Robb Elementary School shooting. On May 24, 2022, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, United States, killing 19 children and two teachers, and wounding 17 others. Earlier that day, he had shot and wounded his 66-year-old grandmother. Ramos was eventually shot and killed on school premises by responding law enforcement officers.
The shooting is the third deadliest school shooting in U.S. history, after the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007 and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012, and the deadliest school shooting in Texas. The shooting was widely condemned nationally, including by President Joe Biden and by gun control advocates, as well as internationally.
Nineteen children and two teachers were killed in the shooting. The children were in grades two, three, and four. Two victims died upon arriving at Uvalde Memorial Hospital. According to the hospital’s CEO, thirteen children were taken to the same hospital. Several other victims were taken to the University Hospital in San Antonio. A total of 17 people were injured, including two police officers. Governor Abbott said the two officers were struck by bullets but had no serious injuries.
Salvador Rolando Ramos (May 16, 2004 – May 24, 2022) was born in North Dakota, and was a resident of Uvalde and a student at Uvalde High School. Prior to the shooting, he had no criminal record or documented mental health issues. According to classmates and friends of Ramos, he had a stutter and a strong lisp, for which he was often bullied; he frequently got into fistfights with classmates, occasionally with boxing gloves, which he carried around with him; and he had few friends. Ramos was expected to graduate from high school in 2022, but his frequent absences made his graduation unlikely. Ramos’ condition got worse when his best friend moved to another part of Texas, and he ended up dropping out of school.
Upon dropping out, he grew his hair out and began wearing all-black clothing and military boots. Up until a month before the shooting, Ramos worked at a local Wendy’s and had been employed there for at least a year. According to the store’s night manager, Ramos went out of his way to keep to himself. One of Ramos’s coworkers said he was occasionally rude to his female coworkers, to whom he sent inappropriate text messages, and would threaten cooks at his job by asking them, “Do you know who I am?”
A year before the shooting, Ramos started posting pictures to his Instagram account of automatic rifles that were on his wish-list. Prior to the shooting, Ramos would drive around at night with a friend and shoot at people with a BB gun and throw eggs at cars. According to a man who was in a relationship with Ramos’ mother, Ramos moved out of his mother’s house and into his grandparents’ house two months before the shooting, after an argument broke out between him and his mother over her turning off the Wi-Fi. Ramos posted video of himself on Instagram aggressively arguing with his mother and referring to her as a “bitch.”
The mother of Ramos was described as a drug user, which made his upbringing challenging. Ramos’s grandfather said that, at the time of the shooting, Ramos did not have a driver’s license nor did he know how to drive. He legally purchased a semi-automatic rifle from a local gun store on May 17, a day after his 18th birthday, and purchased another rifle three days later. Ramos also sent an Instagram message to an acquaintance he met through Yubo, which showed a receipt for a DDM4 V7 purchased from Georgia-based online retailer Daniel Defense eight days before the shooting. He then posted a picture of two rifles on his Instagram account three days before the shooting. On May 18, he purchased 375 rounds of 5.56 ammunition.
UCISD asked parents not to pick up their children until all Robb Elementary School students were accounted for, and, at around 2:00 p.m., parents were notified to pick up their children. All district and campus activities were canceled, and the parents of students at other schools were asked to pick up their children due to school bus cancellations.
The UCISD superintendent announced that night in a letter sent to parents that the school year had concluded for the entire district, including a planned graduation ceremony. The school year had previously been scheduled to end that Thursday. Some parents had to wait late into the night for final confirmation of their child’s death, awaiting DNA identification.
The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center issued an urgent request for blood donations after the shooting and sent 15 units of blood to Uvalde via helicopter to be used in area hospitals. Uvalde Memorial Hospital announced on Facebook that they will be holding an emergency blood drive for the victims.
Parts of this blog post were copied and pasted from Wikipedia. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robb_Elementary_School_shooting
After Thoughts. Try as I might I could not find a complete list of the 21 victims of the Robb Elementary School massacre. 18 victims died on the 24th of May 2022 and nowhere can I find a complete list of those 21 shooting victims. But there is plenty of information about the shooter who killed 18 victim. How ironic is that. Another thought that won’t leave my mind is the number of school shootings, not to mention all around mass shootings, we have had in the last 60 years in the United States of America. Yet we don’t have five politicians in Congress who will form a coalition to change weapons laws. The lobbyists for gun manufacturers in America must really be paying a lot of cash for crooked politicians to remain silent.
Every single time in the aftermath of a school massacre when people say thoughts and prayers I cringe.