Only a few hours after the Ulvade massacre in Texas, police sources and internet people picked up the different messages the shooter had left online before committing his crime, killing 19 elementary school kids and two adult teachers.
The Uvalde massacre's shooter was immediately identified as 18-years old Salvador Rolando Ramos who has been reported to suffer bullying in school and had already purchased two rifles and several rounds of live ammunition prior to the attack that took place on Tuesday in Robb Elementary School in
#SalvadorRomas #Ulvades. Such a tragedy. A lot of people knew and did nothing. This message was on his Instagram before it was scrubbed clean. 594 likes for “Kids be scared irl”. He had other posts on Facebook. He had the guns illegally, yet prepare for the gun grab crowd. pic.twitter.com/JcmBVhspzo— Richard Bigo Barnett (@BigoBarnett) May 24, 2022
Ramos had also shot his grandmother in the face before leaving the house as she was attempting to call the police to warn them of his plans.
Yet, investigations have been tracing several online posts made by Ramos prior to the attack, ones that may have helped save 21 lives.
On his TikTok profile, named "The Biggest Opp", Salvador Rolando Ramos had written "Kids be scared irl" in his bio, meaning "Kids should be scared in real life".
Shooter Salvador Romas posted his murder weapons 4 days ago on instagram. pic.twitter.com/Nfg0B7JR5m— Angie's By Kim (@AngiesByKim1) May 24, 2022
A Los Angeles-based online friend of Ramos said he had texted her shortly before storming the elementary school in Uvalde, telling her he wanted to share "a little secret" with her, before texting her the slang phrase "Ima air out", which points at his plans to fire gunshots through a scene, clearing all humans randomly.
Moreover, Ramos's now suspended Instagram account had included several stories and posts showing his interest in weapons and firearms.
In one of Ramos's latest stories, according to one of his high-school mates, he appeared in an angry exchange with his mother, using curse words against her, before explaining that she wanted him out of the house.
Texas shooter apparently said “ima air out” talking to a girl on instagram right before 😔 pic.twitter.com/Ooej5TpyYE— Cam (@CamHaller) May 24, 2022
A report by the Washington Post has cited one of Ramos' school friends saying that the latter "had suffered bullying for speech impediment", which had been making him angrier over the last few years".
While mourning the 21 victims of the shooting, social media commentators have been widely sharing screenshots of Ramos' online hints, expressing disappointment that the FBI and Texas officials had failed to identify the teenager as a potential danger before he committed his crime.
Salvador Romas posted on Instagram days before the shooting. Previous shooters post sometime for months. What the hell is the FBI doing? https://t.co/CCqpnsn0Cl— KTYG (@Missy10013Kathy) May 24, 2022
The Uvalde shooting has also reignited the debate over the US policies towards semi-automatic weapons and the right to bear arms stated in the country's constitution.
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