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Legislator: Texas school shooter originally from North Dakota

It was not immediately known exactly where he was from in the state.

Shooting at a Texas elementary school, in Uvalde
People react outside the Ssgt Willie de Leon Civic Center, where students had been transported from Robb Elementary School after a shooting in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday, May 24, 2022.
Marco Bello / Reuters
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UVALDE, Texas — A Texas state senator has said that the 18-year-old shooter who killed 18 students at an elementary school in this rural southern Texas town was from North Dakota.

Salvador Ramos was born here, according to State Sen. Roland Guitierrez, who made the comment in an interview on CNN. He said he was told about Ramos' past by Texas state police.

Reuters reported that the teenage gunman opened fire at the school, killing 18 children and three adults before he was also killed by law enforcement.

Ramos was acting alone, according to Reuters, and a motive was unknown. He also reportedly shot and killed his grandmother before going to the school, CBS News reported.

Gutierrez said Ramos bought firearms on his 18th birthday, legally, from a dealer.

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Ramos was armed with an assault-style rifle and crashed his car near the school before going inside and opening fire.

The student body at the school consists of children in the second, third and fourth grades in the ages of 7 to 10, Reuters reported.

The massacre at Robb Elementary School was in the heavily Latino rural town, about 80 miles west of San Antonio, was the deadliest shooting at an American elementary school since a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, almost a decade ago.

Correction: In a story in the direct aftermath of the Texas shooting on Tuesday, there was an incorrect report that the shooter had a handgun during the killings. Authorities reported Wednesday that he only had a single assault-style rifle that was used in the tragedy.

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