May 27 – The following is the timeline for the shooting on Tuesday at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Authorities say, Salvador Ramos, 18, shot dead 19 children and two teachers after shooting his grandmother in the house where they were staying.
The information comes from a statement from law enforcement and other government officials.
May 17 – Ramos officially buys an automatic rifle for his 18-year-old birthday at a sportswear store in Uvalde.
May 18 – Ramos buys 375 coins from an unknown dealer.
May 19 – Ramos buys a second gun at the same sportswear store.
On May 24, sometime between 11 and 11:15 a.m. CDT – Ramos sends a series of three secret communications messages.
- I will shoot my grandmother.
- I shot my grandmother. (Her grandmother survived the attack with a gunshot wound to the face.)
- I will shoot the elementary school.
11:28 a.m. – Ramos smashes his truck near the school after fleeing the house where he shot his grandmother. He jumped out of the passenger side with a gun and a briefcase. He sees two witnesses at a funeral home across the street and shoots at them. He went straight to Robb Elementary School, climbed the fence of the car park, and started shooting at the school.
11:40 a.m. – The shooter enters the west side of the school, apparently through an unlocked door, and shoots several rounds.
11:44 a.m. – Police officers from several law enforcement agencies began meeting at the school. The gunman fired at the first police officers who responded to the scene. Police backed away and hid behind the suspect.
This time, the shooter enters the classroom and kills the students and teachers inside. Police reportedly heard at least 25 gunshots in the classroom shortly after arriving at the scene.
From 11:40 a.m. to about 12:40 p.m. – Police at the scene are asking for more help, asking for smart teams, special equipment, body armor, accurate shooters, and interviewers.
At about 12:40 p.m. – U.S. intelligence teams Border Patrol arrived, entered the classroom, and killed the suspect.