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Full Texas shooting timeline – everything we know about the school shooter’s horrific shooting spree

Salvador Ramos legally bought two AR-15 assault rifles after turning 18 last week before killing 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas

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Texas Shootout: Moment shooter enters Robb Elementary School

A teenage gunman butchered 19 children and two teachers in a bloody rampage at a US school yesterday.

Salvador Ramos shot his own grandmother before going to nearby Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, where he massacred innocent staff and children between the ages of nine and eleven.

The 18-year-old, dressed in body armor and armed with an AR-15, began the killing spree after barricading himself in a fourth-grade classroom.

He was eventually killed by a police tactical unit.

It was the deadliest school shooting since the eerily similar Sandy Hook massacre almost a decade ago, in which 20-year-old Adam Lanza first killed his mother before killing 26 people.

The incident has shocked the world and prompted renewed calls for a review of gun laws.

Here is a timeline of what happened







Salvador Ramos, 18, has been described as a troubled loner
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He saved thousands of dollars to buy two guns after turning 18
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Buy guns and ammo

Ramos had saved almost £3,000 to buy two AR-15 guns – one on May 17 and the other three days later – after turning 18 last week.

On May 18, Ramos also bought hundreds of rounds of ammunition, Texas State Senator John Whitmire revealed.

The suspect dropped a backpack containing several magazines full of ammunition near the school entrance during his attack, the senator added.







Ramos has posted pictures of his two guns on social media
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He hinted at the attacks in an exchange with a stranger he’d tagged
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Share photos on Instagram

The teenager posted the pictures of the guns four days before his horror gun rampage.

In one photo, he tagged a woman who has since said she has no idea who he is and tried to strike up a conversation.

During a series of messages, he reveals that he has “a secret” that he wanted to share.

His last message to her is: “I’m air out”.







Ramos had an exchange with a stranger after tagging her in a photo of his guns
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Afterwards she said she didn’t know him and regretted that she couldn’t do more
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Facebook Alerts

Up to 30 minutes before he opened fire on the school, Ramos wrote three posts on his Facebook page warning of the attack.

First post “I will shoot my grandmother”, second post “I will shoot my grandmother”, third post “I will shoot an elementary school”.

Shoot grandmother and smash trucks

On the morning of the massacre, the gunman shot his grandmother in the face after an argument at her home after failing to graduate from high school.

He had moved in with his grandparents after some heated arguments with his drug-addicted mother and was known to the police.

Ramos’ grandmother remains in the hospital fighting for her life.

The shooter crashed his car into a ditch on his way to school.







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Come to school

The gunman fired with Border Patrol officers who had manned a nearby post and heard gunfire before leaving the school around 11.30am.

CNN reporter Natasha Bertrand said Ramos “was hired by law enforcement but still made his way to school and shot from classroom to classroom” before barricading himself in a fourth-grade classroom.

The Austin American-Statesman added that Ramos “overpowered a school officer.”






Ramos entered the school and barricaded himself in a classroom where he opened fire

The school announces a lockdown

At 11:43 am, Robb Elementary posted on Facebook that the campus was on lockdown “due to gunfire in the area.”

“Students and staff are safe in the building. The building is safe in a lockdown state,” said Anne Marie Espinoza, the school district’s director of communications and marketing.

“Your cooperation is required at this time by not visiting campus. As soon as the lockdown status is lifted, you will be notified.”







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School confirms active shooter

Shortly after the lockdown announcement, the school confirmed there was one active shooter.

“The law enforcement authorities are on site,” it said on Facebook.

“Your cooperation is required at this time by not visiting campus. As more information is gathered, it will be shared.

“The rest of the district has a secure status.”







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Killed by the police

According to DPS spokesman Lt. Chris Olivarez, officers smashed windows around the school to get the children and staff out of harm’s way before breaking into the same classroom as the shooter.

At least one officer was injured in the confrontation when Ramos fired shots.

Then he was shot himself.







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Parents wait for hours

Families were kept away from the school for hours while staff tried to be accountable for each student.

Well into Tuesday night, parents were slowly being reunited with their children at the Willie de Leon Civic Center.

Those who haven’t heard the news have been asked for DNA swabs to match with the bodies investigators were trying to identify.

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Biden demands laws

President Joe Biden has asked Congress to pass a gun safety law.

“We know that sensible gun laws cannot and will not prevent every tragedy,” he said.

“But we know that they work and have a positive impact. When we passed the ban on assault weapons, the mass shootings went down. When the law expired, mass shootings tripled.”

Despite the crisis, politicians are expected to go on hiatus on Thursday and not return until next week to discuss possible gun law reforms.

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