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Texas School Shooting: Timeline of What Happened During Massacre

Texas School Shooting: Timeline of What Happened During Massacre

Texas Governor Greg Abbott gave a news conference Tuesday about the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, which killed 19 students and two teachers.

Here is the timeline (in daylight) of the events leading up to, and on the day of, the Uvalde shooting on Tuesday.

20th of March

Salvador Ramos, 18, is moving in with his grandmother Celia, 66, according to Texas Department of Public Safety director Steve McCraw.

May 16

According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, this is Ramos’ 18th birthday.

May 17

Ramos visits Oasis Outback, where he buys a semi-automatic rifle, McGraw said.

May 18

Ramos will buy 375 ammunition for his new rifle, Mr McGraw added.

May 20th

Ramos buys another semi-automatic rifle from Oasis Outback.

An exterior view of Oasis Outback, the store where a gunman who killed 19 children and bought two teachers at Robb Elementary School his guns, in Uvalde, Texas, US, May 25, 2022


The Day of the Shooting – May 24


An account on Instagram that authorities believe is related to Ramos sent another user on the platform a photo of a firearm on a bed, according to ABC News.

11 hours

Ramos reportedly sent three messages on Facebook that parent company Meta said were one-to-one messages. One of the messages, to an unknown person, said he planned to shoot his grandmother.

11:21 am

A 15-year-old girl from Germany told: The New York Times that Ramos texted her just before the shooting that read, “I’m going to shoot an elementary school.”

The teen, who is only known as Cece, told the paper she received the message right after another at 11:21 am, in which the suspect texted her, “I just shot my grandmother in the head.”

She said she met Ramos several weeks ago on the Yubo live streaming app, and that earlier in the month he sent her a video message from a gun store, where he said he bought an AR-15 rifle.

Cece says she didn’t raise the alarm, but when news of the massacre broke, a friend in the US was instructed to contact authorities on her behalf.

Ramos started arguing with his grandmother before 11:30 am at one point. Ramos lived with his grandmother after being placed in her home due to ongoing conflicts he had with his mother.

The argument was reportedly about Ramos failing to graduate from high school. He then shot his grandmother in the face, before writing in another one-on-one message: “I just shot my grandmother”.

The 66-year-old woman managed to run across the street and call the police. She was taken to hospital by helicopter and remains in critical condition, Mr McGraw said.

The home of the suspected gunman, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, was cordoned off with police tape on May 24, 2022 in Uvalde, Texas.

(Getty images)

He then wrote that he planned to attack an elementary school but did not specify which one, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said at a news conference.

Ramos grabbed his grandmother’s car and crashed it into a ditch near Robb Elementary School. Someone who heard the accident called 911 to report the accident.

Just then, Ramos wandered around the school with his rifle, a chilling scene captured on video.

A police vehicle is parked near a truck believed to belong to the suspect in a Robb Elementary School shooting after a shooting, in Uvalde, Texas, USA May 24, 2022


11:32 am – Shooting starts

A police officer from the Uvalde Independent School District was shot by Ramos when he tried to confront him as he walked to the school, Mr McGraw said.

A few police officers arrived at the scene and confronted Ramos, who shot and wounded them. Those officers backfired as Ramos ran into the school through a back door.

Ramos then barricaded himself in a classroom and started shooting students and teachers. In all, he killed 19 students, all from the same fourth-grade classroom, and two teachers. The school was locked.

11:43 am – ‘Gunshots in the area’

Robb Elementary School writes on Facebook that the campus is closed “because of gunfire in the area”.

12.17pm – Shooting reported

The Uvalde school district began posting messages on social media warning that there was an active gunman on the primary campus and that police had arrived.

“Your cooperation is needed at the moment by not visiting the campus. Once more information is collected, it will be shared. The rest of the district is in secured status,” the message read.

12.30pm – ‘Additional firefighters must respond’

The Uvalde Fire Department says “additional firefighters need to respond to Mill Street to set up a perimeter to assist Uvalde EMS and Uvalde PD”.

12.38 pm – School establishes reunion site

Uvalde’s school district announces it is setting up a reunion site at the Willie DeLeon Civic Center to pick up their children.

13:06 – Suspect killed

The suspect was reportedly “in custody”, although it would later be revealed that Ramos had been murdered.

2:47 pm – Children have been taken to hospital

Flowers and candles will be placed outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, Wednesday, May 25, 2022, to honor the victims who died in Tuesday’s school shooting.


Uvalde Memorial Hospital confirms in a Facebook post that 13 children arrived for treatment in ambulances and buses. It was unclear at the time whether the children had been injured in the shooting, but it was later confirmed that they had died.

A short time later, the hospital confirmed that two of the children who had arrived at the hospital had died on arrival. University Health at San Antonio also received injured children and an adult from the school.

3 p.m. – Texas Governor Greg Abbott holds press conference

Mr Abbott gave a press conference in which he named the gunman as Ramos. He explained that Ramos had left his car and entered Robb Elementary School with a handgun and possibly a rifle. Mr Abbott went on to confirm that at least 14 students and one teacher were murdered. He said two responding officers were also injured.

4:16 p.m. – Joe Biden briefed, police hold press conference

Joe Biden was informed about the shooting and Uvalde police held a press conference. During the press conference, police confirmed that Ramos had been murdered and that they believed he had acted alone.

5:45 p.m. to 6:06 p.m. – Biden speaks with Abbott, comments from Kamala Harris

Biden calls Texas Governor Greg Abbott to offer him federal assistance in response to the shooting. Later, Vice President Kamala Harris made a statement about the shooting.

“Every time a tragedy like this happens, our hearts break, and our broken hearts are nothing compared to the broken hearts of those families,” she said. “And yet, it keeps happening.”

6.25pm ​​- More deaths confirmed

Texas Department of Public Safety officials confirmed that the number of children killed had risen to 18. Police also confirmed that Ramos had been murdered and that his grandmother was in critical condition.

7:43 pm – Biden addresses shooting

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Biden discussed the school shooting in a televised speech.

“There are parents who will never see their child again,” he said. “Losing a child is like having a piece of your soul ripped away. There’s a hollow in your chest and you feel like you’re being sucked into it and can never get out. It’s suffocating. And it’s never quite the same.”

He called on the US to push back against gun lobbyists.

“When the hell are we going to revolt against the gun lobby?” he said. “When the hell are we going to do what we all know in our hearts to do?”

8.57 pm – Death toll rises again

Texas Department of Public Safety officials confirm 19 students and two adults were killed by Ramos. The death toll has remained at 21 since that announcement.


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