Texas official: Uvalde shooter pushed by social media fame, 'abhorrent conduct' went unchecked for months

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Texas officers holding a particular Senate listening to on the Uvalde elementary faculty mass capturing acknowledged how regardless of the 18-year-old gunman’s prior “abhorrent conduct” and animal abuse being frequent information within the small city of simply 17,000 folks it was by no means reported to regulation enforcement. 

Throughout his testimony, Col. Steve McCraw, director of the Texas Division of Public Security, additionally acknowledged how social media — and the lure of on the spot worldwide notoriety — could have motivated 18-year-old Salvador Ramos to commit the act of mass violence at Robb Elementary Faculty on Could 24. 

Within the aftermath of the capturing that left 19 youngsters and two academics useless, McCraw advised the Texas Senate “Particular Committee to Shield All Texans” that he has interviewed between 500 to 700 folks as far as a part of persevering with investigations. He mentioned one instructor advised him Ramos “was the scholar who scared her essentially the most” and that the suspect had begun “dressing like a mass shooter” months earlier than.


“Out of all these interviews, what number of occasions did they let you know he was the one they have been fearful about?” Texas state Sen. Paul Bettencourt, a Republican, requested McCraw. 

“A number of occasions. We had one instructor who mentioned she was at all times fearful about him,” McCraw mentioned. “He was the one pupil who scared her most. We mentioned, as I discussed earlier, final yr he began dressing like a faculty shooter, began performing like a faculty shooter.”

McCraw famous how the revelations from no less than half a dozen people of Ramos’ regarding conduct occurred after the capturing and have been by no means reported to regulation enforcement beforehand. 

He additionally mentioned that by interviews, many residents noticed seeing Ramos carrying a bag of useless cats. Regardless of what Bettencourt described as such “animal abuse” and “abhorrent conduct,” there was no recognized file of it from both the varsity district or regulation enforcement earlier than the capturing. 

“That’s a significant failure,” Bettencourt mentioned. 

Uvalde, Texas, school shooter Salvador Ramos. 

Uvalde, Texas, faculty shooter Salvador Ramos. 
(Uvalde Police Division)

McCraw mentioned Ramos, who has no prior prison file, was unemployed on the time of the capturing however had beforehand labored on and off within the fast-food business. 

Ramos was shot and killed by a Border Patrol tactical group on the scene. 

In a separate line of questioning, a lawmaker pointed to the risks of social media.

“You talked about a few occasions notoriety — let me ask it this fashion relating to social media. It performs into human nature, males particularly, about wanting to depart their mark, eager to be important, wanting that function, eager to be one thing. And that may be good or unhealthy,” state Sen. Charles Perry, a Republican, mentioned to McCraw. 

“Do you suppose the social media facet of the platform — and it’s simply been related up within the final 30 years, proper?” he continued. “I’m 60 — we had these people who weren’t handled proper or felt like they have been mistreated or had points, however they didn’t have a platform.” 

Perry continued, “Do you suppose that the concept this man knew the minute he pulled the set off that he simply received notoriety on a worldwide foundation that may dwell sadly into perpetuity?”

“Completely,” McCraw interjected. 

“You suppose that performs into the psyche?” Perry requested. 

“Among the statements he made would recommend precisely that,” McCraw concluded.


All through the listening to Tuesday, McCraw demonstrated how the door of one of many lecture rooms was unlocked, however Uvalde law enforcement officials waited within the hallway and by no means tried to open it. He additionally positioned blame on Pete Arredondo, chief of the Uvalde Consolidated Impartial Faculty District Police Division, who he mentioned spared the lives of armed, skilled officers over these of kids.