Salvador Ramos, the 18-year-old who murdered more than 19 children and three adults at Robb Elementary School in Ovaldi, Texas, bought his firearms legally when he turned 18.
Reports reveal that he texted a woman – who has a large following of Instagram followers – on Instagram before he went on a rampage. Ramos sent a message to the Los Angeles resident and also tagged her in photos he posted showing weapons.
Ramos sent a message to the woman: “(You) are going to repost my gunshots. What (your) weapons should you do with me?” The woman replied. Ramos replied that he just wanted to tag them and then disappeared from the chat.
What happened in the early hours of Tuesday morning was unfathomable to the women as well as the victims of Robb Elementary School. At about 5:20 a.m. local time, Ramos messaged the woman again on Instagram.
“I’m about to,” he said. When the woman asked him what he was hinting at, Ramos asked her to remain grateful. “I’ll tell you before 11… Be grateful that I put a sign in your name,” Ramos said.
“No, it’s just scary. I hardly know you putting me in a picture with some guns? I’m going out,” said the woman. His last text was two hours before a killing spree broke out. At about 9:32 a.m. local time, Ramos said.
The woman who learned of the school shooting once expressed her grief and said that if she had known earlier, she could have prevented him from killing these children.
Speaking to news outlets The Sun US and The New York Post among others, people familiar with Ramos said the 18-year-old was a shy person. They also said that Ramos was sending pictures of rifles to his friend, who asked him why he stockpiled firearms and ammunition.
The friend also said that his classmates made fun of Ramos, when he attended Ovaldi High School, because of his clothes and his family’s financial situation. Ramos dropped out of school and took a job at Wendy’s where he is remembered by his classmates as a quiet person.
“He felt like the quiet type, who doesn’t say much. He didn’t really connect with the other employees. He just worked, got paid, and came to get his paycheck,” Adrian Mendes, evening manager at Wendy’s where Ramos works, told CNN.
(With entries from CNN, The Daily Mail, The New York Post, and The Sun (US))
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