Salvador Ramos, the Uvalde school shooter, was characterized as a peaceful youngster who spent most of his time alone in his room by his grandfather, who disclosed the family had no knowledge he lawfully acquired two AR-15s last week.
Ramos, 18, was shot and killed by police yesterday at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, after killing 19 fourth pupils and two instructors.
The motivation of the shooter is unknown. He shot his grandma in the head at home before stealing her car and driving it to the school, crashed into a ditch before walking into the classroom and opening fire.
Ramos turned 18 on May 16 and quickly bought two AR-15s and more than three hundred rounds of gun ammunition. They were purchased at the Oasis Outback store in Uvalde, a 10-minute drive from his grandmother’s house.
His grandmother, believed to be 66-year-old Celia Martinez, took him for dinner to Applebee’s to celebrate his birthday. On Wednesday morning, her husband Rolando Reyes, 74, told ABC News that neither of them were aware their grandson then bought the guns.
‘I didn’t know he had weapons. If I’d have known, I would have reported it,’ Rolando, who has a past felony conviction and cannot be in a home with firearms, said.
Ramos went to live with his grandparents after arguing with his mother about her cutting out the Wi-Fi in their home.
Ramos’s grandmother survived despite being shot in the head. She is in the hospital.
The shooter’s grandfather also revealed that he was quiet, but would sometimes go to work with him.
‘Sometimes I’d take him to work with me. Not all the time, but sometimes. This past year he didn’t go to school. He didn’t graduate. You would try to tell him but kids nowadays they think they know everything.
‘He was very quiet, he didn’t talk very much.’
The teen did not live with his mother because they had ‘problems’, the grandfather added. On Tuesday, he was out of the house when the teen opened fire. A neighbor called him to tell him his wife had been shot but by the time he got back to the house, Ramos had escaped in his grandmother’s car.
‘The neighbor called me and said she’d been shot. When I came over here he said he’d taken off. It still hasn’t sunk in,’ he said.
The Call of Duty obsessed gunman bought two weapons including a Daniel Defense AR-15 worth $1,870. He posted a receipt for that purchase on the website Yubo, which was obtained by The Daily Dot on Tuesday after the shooting.
It is unclear if Ramos, who turned 18 last week, bought both weapons on the Daniel Defense website.
The site is run out of Georgia and operates by allowing customers to place orders online and then collect them from a local dealer.
There are no Daniel Defense dealers listed in Uvalde, but several are 100miles away in San Antonio. The ATF confirmed yesterday that Ramos purchased at least one weapon in a local firearms licensee.
His first purchase was on May 17 for one AR-15 rifle. The next day, he bought 375 rounds of 5.56 ammunition, according to ATF sources cited by Click2Houston.
On May 20, he bought another rifle. One of the weapons was found inside the truck he crashed into a ditch on Tuesday before opening fire at Robb Elementary School.
The Daniel Defense rifle was found inside the school, where Ramos was shot and killed by cops. It’s unclear how the teenager paid for the weapons.
He had a job at Wendy’s, where colleagues say he accosted female staff, but he was also bullied for his clothes and looking ‘poor’, according to classmates.
Ramos lived with his grandmother in Uvalde. He recently lived with his mother, but classmates say he often posted online about how she had kicked him out of their home.
‘He posted videos on his Instagram where the cops were there and he’d call his mom a b—- and say she wanted to kick him out.
He’d be screaming and talking to his mom really aggressively,’ Nadia Reyes told The Washington Post.
On Tuesday, Ramos first opened fire on his grandmother – who has not been named – at their home.
He then drove to the school in his pick-up truck, opening fire on the kids inside at around 11.30am.
The gunman was brought down by a border agent who stormed the school.
Now, there are widespread calls for gun reform to stop a similar tragedy. President Biden said in an address to the nation last night: ‘Where in God’s name is our backbone?’