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Who is the Texas school shooter? What we know

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Authorities identified Salvador Ramos as the shooter who opened fire in Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday. The 18-year-old shot and killed at least 19 students and two teachers, Fox News confirmed.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott identified Ramos as the shooter and said the Uvalde local entered the school grounds and proceeded to open fire. Abbott also said the shooter is dead and is believed to have acted alone.

Image of Salvador Ramos

Image of Salvador Ramos ( )

Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin told Fox News that during the shooting, Ramos became barricaded inside the elementary school. An agent with the Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC), is believed to have shot and killed the suspected gunman. Two officers were shot and wounded on scene but were expected to survive.

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Ramos allegedly posted disturbing images online before the shooting, and apparently messaged a woman about his plans before he carried out the deadly attack.

Screenshot taken of Instagram account allegedly connected to suspected Uvalde, Texas school shooter Salvador Ramos.

Screenshot taken of Instagram account allegedly connected to suspected Uvalde, Texas school shooter Salvador Ramos.

An Instagram account allegedly connected to Ramos featured disturbing photos, including one showing a high-capacity magazine. The Instagram account has since been taken down.

The same account allegedly sent alarming messages to a woman before the deadly attack. The first message, sent on May 12, asked, "You gonna repost my gun pics?" The woman was tagged in photos showing guns.

The woman continued to message the account allegedly connected to Ramos even though she said she did not know him. 

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In one message, she described the exchange as "scary." She then continued, "I barely know you and u tag me in a picture with some guns."

The account sent a final message to the woman on Tuesday morning: "Ima air out."

Following the attack, the woman posted that she did not know the alleged shooter and that she does not live in Texas. She said she only corresponded with the account because she was afraid. She then expressed sympathy for the victims and their families.

Law enforcement personnel stand outside Robb Elementary School following a shooting, Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas.

Law enforcement personnel stand outside Robb Elementary School following a shooting, Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

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Tuesday's shooting marked the deadliest shooting at an elementary school since Sandy Hook in 2012, where then 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot and killed 26 people at the Newtown, Connecticut school. 20 of the victims were children aged six and seven. 

It also occurred 10 days after a mass shooting at a Tops supermarket in Buffalo, New York, claimed 10 lives.


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