Police: Texas shooter slipped by school officer; mother says gunman not a ‘monster’


Texas (U.S.)- Authorities in Texas are learning more about the man accused of killing 21 people at an elementary school in Uvalde — including that he was apparently confronted by a school officer before he entered the building. Investigators said during an update on Wednesday that the shooter, Salvador Ramos, was stopped by the officer but still managed to slip in through a back door before the attack Tuesday. Moments later, he began the shooting rampage that killed 19 children and two adults.

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Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Erick Estrada said the confrontation occurred after the 18-year-old Ramos crashed his truck near Robb Elementary School, where he went after shooting his grandmother at home. She survived and is being treated at a San Antonio hospital.

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Estrada said Ramos dropped a bag of ammunition before he entered the school building and barricaded himself inside. DPS Lt. Chris Olivarez said once inside, Ramos entered two adjoining classrooms and opened fire. After school shooting, Uvalde’s tight-knit community prays, donates blood, grieves Authorities said Ramos was inside the school for 40 to 60 minutes before responding police entered the building and shot him dead.

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DPS Director Steven McCraw said investigators are looking at private social media messages that Ramos sent saying he’d shot his grandmother and was heading to the school. In an interview with ABC News, Ramos’ mother, Adrianna Reyes, said her son could be aggressive at times — but he wasn’t a “monster.”

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