Who’s Salvador Ramos, killer of 21 people in Texas school? What was his motive?

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Authorities in the US say that 19 pupils and two teachers were brutally killed in a school in Texas on Tuesday. The shooting took place at the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, around 70 miles west of San Antonio. Among those injured are a 66-year-old woman and a 10-year-old girl who are in critical condition at San Antonio’s University Hospital.

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott said that the suspect had a handgun, and possibly a rifle. The suspect, who’s been identified as Salvador Ramos, has been shot dead by officers.

Who’s Salvador Ramos

According to Governor Abbott, Salvador Ramos was an 18-year-old male. He was shot dead by the officer responding to the mass shooting. Ramos reportedly abandoned his vehicle and went into the school armed with a pistol and possibly a rifle.

Ramos is also believed to have shot his grandmother before killing 15 people at the school. Law enforcement officials are investigating whether the suspect’s grandmother was indeed shot.

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Washington Post reported that the Texas shooter ‘was bullied over a childhood speech impediment, suffered from a fraught home life and lashed out violently against peers and strangers recently and over the years.’

According to a report by New York Times, he had had a temper and often talked back to his mother in his younger years.

Since Ramos is dead, it will be difficult for the cops to find the motive behind this inhuman attack.

Deadly May for mass shooting

The month of May has seen some of the worst mass shootings in the Us. On 13 May, 16 people were wounded by gunfire in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Five men were arrested after being treated for gunshot wounds

A day later, 10 people were killed and three wounded in Buffalo, New York, in a racially motivated attack. The shooter was arrested.

On May 15, one person was killed and four were wounded in a shooting at a Taiwanese church in Laguna Woods in California. The same day, two men were killed and three wounded at a shooting in a flea market in Houston, Texas.

Robb Elementary School

Robb Elementary School is based in Uvalde, which is around 133km west of the city of San Antonio, in Texas. It’s a primary school with pupils ranging in age from five to 11. Immediately after the shooting, the school updated its website with a message that read, “Robb Elementary Parents, please do not pick up students at this time. Students need to be accounted for before they are released to your care. You will be notified to pick up students once all are accounted for.”