Warning signs are believed to have been building up in the months leading up to the 18-year-old gunman from Uvalde, Texas, who opened fire on a class of young children and their teachers four days ago in what would become America’s deadliest school shooting in a decade.
The teenager had used the social media app Yubo to threaten to shoot and rape a school, as well as show off a gun he had purchased, CNN reported on Saturday.
And Keanna Baxter, 17, told the San Antonio Express-News she learned how unpredictable he could be from a friend who dated him.
“He was overall just aggressive, like violent,” Baxter told the outlet. “He would try to fight women. He would try to fight anyone who told him no – if he didn’t get what he wanted, he would go crazy.
She gave no details of physical altercations or other evidence of violence. But her friend, she said, had told her he was “scary” and “when he lost his temper, she would literally be scared for her life, basically. He would send her these really nasty messages, where he would go from super sweet yelling at her to super sweet.
Salvador Ramos was shot dead by federal agents who stormed the classroom he had barricaded himself in and killed 21 people last Tuesday after entering Robb Elementary School in the small southern town of Texas armed with an assault rifle.
Among the victims were 19 children and two teachers shot dead and 17 others injured. He had previously shot his grandmother and left her in critical condition.
Ramos’ parents gave brief interviews but little information about the 18-year-old’s state of mind or behavioral issues before the mass shooting.
Another classmate, Crystal Foutz, said Ramos threatened to hurt her in comments on Instagram. “It was just harassment. And I never provoked him or anything like that. He was aggressive for no reason … I just blocked him,” she told the San Antonio outlet.
Ramos worked at a Wendy’s burger restaurant in Uvalde until about two months ago, according to The New York Times. The night manager told the newspaper he was keeping it to himself.
The portrait painted by the shooter’s classmates includes descriptions of him showing up in a park with facial cuts he said he did ‘just for fun’ as well as rumors of a video of him holding a dead cat on the passenger. seat of his car.
Texas law enforcement officials said Ramos asked his sister in September when he could buy a gun in Texas. In March this year, Ramos was talking on Instagram about wanting to make the purchase.
Two weeks later, he posted on Instagram: “10 more days”.
Someone replied, “Are you going to shoot a school or something?”
“No. Stop asking stupid questions,” Ramos said. “You’ll see.”
Ramos legally purchased two military-style assault rifles from a federally-licensed gun store earlier this month, one the day after his 18th birthday and a week before he entered Robb Elementary School with a weapon, 58 magazines and 1,657 cartridges.
Kamala Harris on Saturday called for such assault weapons to be banned for the general public and called for the passage of tougher gun control legislation, long blocked by Republicans in the US Senate.