Salvador Ramos Posted Gun Photos Before Shooting, Instagram Deletes Account

Salvador Ramos, the 18-year-old suspected of killing at least 19 people at a Texas elementary school on Tuesday, posted photos of guns to his now-deleted Instagram account before the shooting.

Ramos, who Texas Governor Greg Abbott said was killed by authorities responding to the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, posted pictures of assault rifles and an ammunition magazine to his Instagram account with the username Salv8dor_, according to screen captures published by Heavy. A source confirmed to Newsweek that Instagram's parent company Meta deleted the account after Abbott identified Ramos as the shooter.

Another Instagram user, who does not live in Texas and did not know the suspected shooter personally, also reportedly shared what appeared to be a message thread between herself and Ramos days before the shooting. The messages may have purportedly hinted at the upcoming shooting, with Ramos telling the user, who he had tagged in a photo of guns, that he had "a lil secret" and plans to "air out."

One of Ramos' Instagram followers sent The Daily Dot messages of the suspected shooter apparently boasting about purchasing an AR-15 assault rifle last week, in addition to what appears to be a receipt for the purchase of a weapon costing $1,870 from gun manufacturer and online retailer Daniel Defense.

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Suspected Texas elementary school shooter Salvador Ramos reportedly posted photos of guns and ammunition to his now-deleted Instagram account prior to Tuesday's mass shooting that left at least 20 people dead. Law enforcement officers are pictured outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24, 2022. Jordan Vonderhaar/Getty

A TikTok account that also used the screen name Salv8dor_ and may to be linked to Ramos was no longer online as of Tuesday night, although it was unclear whether TikTok had deleted the account.

Newsweek reached out to TikTok for comment.

Prior to driving to the elementary school armed with a handgun and possibly a rifle, Ramos allegedly shot his own grandmother. A total of 18 children and two adults were killed at the school, including Ramos.

Ramos reportedly attended Uvalde High School, according to San Antonio news station KSAT. Few other details about the suspected shooter, including a possible motive, were clear as of Tuesday night.

The incident was the most deadly school shooting since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting took place in December 2012. It was also one of 27 school shootings that have taken place in the U.S. during the first half of 2022, according to Education Week.

President Joe Biden called on Americans to turn "pain" caused by the shooting "into action," urging the country to "stand up to the gun lobby" in response to repeated gun violence.

"I am sick and tired of it," Biden said from the White House. "We have to act. Don't tell me we can't have an impact on this carnage... Why do we keep letting this happen? Where in God's name is our backbone to have the courage to deal with and stand up to the lobbies?"

Republican lawmakers largely rejected calls for gun reform, instead calling on the nation to embrace more religion after what they said was "decades of rejecting good moral values."