The gunman who killed 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Texas sent chilling Facebook messages revealing that he had shot his grandmother and planned to attack a school minutes before the massacre.
Salvador Ramos, 18, used an AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle in the bloodbath Tuesday at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde. He had legally bought two such rifles just days before the attack, soon after his 18th birthday, authorities said.
Just prior to the attack and as he shot his grandmother, Ramos appears to have sending direct messages in real time to a 15-year-old girl from Germany that he had met online, according to CNN.
The girl said that at around 11.01am, Ramos called her and told her that he loved her, and then within 20 minutes shot his grandmother in a dispute over his phone bill.
‘Ima do something to her rn [right now]’ wrote Ramos in a message at 11.10am Texas time. He added a few minutes later: ‘She’s on the phone with AT&T abojt [sic] my phone…It’s annoying’.
At 11.21am he wrote ‘I just shot my grandma in her head’ and added in his final message: ‘Ima go shoot up a elementary school.’
Just 10 minutes later, the first 911 call came in after he crashed his grandmother’s truck outside the nearby school and exchanged gunfire with police as he stormed into the school.