A Texas politician has claimed that school shooter Salvador Ramos was arrested four years ago for plotting to commit mass murder.
A Texas politician who claimed that class killer Salvador Ramos was arrested four years ago after telling people he planned to shoot up a school when he turned 18 has now said he is “unclear” whether that was the case. .
“The gunman was arrested years ago, four years ago, because he had this plan to basically say, you know, if I’m a senior in 2022, I’m going to shoot a school,” Tony Gonzales, a Republican congressman for the area of Texas that includes Uvalde, claimed on Fox News.
“I have the impression that he and another person were having a conversation to work things out. The police investigated and arrested him. He went to youth care, as far as I know, he went to a correctional facility.
“Something fell between the cracks between then and now to make this happen. We have to shake out all the facts. We need to find out what happened,” Gonzales continued.
Mr Gonzales went on to say that social media was “a divided place” where you “unfortunately couldn’t control other people’s personalities”.
“We need to find out what happened. Where the holes are and we need to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
“But if law enforcement identified him as a threat four years ago, we need to find out… how he was removed from it,” he said.
However, Fox reporter Bill Melugin said Uvalde police said that while two boys were arrested on charges of a shooting several years ago, Ramos was not among them.
Later, Mr. Gonzales rowed back some of his comments. In an email to the New York Post he said: “It is now unclear if the shooter was one of the two children who were detained…if this was not the shooter, we need to find out who these children are, where they are now and if they were classmates of the shooter.
“There is a clear need for mental health resources in our community.”
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has previously said, “(Ramos) may have had a juvenile record, but that has yet to be determined.”
Ramos legally bought two guns last week, just days after he turned 18. If he did have a juvenile file, that could have been a barrier to buying a gun, unless that file wasn’t visible on background checks.
Local police have come under scrutiny after it was revealed they waited more than an hour for a specialist officer to enter the school, while more and more distraught parents were prevented from entering on their own.
Originally published as Texas politician claims Uvalde’s school killer planned to ‘shoot the school upside down four years ago’