More red flags and dropped balls are being reported in the latest deadly mass school shooting in America.
Texas Congressman Tony Gonzales is claiming that the latest gunman to shoot up a school was arrested four years ago for threatening to shoot up a school when he turned 18 in 2022.
Salvador Ramos, 18, kept to his word and shot and killed 19 children and two adults at an elementary school before being killed by police in Uvalde, Texas this week.
He bought the AR-15 rifle on his 18th birthday.
#Breaking Representative Tony Gonzales just said that last night he learned the gunman behind Tuesday’s shooting at Robb Elementary School in #Uvalde, Texas, was arrested four years ago for threatening to shoot up a school.
— KSAT Max Massey (@MaxMasseyTV) May 27, 2022
Gonzales, whose congressional district includes Uvalde, Texas, told Fox News that “the shooter was arrested four years ago for saying, ‘when I’m a senior in 2022, I am going to shoot up a school.’”
“Something fell between the cracks between then and now to allow this to happen. We need to shake out all the facts. We need to figure out what happened. Where the holes and we need to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” he said. “But if law enforcement, you know, identified him four years ago as a threat, we need to figure out why he wasn’t – you know, how he got removed from that.”
Authorities have said that Ramos had no criminal record as an adult but may have had a juvenile record which are usually “sealed.”
In 2018, Uvalde Police Chief Daniel Rodriguez reported that a 14-year-old Morales high school student and a 13-year-old former Morales student planned to carry out a “mass casualty event against the school,” according to KENS 5 that year.
FOX reporter Bill Melugin says the Uvalde shooter was not one of the two arrested in 2018.
Texas DPS & Texas Rangers tell me this is incorrect. There were two juveniles arrested on conspiracy charges for a shooting plot several years back, but the Uvalde shooter was not involved in that incident and was not arrested. @FoxNews https://t.co/TX5tvKTUt7
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) May 27, 2022
Meanwhile, parents of students who were inside the school during the massacre are furious with law enforcement and want to know why it took over an hour to take out the shooter.
DPS says it was “a wrong decision not to breach the classroom and kill the gunman.”