A Uvalde, Texas, high school student claiming knowledge of the gunman who Tuesday killed 21 at Robb Elementary said he is being wrongly portrayed by media and law enforcement.
Uvalde high school senior Ivan Arellano told WFAA-TV in Dallas that 18-year-old shooter Salvador Ramos “was not a good person.” Arellano said it was the opposite in that Ramos had been a bully himself.
“Salvador Ramos was a boy who was not bullied,” Arellano said Wednesday. “He would try to pick on people but fail, and it would aggravate him.”
Ramos is the man whom law enforcement allege killed 19 elementary students and two teachers Tuesday before being shot to death by a Border Patrol agent. The murderous rampage at the small city’s grade school came after Ramos allegedly shot his 66-year-old grandmother, Celia Gonzales, in her home. Gonzales is reported to be in stable condition at a San Antonio hospital, according to a Western Journal report.
Arellano reportedly wanted to set the record straight because he had not seen any media coverage spotlighting Ramos’ cruel personality. “I don’t see this covered and I’m going to put this out there: He would hurt animals,” he said.
“He was not a good person,” concluded the high school student who said one of Tuesday’s victims was a friend.
His characterization of the elementary school shooter was corroborated by another Uvalde teen who worked with him. Crystal Foutz, 17, reportedly attended school with Ramos, whom she worked with at Whataburger.
“He always seemed to take his anger out on the most innocent person in the room,” Foutz told an Austin TV station. “He would get angry at people thinking he wasn’t OK. He was just always super odd.”
Foutz stated Ramos had become increasingly withdrawn in recent months, having “slowly fallen off” from attending school. She added he got into angry disputes with her ex-boyfriend and a couple at Whataburger.
“He wasn’t a big guy,” Foutz told the Associated Press. “He just had this ego. Like he was invincible.”
“He was really a loner, and the people he did hang out with stopped hanging with him because of those things.”
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