A clearer chronology of the mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas is emerging.
On Tuesday afternoon, a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School. Authorities say Salvador Ramos, 18, started the rampage by shooting his 66-year-old grandmother, Cecilia Martinez Gonzalez, in the face in her home in Uvalde before arriving at school.
The motive for the attack remains unclear, officials said.
Here’s what we know:
11 in the morning In a series of private messages on Facebook, Ramos announces his deadly intentions, officials said. “The first post was at the point where he said, ‘I’m going to shoot my grandmother,’” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said during a briefing on Wednesday. “The second post was, ‘I shot my grandmother,’” Abbott said. Texas Department of Public Safety authorities say Ramos shot Gonzalez in the face at the Diaz Street house where he lived with her before fleeing.
11:15 Then he sends another message on Facebook stating, “I’m going to shoot an elementary school”.
11:30 Police receive a report from a man who crashed his truck into a concrete ditch near Robb Elementary School. A school resource officer engages with the gunman, who was carrying a rifle.
11:32 Officers and Ramos exchange gunshots outside the school. Then he enters a back door and makes his way down a series of short corridors before entering a classroom. Once inside a classroom, he was connected to other classrooms and eventually walked into one full of students. Inside, he opens fire, killing 19 students and two teachers. “He was able to barricade himself inside the courtroom,” the lieutenant said. Christopher Olivarez, a spokesperson for the Texas Department of Public Safety, told the Times. “We are still trying to confirm the motive, what triggered it.”
11:43 Robb Elementary School announces lockdown. The Uvalde Police Department shares the information on Facebook. Border patrol agents and other officers converge in that class, where a border patrol officer kills Ramos.
12:17 Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Announces Shooting On Social Media: “There is an active shooter at Robb Elementary. The police are present on the spot. Your cooperation is required at this time by not visiting the campus. As soon as more information is collected, it will be shared. The rest of the district is in a safe state. “
12:23 Robb Elementary School parents are told to pick up the children from Sgt. Willie de Leon Civic Center.
13:06 The Uvalde Police Department reports that the suspect is “in police custody”.
- According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Ramos legally purchased two AR-platform rifles on two separate dates this month: May 17 and May 20.
- One of the rifles was left in the crashed truck. The other, a Daniel Defense, was found inside the school with the suspect’s body.
- On May 18, Ramos purchased 375 rounds of 5.56 rounds of ammunition, authorities said.
- Ramos appears to have dropped a backpack with several magazines full of ammunition near the school entrance. Inside the school, officials found at least seven 30-round magazines.