The 18-year-old man who murdered 19 children, two teachers and injured 17 others at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas Tuesday was known to the police for violent incidents with his family members. From The Washington Post:
Two months ago, he posted an Instagram story in which he screamed at his mother, who he said was trying to kick him out of their home, said Nadia Reyes, a high school classmate.
“He posted videos on his Instagram where the cops were there and he’d call his mom a b---- and say she wanted to kick him out,” Reyes said. “He’d be screaming and talking to his mom really aggressively.”
Ruben Flores, 41, said he lived next door to the family on Hood Street and tried to be a kind of father figure to Ramos, who had “a pretty rough life with his mom.”
As he grew older, problems at home became more acute and more apparent to neighbors, Flores said. He described seeing police at the house and witnessing blowups between Ramos and his mother.
Multiple people familiar with the family, including Flores, said Ramos’s mother used drugs, which contributed to the upheaval in the home. Ramos’s mother could not be reached for comment.
Before entering the school, the killer shot his grandmother in the face. She is being treated at a local hospital and remains in stable but critical condition. The killer was also known for cutting his face, shooting at people with a BB gun and being a loner. He is from North Dakota where he reportedly had a number of family issues.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott will give an update on the situation Wednesday afternoon.