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‘He was very quiet’: Salvador Ramos’ grandfather describes troubled teenager and hidden weapons

The grandfather of the Texas school gunman accused of killing 19 children and two teachers in the town of Uvalde says he did not know Salvador Ramos had high-powered assault rifles at home.

“I didn’t know he had guns,” Rolando Reyes told ABC News. “If I had known, I would have reported it.”

Ramos, 18, shot his 66-year-old grandmother in the head before stealing the family car and driving to Robb Elementary School.

“It still hasn’t sunk,” Mr Reyes said.

Ramos’ grandmother, believed to be 66-year-old Celia Martinez, is in serious condition but alive.

The teenager had stayed with his grandparents after a falling out with his mother, according to the family. He spent most of his time alone in his room, playing video games.

“He was very quiet, he didn’t talk much,” Mr Reyes said.

The grandfather said he sometimes took Ramos to work with him as the teenager often missed school and wasn’t ready to graduate.

Mr Reyes, who has a previous criminal record, told ABC he was not legally allowed to be around guns and also hated to see the violence they resulted in mass shootings across the country.

“I hate it when I see all the news of all these people getting shot, I’m against it all. I say, ‘Why are they letting these people buy guns and all that?’ he said.

Ramos turned 18 this month and legally purchased two military-style “AR platform rifles” along with hundreds of rounds of ammunition, according to Texas State Sen. John Whitemire of Houston, who was informed by the state police.

His grandmother had recently taken him to an Applebee restaurant to celebrate his birthday.

Friends and family members paint a picture of Ramos as a troubled teenager, frequently bullied at school for his loud lisp and prone to outbursts of aggression against classmates and family members .

“He would be bullied, like many people,” said Stephen Garcia, a close friend of Ramos in college. The Washington Post. “On social media, on games, on everything… He was the nicest kid, the shyest kid. He just needed to come out of his shell.

The teenager had a number of fistfights and fights at school, and had many heated altercations with his mother.

“He posted videos on his Instagram where the cops were there and he was calling his mom ab**** and telling her she wanted to fire him,” said high school classmate Nadia Reyes. To post. “He was screaming and talking to his mother very aggressively.”


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