting in an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas? He was identified as Salvador Ramos, an 18-year-old American, in family conflict, isolated and dropping out of school. Originally from this southwestern town, he bought two assault rifles, killed 19 children and two teachers before being shot dead by the police. A massacre he had announced by private message on Facebook.
Without a criminal record or psychological problem known at this stage, “there was not really a warning sign of his crime”, he estimated Wednesday during a press conference the governor of the State, Greg Abbott.
Disturbing posts on his Instagram account
On May 17, the day after he turns 18, he buys a semi-automatic assault rifle. Two days later, 375 cartridges. And on May 20, he acquired a second rifle, the head of the Texas Department of Public Safety, Steven McCraw, detailed on Wednesday.
Two weapons then appear on an Instagram account that seems to be his, since deactivated. We see a young man with pale skin and shoulder-length black hair falling to his neck, in a photo facing a mirror. Another shot shows him even darker, his gaze absent, dressed in a gray hooded sweater. On one post, he is holding a gun magazine.
“Bullied because of his stuttering”
Around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday (4:30 p.m. GMT), equipped with a bulletproof vest in which he has stored several magazines and a rifle, Salvador Ramos rushes inside the school, locks himself in a classroom and kills 19 children and the two teachers.
But before going to this school, he shot his 66-year-old grandmother and then fled. According to Greg Abbott, he announced on Facebook – by private messages, the platform said – that he was going to shoot his grandmother, then that he had done it. “The third message, probably less than 15 minutes before arriving at the school, said: ‘I am going to open fire in an elementary school,'” Abbott said. Salvador Ramos was living with his grandmother, authorities confirmed on Wednesday, because, according to relatives quoted by American media, he had become closer to her after arguments with his mother.
The alleged shooter complained to his grandmother that he no longer wanted to go to class, told the washington post a cousin, Mia. “He wasn’t really a very social person since he was bullied because of his stutter,” she adds. “He was being harassed very harshly, and by a lot of people”, also testifies to the daily a former close friend, Stephen Garcia.
Isolation, scarification, video games…
Isolated, he skipped classes and gradually dropped out of high school. Salvador Ramos scars his face with a knife, says another teenager who has known him since primary school. He worked for a year in a Wendy’s fast food restaurant before leaving a month ago. “He didn’t really interact with the other employees,” his boss told CNN.
These personality elements bring him closer to other perpetrators of school massacres, such as those in Parkland, Florida, in 2018 (17 dead) or Columbine, Colorado, in 1999 (13 dead): school and social breakdown, fascination with weapons, conflict with the family…
Salvador Ramos also plays a lot of video games, especially fighting ones like Fortnite Where call of dutyreports a relative to the New York TimesJeremiah Munoz.
” Do not worry “
The weekend before the tragedy, the latter says he received two photos of assault rifles from Salvador Ramos, similar to those posted on Instagram.
“Four days ago,” another former classmate of the shooter, wishing to remain anonymous, recalled to CNN, “he sent me a photo of the AR (the type of assault rifle used on Tuesday) that he uses…and a knapsack full of 5.56 ammo, probably something like seven magazines.” “I was like ‘man, why do you have that?’, and he said ‘don’t worry’”.