The grandfather of the teen who opened fire Tuesday at a Texas elementary school, killing 19 children and two teachers, said he had “no idea” his grandson bought two AR-15 rifles.
Rolando Reyes, 72, says he would have called the police about his grandson, Salvador Ramos, 18, if he had known there were firearms in the house.
“I didn’t know he had guns. If I had known, I would have reported it,” said Reyes, who is illegal to live in a home with a firearm due to a previous felony conviction.
Ramos was shot dead by police after killing 19 fourth-grade students and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
The shooter had bought the two guns just after he turned 18 on May 16, along with over three hundred rounds of ammunition.
His grandfather told ABC News that there were no signs anything out of the ordinary would happen on Tuesday.
Despite this, Ramos shot his grandmother in the forehead before stealing her car and driving to the elementary school. Reyes said his grandson didn’t have a driver’s license and couldn’t drive.
On Tuesday, Reyes was out of the house when the teenager shot his wife. A neighbor had to call him to let him know and as he rushed home his grandson had escaped in the car which he later crashed and abandoned.
“The neighbor called me and said she had been shot. When I came here, he said he ran away. It still hasn’t sunk,’ he said.
His grandmother is currently in the hospital, although Reyes believes she will survive.
Reyes said he sometimes takes his grandson to work because he can’t drive himself. He described him as calm but said he didn’t appear violent. Ramos lived with his grandparents for several months after falling out with his mother.
The grandfather also wondered how Ramos would have bought the guns or if he had trained on the guns, noting that someone must have driven him to get them.
Ramos reportedly bought the two AR-15 rifles on May 22, two days before the massacre and six days after his 18th birthday. Both purchases were legal.
Arriving at the elementary school just before noon on Tuesday, he entered a fourth grade classroom and barricaded himself inside before opening fire. Police officers quickly entered the classroom and opened fire on the shooter before shooting and killing him.
Tuesday’s shooting was the deadliest school shooting since the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre that killed 27 people in Newtown, Connecticut. The death toll also surpassed the 17 people killed in 2018 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
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