Salvador Ramos asked Cousin for details about the school before the Texas shooting

Salvador Ramos, who allegedly shot dead 19 students and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday, asked his second cousin for details about the school a week earlier.

Ramos opened fire at Robb Elementary School in one of the deadliest school shootings in recent years. In the aftermath, many people have raised questions about what could have been done to prevent the shooting — with people looking back at possible red flags, assessing law enforcement’s response or considering gun policy changes.

Ramo’s cousin, Shelby Celeste Salazar, related this Daily Mail In an interview on Friday, just days before the shooting, Ramos reached out to her son, a third grader at the school, to ask when the students would be released for lunch.

But at the time, she didn’t think too much about the question, she said.

Ramos asked second cousin about school details
Salvador Ramos reportedly asked his second cousin for details about Robb Elementary School a week before he opened fire on the school, killing 19 students and two teachers. Above, a memorial outside the school in Uvalde, Texas on Friday.
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“I didn’t think anything of it when they talked about school and his grades and lunch. I mean, you don’t just assume someone’s going to do something like that, you know?” she said.

A week later, Salazar’s son was in class when Ramos opened fire but suffered no injuries, she said.

“I don’t know why he would have targeted an elementary school. I mean, he couldn’t drive, so I really don’t know. I’m at a loss for words,” she said. “He knew my baby went to school there. I can’t believe this…I just saw the news texting and I started freaking out.”

Salazar and her children lived with Ramos and his grandmother, Celia Gonzales, who Ramos allegedly shot before he went to school, she said Daily Mail. She said he was previously thrown out of his mother’s home.

Gonzales has been recovering from the shooting at a local hospital since Tuesday. Ramos was shot dead by the police who managed to break into the classroom.

After the shooting, some of Ramos’ relatives spoke out. His mother, Adriana Reyes, said she was “surprised” by the shooting and that the two had a good relationship even though he lives with his grandmother.

“My son was not a violent person. I’m surprised by what he’s done,” she said Daily Mail. “I pray for these families. I’m praying for all these innocent children, yes I am. she [the children] had no part in it.”

Attention also turned to the reaction of local law enforcement, who authorities said did not deal with Ramos over fears of being shot, prompting widespread criticism that they had not done enough to protect him prevent him from shooting his victims. Salvador Ramos asked Cousin for details about the school before the Texas shooting

Rick Schindler

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