UVALDE, TX – The scourge of school shootings in the United States continued further on Tuesday when a sniper entered an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, with an assault rifle and a handgun and started shooting at anything that moved; in the end, the bloody and gruesome rampage left 19 children and two adults dead, as well as the shooter himself, who was killed by responding police.
Representing the 27th school shooting in 2022 to date — in addition to the deadliest since Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut in 2012, which left 26 dead — local resident Salvador Ramos, 18, armed himself with ‘an AR-15 rifle he had bought after his birthday a few days before the attack entered Robb Elementary School around 11:30 a.m.
Once inside, Ramos – who was wearing a tactical vest and carrying a backpack with several ammo clips inside – barricaded himself inside a fourth-grade classroom and began to open fire on anyone trapped inside, according to Lt. Christopher Olivarez of Texas. Department of Public Security.
“[Ramos] barricaded himself locking the door and just started shooting the kids and the teachers who were inside that classroom,” Olivarez said. “It just shows you the utter evil of the shooter.”
Responding officers burst into the classroom and shot Ramos dead. No motive is currently known for the shooting, although police say hours before he carried out his heartless massacre, Ramos had a confrontation with his grandmother over his failure to graduate. high school and shot her, leaving her in critical condition, police said.
Ramos then fled from his grandmother’s house in his truck, which he then crashed into a ditch outside Robb Elementary; police later recovered a second AR-15 from the vehicle.
Although his motive is still in question, police say Ramos posted photos of ammunition magazines and two AR-style rifles he had purchased on social media in the days leading up to the shooting, which may have were warning signs that the young demented intended to commit violent acts.
On the morning of the shooting, Ramos reportedly posted “I’m about to” on social networks.
President Joe Biden addressed the massacre, saying something had to be done to stop the seemingly unbroken massacre “carnage” in schools across the country.
“As a nation, we must ask ourselves: When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby? When in God’s name are we going to do what needs to be done? Biden said. “Why are we willing to live with this carnage?
However, the chances of an overhaul of US gun laws are slim, as previous attempts to do so have been blocked by Republican members of Congress.