Salvador Ramos posted gun photos before filming, Instagram deletes account

Salvador Ramos, the 18-year-old suspected of killing at least 19 people at a Texas elementary school on Tuesday, posted photos of guns to his now-deleted Instagram account before the shooting.

Ramos, who Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said was killed by authorities in response to the Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde, posted images of assault rifles and an ammo magazine to his Instagram account, which goes by the username Salv8dor_, as of screenshots published by Heavy. A source confirmed this news week that Instagram’s parent company Meta deleted the account after Abbott identified Ramos as the shooter.

Another Instagram user who doesn’t live in Texas and didn’t know the alleged shooter personally also reportedly shared what appeared to be a message thread between her and Ramos a few days before the shooting. The messages may have allegedly hinted at the impending shooting, with Ramos telling the user, whom he tagged in a photo of guns, that he had “a little secret” and was planning to “air it out.”

One of Ramos’ Instagram followers sent The Daily Dot messages from the alleged gunman, in which he appeared to boast about buying an AR-15 assault rifle last week, alongside what appeared to be a receipt for the £1,870 gun purchase US dollars from weapons manufacturer and online retailer Daniel Defense.

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Alleged Texas elementary school gunman Salvador Ramos reportedly posted photos of guns and ammunition to his now-deleted Instagram account ahead of Tuesday’s mass shooting that killed at least 20 people. Police officers are pictured outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on May 24, 2022.
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A TikTok account, which also used the alias Salv8dor_ and is said to be possibly linked to Ramos, had been offline as of Tuesday night, although it was unclear whether TikTok had deleted the account.

news week asked TikTok for a comment.

Before driving to the elementary school armed with a pistol and possibly a rifle, Ramos is said to have shot and killed his own grandmother. A total of 18 children and two adults were killed at the school, including Ramos.

According to San Antonio news station KSAT, Ramos reportedly attended Uvalde High School. Few other details about the alleged shooter, including a possible motive, were clear Tuesday night.

The incident was the deadliest school shooting since the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in December 2012. It was also one of 27 school shootings to have occurred in the United States during the first half of 2022, according to Education Week.

President Joe Biden urged Americans to “act on pain” caused by the shooting and urged the country to “stand against the gun lobby” in response to repeated gun violence.

“I’m fed up and sick of it,” Biden said from the White House. “We have to take action. Don’t tell me we can’t control this slaughter… Why do we keep letting this happen? Where in God’s name is our backbone to have the courage to deal with this and stand up against the lobbies?”

Republican lawmakers largely dismissed calls for gun reform, instead urging the nation to embrace more religion after “decades of rejecting good moral values.” Salvador Ramos posted gun photos before filming, Instagram deletes account

Rick Schindler

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