Salvador Ramos Called 'School Shooter' Year Before Uvalde Shooting: Report

Salvador Ramos, who fatally shot 19 students and two teachers at a Uvalde, Texas, elementary school in May, was given the nickname "school shooter" a year before the massacre, according to a new report released Sunday.

Ramos is accused of entering Robb Elementary School on May 24 and opening fire in one of the deadliest school shootings to ever happen in the United States. He was shot and killed by police once they eventually gained entry into the classroom. However, in the wake of the shooting, local law enforcement faced scrutiny for their response after reports alleged they did not immediately enter the school to confront Ramos.

The Texas House committee investigating the shooting released the report detailing the "specific failures and egregious poor decision making" of local and state authorities, as well as those close to Ramos, who may have been able to prevent the fatal tragedy. The full report has been provided to the victims' families.

Ramos nicknamed "school shooter," Uvalde report finds
A new report about the deadly shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, found that suspected shooter Salvador Ramos was given the nickname "school shooter" a year prior. Above, the elementary school's sign is seen on June 17. Brandon Bell/Getty Images

The Warning Signs

The report's findings included that Ramos allegedly displayed warning signs that he might have been plotting an attack, according to The Texas Tribune, which first reported the committee's findings.

The report found that Ramos was given the "school shooter" nickname on social media, where he would make violent threats against others, the Tribune reported. He turned to the internet and became interested in gore and violent sex, sometimes posting photographs and videos of suicides and beheadings.

Investigators outlined alarming behavior that extended offline as well. Ramos was fired from Whataburger after harassing a female employee and began purchasing guns in the months prior to the shooting. After turning 18 on May 16, he purchased two AR-15-style rifles, which were sent to a local gun shop, the Tribune reported. The investigation found that he spent more than $6,000 on firearms and accessories.

The owner of the shop, Oasis Outback, told investigators that he didn't notice any red flags, but other customers described him as "nervous looking" and that he looked "like one of those school shooters."

Despite the alleged alarming behavior, the report found that nobody made any effort to alert authorities about Ramos, the Tribune reported.

Report Details 'Systemic Failures' by Police, School Officials

The report also backed up previous accounts that law enforcement who first responded to the scene did not engage the shooter, which sparked criticism from Uvalde residents. It found that an "atmosphere of chaos" existed among the 376 responding law enforcement officers, with no clear sense of leadership, the Tribune reported.

It also outlined shortcomings with how school officials prepared for a potential shooting. The teacher whose classroom Ramos entered through allegedly reported the door "was not always locking" in March. However, the head custodian told investigators that he was never told about any issues with the door.

Still, the report didn't find any "villains" from anyone other than the shooter.

"There is no one to whom we can attribute malice or ill motives. Instead, we found systemic failures and egregious poor decision making," the report says, CNN reported.