The father of a 10-year-old girl murdered in her Texas classroom on Tuesday has demanded to know why the gunman was able to rampage through the school for 90 minutes until he was shot dead, as it emerged that onlookers urged the police to enter the building – but they did not.
Jacinto Cazares’s daughter Jacklyn was among the 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde shot dead by Salvador Ramos, 18.
The first 911 call was received 90 minutes earlier, at 11:30am, saying a man had emerged from a crashed vehicle with a long rifle and a backpack.
‘There was at least 40 lawmen armed to the teeth but didn’t do a darn thing until it was far too late,’ Cazares told ABC News.
‘The situation could’ve been over quick if they had better tactical training, and we as a community witnessed it firsthand.’
One woman was yelling at the police outside the school, said Juan Carranza, 24, who lives opposite.
He said she was screaming: ‘Go in there! Go in there!’
Carranza said the officers did not go in.
Cazares said he wanted answers from local authorities as to why the shooter was not stopped before or during the attack.
‘I’m a gun owner and I do not blame the weapons used in this tragedy,’ he said.
‘I’m angry how easy it is to get one and young you can be to purchase one.’
Jacinto Cazares, whose 10-year-old daughter Jacklyn was killed in the Uvalde school shooting on Tuesday, is pictured on Wednesday outside the school
Cazares could not hold back tears as he begged for answers from authorities
Jacklyn, 10, was one of 19 children and two teachers murdered by Ramos on Tuesday
Timeline of a massacre: How events unfolded in Uvalde, Texas
11:32am: A mass casualty incident – later discovered to be the shooting – takes place at Robb Elementary School. The school reports it is locked down because of ‘gunshots in the area.’
12.17pm: The school posts a message on social media writing: ‘There is an active shooter at Robb Elementary.’
12.38pm: A reunification site is set up at the Willie DeLeon Civic Center.
1.06pm: The Uvalde Police Department reports the suspect is ‘in police custody.’
2.47pm: Uvalde Memorial Hospital posts an update to Facebook that said it had received ’13 children via ambulance or buses for treatment. Two children have been transferred to San Antonio, and one child is pending transfer. Two individual that arrived at UMH were deceased.’
3pm: Gov. Greg Abbott identifies the suspect as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, saying he abandoned his vehicle and entered the school with a handgun and possibly a rifle. He then confirms that at least 14 students and one teacher were killed.
3:56pm: University Health San Antonio says a 66-year-old woman and a 10-year-old girl are both in critical condition.
4.17pm: Uvalde police confirm the suspected shooter is dead and he is believed to have acted alone.
6.06pm: Vice President Kamala Harris addresses the shooting, calling for ‘reasonable and sensible public policy to ensure something like this never happens again.’
6.25pm: The number of children killed in the massacre jumps to 18 as authorities confirm that the shooter was killed and the shooter’s grandmother is in critical condition.
6.55pm: It is confirmed that the shooter bought two long guns on his 18th birthday.
7.12pm: Chris Olivarez, with the Texas Department of Public Safety, confirms the shooter was swearing body armor and used a long rifle in the shooting.
7.13pm: Fourth-grade teacher Eva Mireles is confirmed to be one of the victims.
7.43pm: President Joe Biden gives televised remarks on the shooting, asking the nation to pray for the victims and their families and saying the nation has to ask: ‘When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby?’
He demanded Congress act on ‘common-sense gun laws’
7.50pm: It is confirmed that an agent with the Border Patrol Tactical Unit, a specialized unit within the US Border Patrol, shot and killed Salvador Ramos.
8.57pm:Death toll increases to 19 children and two teachers killed in the attack.
The massacre is the worst school shooting in the United States since Sandy Hook in 2012, when 20 children and six teachers were killed.
Ramos on Tuesday first shot his 66-year-old grandmother Cecilia Gonzalez in the face, leaving her severely injured, before stealing her pickup truck and driving towards the school.
Unable to drive, he crashed into a ditch and then ran to the school on foot, where he was met by an armed security guard.
Yet he was still able to enter the school and kill 21 people – and was not stopped until around 1pm, when a Border Patrol agent backed up by a tactical team shot him dead.
One of those involved in training schools how to deal with an active shooter lost his wife in Tuesday’s tragedy.
Ruben Ruiz, 43, a veteran detective and SWAT team member, works as a police officer for the school district, and on March 22 held an active shooter drill at the school.
His wife Eva Mireles, 44, was one of the two teachers killed by Ramos on Tuesday.
Uvalde, home to 16,000 people, is 80 miles west of San Antonio.
Steve McCraw, director of the Texas department of public safety (DPS), said on Wednesday that a ‘brave’ school resource officer ‘approached him’ and ‘engaged him’ – but added that ‘gunfire was not exchanged.’
He did not explain why.
The New York Times reported that their sources said at least one armed law enforcement officer from the Uvalde school district was at the school, and that officer exchanged gunfire with the gunman, but the gunman was able to get past.
Ramos was carrying an AR-type rifle, which he had bought the week before, on turning 18.
He purchased one of the rifles on May 17, and the following day he bought 375 rounds of 5.56mm ammunition. Ramos purchased another rifle on May 20, and posted pictures of the guns on Instagram.
He was also wearing ‘a tactical vest carrier with no ballistic panels,’ said Lt. Chris Olivarez, the DPS’s spokesperson.
Ramos then made it into the school, running down a hallway to two adjoining classrooms.
He barricaded himself inside the fourth grade classroom run by teachers Irma Garcia, 46, and Mireles.
‘And that’s where the carnage began,’ McCraw said.
All of the 19 children who died were inside the one classroom.
Officers were unable to enter it, The New York Times said.
Olivarez said some of the officers were shot by the gunman, so others began breaking windows around the school trying to evacuate children and teachers.
Ramos remained there until a tactical unit from the Border Patrol killed the gunman, shortly after 1pm, according to state police reports.
Olivarez said ‘tactical law enforcement’ forced their way into the classroom, where ‘they were met with gunfire as well, but they were able to shoot and kill that suspect.’
The unnamed agent who shot and killed Ramos is believed to be from the Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC), which has specialized agents dispersed throughout the United States.
The BORTAC agent, whose identity has not yet been revealed, rushed into the school without waiting for backup.
Ramos was behind a barricade, returning fire, but the border patrol agent managed to shoot and kill the gunman before he could claim more victims.
Salvador Ramos legally purchased two AR-15 style rifles (right) including the one he used in yesterday’s attack after his 18th birthday last week. The gunman also bought more than 300 rounds of ammunition
Veering wildly off the road, Ramos crashed a Ford F-150 pickup truck into a culvert behind the elementary school
Ramos crashed his truck into a ditch before entering the school. Cops found one of his AR-15 guns inside the vehicle, and he had also dumped a bag (circled) nearby. At the entrance of the school, they found his backpack which contained ammunition
One video at the scene appears to show Ramos approach the school while what sounds like gunfire is going off in the background. Police exchanged gunfire with Ramos but were unable to stop him from storming the school
Savador Ramos first shot his grandmother at her house, before driving half a mile to Robb Elementary and crashing a truck outside the school. He stormed the building and killed 21 before he was shot dead
‘They came in from opposite sides. The BORTAC agent ended up exchanging gunfire with the shooter, killed the shooter, and I am told that the agent was injured in his leg,’ Olivarez told Fox News .
‘They are trying to figure out if he was shot in the leg or hit by shrapnel.’
BORTAC is headquartered in El Paso, Texas, and the U.S.-Mexico border is only 80 miles away – explaining the presence of the agent from the unusual tactical unit.
The unit is unique in that it conducts training and operations both in the United States and in other countries ‘in furtherance of the US Border Patrol’s mission’, according to CBP.
Multiple teams of Border Patrol agents raced to the school, according to Jason Owens, a top regional official with the Border Patrol.
A number of the shooting victims are children of Customs and Border Protection agents.
‘It hit home for everybody,’ said Owens.
McCraw praised the officers and denied there had been a failure – emphasizing that the arriving officers ‘engaged him’ and were able to ‘keep him pinned down in that location.’
Asked about the delay, he replied: ‘Obviously, this is situation we failed in the sense that we didn’t prevent this mass attack.
‘But I can tell you those officers that arrived on the scene and put their lives in danger — they saved other kids.
‘They kept him pinned down.’
He said the team was ‘very proud’ of that.
Victims of Uvalde school shooting
The shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas left 19 students and two teachers dead. Here are the victims that have been identified so far:
Fourth grader Alithia Ramirez (at left) was confirmed dead early Wednesday by her father, Ryan Ramirez, who shared a post to Facebook showing the 10-year-old with angel’s wings. He had used the same photo the previous day as he pleaded for help finding her after the massacre. Jaliah Nicole Silguero (at right) was also confirmed as one of the victims early Wednesday, with her mother Veronica Luevanos also sharing a memorial post saying saying she was ‘heartbroken’ over the loss
Jayce Carmelo Luevanos (at left), who appears to be Jaliah’s cousin based on posts shared by the family, was confirmed as one of the dead Wednesday by his aunt. ‘Still can’t believe that we’re never gonna see you again,’ she wrote on Facebook. Amerie Jo Garza (pictured at right with her father, Angel Garza) was confirmed dead by her dad Wednesday. The grieving parent captioned the post: ‘My little love is now flying high with the angels above’
Uziyah Garcia, nine, (left) and Makenna Elrod, 10, (right) were both confirmed dead by loved ones on Facebook
Xavier Lopez, 10, (left) and Eliahana Torres, 10, (right) was also killed at the school shooting on Tuesday
Ellie Lugo (left) and Nevaeh Bravo (right) were also killed. Ellie was reported as missing for several hours before her parents confirmed her death
Annabelle Guadalupe Rodriguez, 10, and Rogelio Torres, right, were also killed
Irma Garcia (left) and Eva Mireles (right), who co-taught fourth grade, were both shot and killed at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday
Greg Abbott, the governor of Texas, also heaped praise on the law enforcement officials.
‘The reason it was not worse is because law enforcement officials did what they do,’ Abbott said on Wednesday.
‘They showed amazing courage by running toward gunfire for the singular purpose of trying to save lives.
‘They were able to save lives. Unfortunately, not enough.’
Meanwhile, a depressingly familiar picture was emerging of the gunman, who was described by friends, colleagues and relatives as a troubled loner with anger issues.
His mother, Adriana Reyes, 39, told DailyMail.com on Wednesday her son ‘wasn’t a violent person’.
Reyes said she was ‘surprised’ he opened fire, but admitted her son was someone who ‘kept to himself and didn’t have many friends’.
Adriana Reyes said she was ‘surprised’ by Salvador Ramos opening fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde
Ramos grew up in Hood Street before moving to his grandmother’s house some months ago, neighbors claimed
She denied that they had a poor relationship, but would not address claims she was a drug addict, whose son ditched her to live with his grandmother.
‘My son wasn’t a violent person. I’m surprised by what he did,’ she told DailyMail.com – speaking from her mother’s bedside in San Antonio.
Ramos, 18, shot his grandmother before going to Robb Elementary School in Uvalde; engaging border patrol agents nearby in a shootout; and then barricading himself inside the school, killing 19 students and two teachers
She said her mother ‘with her left hand, was able to hold my hand,’ adding that she cannot smile but knows she is there.
She said doctors do not know what her mother’s prognosis is.
‘I pray for those families. I’m praying for all of those innocent children, yes I am. They [the children] had no part in this.’
She continued: ‘I had a good relationship with him. He kept to himself; he didn’t have many friends.’
She said the last time she spoke with him was last Monday, on his birthday, adding: ‘I had a card and a Snoopy stuffed animal to give to him.’
Ramos is the son of Reyes and Salvador Ramos, 42 – both of whom have a criminal history, DailyMail.com can confirm.
Salvador Sr. has a criminal history going back to 2000, when a Texas Court report shows he was sentenced to 180 days in jail for an unspecified misdemeanor, and was ordered to pay $875 at Uvalde County Court.
Ramos’ last known address, his grandmother’s residence, is seen taped off by police as they carry out searches
Ramos grew up on Hood Street (pictured), in a no-frills working class neighborhood, where homes are dotted along avenues more akin to dirt tracks, and where more than a third live at or barely above the federal poverty line.
He then committed another misdemeanor just one month later and was ordered to pay another $375.
Two years later, on July 29, 2002 he was again arrested – this time for an assault that causes bodily injury against a family member, according to public records.
He was again sent to prison for 180 days.
In 2005, he faced another misdemeanor charge and was sentenced to a maximum of 30 days in prison, and by April 2011, Ramos again faced charges – this time for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and possession of marijuana, and faced a maximum of two years in prison.
It is unclear what Salvador Sr’s relationship was with his son, though he lived nearby.
Salvador’s mother, meanwhile, was arrested in June 2003 for property theft of less than $500. It is unclear how long she served for that offense.
She was also arrested on misdemeanor charges in 2005 – though it is unclear what precipitated that arrest.
Neighbors said the younger Salvador Ramos’ relationship with his mother was strained.
Ramos’ neighbor Ruben Flores, 41, said the shooter and his mother would often have screaming matches, with police being called to the home on multiple occasions.
Ramos was shot dead after his shooting spree left 19 children and two teachers dead as well as his grandmother Celia Gonzalez (pictured) fighting for her life after he shot her in the face
UVALDE SHOOTING VICTIMS NAMED SO FAR:
- Irma Garcia, 46 – fourth grade teacher
- Eva Mireles, 44 – fourth grade teacher
- Amerie Jo Garza, 10
- Uziyah Garcia, 8
- Makenna Elrod, 10
- Xavier Lopez, 10
- Eliahana Torres, 10
- Ellie Lugo, 10
- Nevaeh Bravo
- Tess Marie Mata
- Rojelio Torres, 10
- Jayce Carmelo Luevanos, 10
- Jailah Nicole Silguero, 10
- Alithia Ramirez, 10
- Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez, 10
- Miranda Mathis, 11
- Alexandria ‘Lexi’ Aniyah Rubio, 10
- Maite Yuleana
- Jose Flores Jr, 10
In since deleted Instagram videos, Ramos had allegedly filmed his mother interacting with police.
Classmate Nadia Reyes claimed: ‘He’d call his mom a b***h and say she wanted to kick him out… He’d be screaming and talking to his mom really aggressively.’
Flores, meanwhile, told the Washington Post how he had tried to be a father figure to Ramos but that the situation at home only worsened as he got older.
Jeremiah Munoz, an alumnus from the local high school who used to play Xbox games with Ramos, also told the New York Times he would often hear him arguing with his mother through the microphone – and his mother would scream back at him, telling him he needed to go to school and he was doing nothing with his life.
Munoz said Ramos would often leave his mother’s house and stay with his grandmother for several days after a big fight – and over the past year he has been spending more and more time with his grandmother.
Ramos’s mother’s boyfriend, Manuel Alvarez, told DailyMail.com he still often stayed in his room on Hood Street, where he would repeatedly hit a punching bag by himself.
Speaking from the front porch of the three-bedroom house at the end of the dirt road, he said: ‘Salvador was a loner.’
He added: ‘He didn’t have many friends. Occasionally a ‘friend’ came over,’ he continued, but noted the last time he saw he saw a friend over at the house was about six months ago.
Alvarez, 62, told DailyMail.com that he is shocked by Ramos’s actions.
‘I never expected him to do what he did. He’s quiet and kept to himself most of the time. I really only had a handful of conversations with him,’ Alvarez said.
‘He stayed to himself; I really didn’t have a relationship with him. He didn’t talk much, he was a loner.’
Manuel Alvarez, 62, the boyfriend of Salvador’s mother, Adriana, spoke exclusively with DailyMail.com
He said his bedroom was unassuming, containing only a punch bag he liked hitting, a TV and a bed.
Alvarez told the DailyMail.com that Ramos wasn’t allowed to let anyone in the house, and noted that about two months ago Ramos and his mother got into an argument over the wi-fi issue.
‘I’m not exactly sure what it was about, I stay out of it,’ Alvarez said.
Following the argument, Alvarez said, Ramos packed his belongings and moved in with his grandmother, Celia Gonzalez, a few miles away.
The last time Alvarez said he saw Ramos was a week ago when he stopped by their house to pick up some pizza.
‘He was on good terms with his mother as far as I know,’ he said.
Gonzalez was reportedly in the process of evicting the mother over her drug use in the days before Tuesday’s killing spree.
On the morning of the shooting, one neighbor told local news channel Newsy that he witnessed Ramos arguing with his grandmother, claiming he was ‘angry that he did not graduate’.
His former colleagues at Uvalde High School – which he had dropped out of – graduated on Monday.
Other reports said Ramos and Gonzalez were fighting about a cellphone bill, although it was described as a ‘minor argument’.
His grandfather, Ronaldo Reyes, 72, said that the teenager lived in a front room and slept on a mattress on the floor.
Reyes told ABC News he had no idea his grandson purchased two AR-15s nor that he kept them in the house.
Under a new Texas law passed in September, those aged 18-21 could buy guns if they had a protective order, because they were at risk of family violence, stalking, prostitution or sex trafficking.
The law also removed the requirement for a permit for a handgun. Rifles were already permitted in Texas without licenses.
Reyes, a convicted felon, is not allowed to have guns inside his home, he said, and if he knew Ramos was keeping weapons there he said he would have turned in his grandson.
‘I hate when I see the news, all those people that get shot, I’m against all that,’ Reyes said.
‘I say, ‘Why do they let these people buy guns and all that? Those stupid – whatever they shoot.”
Reyes said he did not think his grandson was dangerous, noting that he had tried to encourage his grandson to attend school, but he would just shrug in response.
‘These kids these days think they know everything,’ he said.
The unnamed agent who shot and killed Ramos is believed to be from the Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC), which has specialized agents dispersed throughout the United States
In this aerial view, law enforcement works on scene at Robb Elementary School where 21 people were killed
The agent who ended Tuesday’s school massacre by shooting and killing the Robb Elementary school gunman is reported to be part of an ‘elite’ CBP tactical unit. Law enforcement personnel are pictured at the scene of the shooting
The unnamed agent who shot and killed Ramos is believed to be from the Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC), which has specialized agents dispersed throughout the United States
Law enforcement work the scene after a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School. The gunman, identified as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, was killed by law enforcement
At school, Ramos was a bullied loner, picked on because of a lisp, a habit of wearing eyeliner, his clothes and because he came from a poor family.
Santos Valdez told the Washington Post that he used to be friends with Ramos and played online shooter games such as Fortnite and Call of Duty with him, until the pair stopped talking as Ramos’s behavior ‘deteriorated.’
Valdez said Ramos had showed up to the park one time with cuts all over his face, initially claiming he was scratched by a cat before admitting that he did it to himself with a knife.
Stephen Garcia, who considered himself Ramos’s best friend in eighth grade, said he was ‘bullied by a lot of people’ including for over a photo of himself wearing eyeliner which led to ‘gay’ taunts.
Garcia said Ramos dropped out of school when he moved away to another part of the state, and the two had lost touch.
Others confirmed that Ramos had stopped attending classes, and did not intend to take part in graduation this summer.
Instead, he got a job at a local Wendy’s restaurant.
A colleague there described Ramos has having an aggressive streak.
She told the Daily Beast he walked around with a pair of boxing gloves at the park, asking people to fight him and filming it.
He had recently gotten a job at the local Wendy’s (pictured), where co-workers say he sent inappropriate text messages to his female colleagues
He also menaced co-workers, asking one of the cooks: ‘Do you know who I am?’
‘He would be very rude towards the girls sometimes… and he would also send inappropriate texts to the ladies,’ the former colleague said, asking for her name not to be used.
Jocelyn Rodriguez, 19, a Wendy’s employee, told The New York Times that when she heard Ramos was the shooter, she was initially shocked, but then less surprised.
She knew him to have a bad temper and to snap at people.
He said he had a tendency to pick fights with co-workers, and would often talk about how much he hated his mother and grandmother, whom he told her did not let him smoke weed or do what he wanted.
Earlier this month, he started picking fights with co-workers again and bragging about quitting his job, saying he no longer needed the money.
He told her and others that he was going to ‘act out’ in a big way and they would all hear about it, she said.
‘He wanted to cause trouble,’ she said.
‘He wanted to cause destruction.’