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‘I’m going to shoot an elementary school:’ Texas shooter posted 30 minutes before massacre

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A woman cries Tuesday, May 24, 2022, as she leaves the Uvalde Civic Center, in Uvalde, Texas. At least 14 students and one teacher were killed when a gunman opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, according to Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott. (William Luther/San Antonio Express-News/Zuma Press/TNS)


Will Katcher

masslive.com

The Facebook posts came in quick succession from the man who would soon massacre 19 children and two teachers at a Texas elementary school, state officials said Wednesday.

“I’m going to shoot my grandmother,” the killer wrote, moments before officials said he shot his grandmother in the face.

“I shot my grandmother,” he then wrote.

The third, chilling post came roughly 15 minutes before officials said the 18-year-old gunman arrived at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas: “I’m going to shoot an elementary school.”

Minutes later, officials said Uvalde resident Salvador Ramos crashed his car into a ditch outside the school, entered through a backdoor, barricade himself in a classroom and slaughtered 21 people.

Besides those posts, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said there was little warning of the pending attack.

At a Wednesday press conference, the governor emphatically argued that mental illness was to blame for the deadly shooting, saying the man responsible was a high school dropout with no criminal history.

But Abbott also said that the gunman had no documented history of mental health struggles.

Others, including Texas’ Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke, have blamed access to high-powered weapons for the massacre.

Abbott said the shooter used an AR-15 rifle, the gun 60 Minutes has called the “weapon of choice for mass shooters.”

O’Rourke interrupted the press conference Wednesday, yelling at the incumbent governor: “You are doing nothing” before being led from the room by police.

O’Rourke said that Tuesday’s massacre, the deadliest in an American school since the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in 2012, was preventable.

“The moment to stop Uvalde was right after Sandy Hook. After Santa Fe High. After El Paso,” he said on Twitter, referencing the shootings at the Connecticut and Sante Fe schools and El Paso Walmart. “Instead, Abbott made it easier to carry guns in public.”

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