Texas school shooter’s grandpa says family had ‘no idea’ he’d bought two AR-15s
Salvador Ramos, the Uvalde school shooter, was characterized as a quiet youngster who spent most of his time by himself in his room by his grandpa, who disclosed that the family had no knowledge he lawfully acquired two AR-15s last week.
Police shot Ramos, 18, dead yesterday after he killed 19 fourth pupils and two instructors at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. The gunman’s motivation is unknown. He murdered his grandma in the head at home, then took her car and drove it to school, collapsing in a ditch before walking into the classroom and began firing.
Authorities in #Uvalde, Texas say Salvador Raimondo Ramos, 18, is the gunman who killed his grandmother before murdering 14 young children at a school & a teacher. Two officers were also shot but survived. He was reportedly killed by responding police. https://t.co/5RAfTmRBJq pic.twitter.com/ji6wQfR1Qr— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) May 24, 2022
Ramos turned 18 on May 16 and immediately purchased two AR-15s and over 300 rounds of rifle ammo. They were bought at the Oasis Outback shop in Uvalde, which is about a 10-minute drive from his grandmother’s house.
His grandma, Celia Martinez, 66, accompanied him to Applebee’s for supper to celebrate his birthday. Her husband, Rolando Reyes, 74, told on Wednesday that neither he nor his wife were informed their grandson had purchased the firearms.
Grandfather speaks to ABC News about the 18-year-old suspect in Robb Elementary School shooting
“I didn’t know he had weapons… if I would have known, I would have reported him.” Rolando Reyes spoke to ABC News’ Matt Gutman about his grandson, the 18-year-old suspect in the shooting at Robb Elementary School that killed 21 people. https://abcn.ws/3MLVL7fPosted by ABC News on Wednesday, May 25, 2022
He had no idea he had guns. If he had known, he would have reported it, said Rolando, who has a criminal history and is not permitted to be in a house with weapons.
Ramos moved in with his grandparents following a disagreement with his mom over her decision to turn off the Wi-Fi in their home.
BREAKING: A law enforcement official says all those killed at a Texas elementary school were in the same fourth-grade classroom. Nineteen children and two teachers were killed in the shooting. https://t.co/M4UQVqJbtR— The Associated Press (@AP) May 25, 2022
Although being shot in the head, Ramos’ grandmother survived. She is currently in the hospital.
The shooter’s granddad reportedly said that he was quiet but would occasionally accompany him to work.
He used to bring Ramos to work with him on occasion. He did not attend school this year. He didn’t complete his education. You might attempt to tell him, but nowadays youngsters believe they know it all. He was quiet and didn’t say anything.
The youngster did not reside with his mom as they had “issues,” according to the grandpa.
He was outside the house on Tuesday when the adolescent started shooting. A neighbor called to warn him that his wife had been shot, but by the time he returned home, Ramos had fled in his grandmother’s car.
The Call of Duty-obsessed shooter purchased two firearms, including a $1,870 Daniel Defense AR-15. He uploaded a receipt for that transaction on the website Yubo, which was found the day after the incident on Tuesday.
It is unknown whether Ramos, who turned 18 last week, purchased both firearms via the Daniel Defense website.
The website is based in Georgia and allows clients to purchase items online and then pick them up from a nearby dealer.
There are no Daniel Defense vendors in Uvalde, but there are dozens in San Antonio, which is around 100 miles distant. Ramos obtained at least one weapon from a local gun licensee, according to the ATF.
On May 17, he made his first purchase, an AR-15 gun. According to ATF, the next day he purchased 375 rounds of 5.56 ammo.
On May 20, he purchased another weapon. One of the guns was discovered inside the truck he drove into a ditch before firing shots at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday.
The Daniel Defense rifle was discovered within the school where Ramos was fatally shot by authorities. It is unknown how the youngster obtained the guns.
He worked at Wendy’s, where coworkers claim he harassed female employees, yet he was also tormented for his attire and for being ‘poor,’ as per classmates.
Ramos lives in Uvalde with his grandma. He lately resided with his mother, however classmates said he frequently wrote on social media about how she had booted him out of their house.
‘He uploaded videos on Instagram when officers were present, and he’d call his mother a b—— and say she intended to throw him out.’
‘He’d be shouting and yelling at his mother,’ Nadia Reyes remarked.
Ramos initially opened fire on his grandmother, who has not been identified, at their house on Tuesday.
He then drove his pick-up vehicle to the school and began firing on the students inside approximately 11.30 a.m.
A border agent who rushed the school killed the shooter.
There are now broad calls for gun control to prevent a similar catastrophe. In a speech to the country last night, President Biden said, ‘Where in God’s name is our backbone?’
It’s truly heartbreaking to know that innocent children lost their lives.