Uvalde, Texas School Shooting.

2022 Uvalde, Texas School Shooting

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Updated Jul 13, 2022 at 02:58PM EDT by Zach.

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Overview

The Uvalde, Texas School Shooting refers to a U.S. mass shooting that took place at a Texas elementary school on May 24th, 2022. The 18-year-old shooter named Salvador Ramos killed 22 people at Robb Elementary School and was later killed by law enforcement in a shootout. The event sparked discussion, controversy and political debate over gun control. Additionally, the shooting happened soon after the Buffalo, New York Supermarket Shooting and resembled the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting.

As more details emerged in the days following, the Uvalde Police Department's response time and behavior garnered criticism as it was reported one hour had passed before the gunman was confronted and parents were prevented from entering despite police inaction. President Joe Biden also avoided answering if an investigation into the department was to take place. In mid-July 2022, surveillance video footage from the school hallway was released and revealed that the police officer's waited 57 minutes in the hallway before addressing the shooter. The footage also showed one officer checking his phone that had a Punisher skull logo on it and another officer using hand sanitizer.

Background

On May 24th, 2022, Salvador Ramos, an 18-year-old resident of Uvalde, Texas, entered the premises of Robb Elementary School, following the crash of his own vehicle in a ditch nearby. Prior to this, he shot his grandmother at home, who survived after being airlifted to a hospital where she was listed in critical condition. He entered the school premises wearing body armor and holding a long rifle. He was able to get past officers outside the school who called for backup when he started opening fire. Ramos reportedly barricaded himself inside a classroom while more law enforcement agents arrived on the scene, including many border patrol agents who were nearby. Ramos was eventually killed by police in a gunfight.[1]

Developments

Death Toll / Victims

Ramos' motive for the attack remains unclear. Going into the day after, a death toll of 22 accumulated, with 19 children and two adults total.[1] On May 24th, Twitter[5] user loeytaro shared a thread of all the missing children involved in the attack, earning roughly 38,000 likes in one day. This prompted Twitter[6] user DesheaMj to make a compilation image of all the children who lost their lives, earning roughly 1,800 likes in one day (shown below).


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News Coverage

Shortly after the arrival of the police on the scene, the news of the tragedy quickly took over the media through round-the-clock coverage on TV and radio stations across the country, as well as real-time updates from major news sites, including CNN,[1] Fox News, [2] CBS[3] and NBC,[4] among others. The same day, U.S. President Joe Biden addressed the nation, uploaded to YouTube on May 24th where it received roughly 14,800 views in one day (shown below)



Additionally, other politicians and celebrities released statements about the shooting. For instance, actor Matthew McConaughey, whose hometown is Uvalde, Texas, posted a statement to Instagram [7] that earned roughly 268,600 likes in less than a day (shown below).



Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was asked about the shooting following an NBA game. When posted to Twitter[8] it received roughly 22.7 million views and 763,500 likes in less than a day (shown below).


Salvador Ramos' Instagram Posts and Messages

On May 24th, 2022, the Twitter[9] page IntelDoge posted a mirror selfie of the shooter, Salvador Ramos, screenshotted from his Instagram account before it was deleted. The tweet received roughly 1,700 likes in less than a day (shown below). IntelDoge claimed that Ramos' Instagram contained only three posts, being, "this, another selfie, and a picture of a gun magazine."



The Twitter[10] page IntelDoge then tweeted a screenshot of two DD M4V7s taken from Ramos' Story Highlights. In the Instagram Story, Ramos tagged another Instagram user with the handle epnupues.[11] The Twitter[12] page IntelDoge also tweeted screenshots of messages sent between Instagram user epnupues and Ramos leading up to the school shooting (shown below). They show epnupues being confused at the tagging of himself in the Story, as well as Ramos confiding in him leading up to the May 24th attack.


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Rep. Paul Gosar False Trans Girl Shooter Claims

On May 24th, 2022, Twitter users and 4chaners started to falsely identify the shooter as Redditor[13] Apprehensive_Ad_995. Many of the tweets and threads have since been deleted, however, on May 24th, Twitter[14] user MattBinder posted screenshots of the misinformation spreading, subsequently calling it out as fake news. His tweet received 26,300 likes in less than a day (shown below, left). Additionally, Redditor Apprehensive_Ad_995 had to make a post[15] on May 24th claiming, "it's not me, I don't even live in texas," as she was receiving threats (shown below, right).


Matt Binder @MattBinder 4chan users / right wingers are sharing pictures of an innocent trans person they found on Reddit and are falsely claiming that they are the Uvalde school shooter Stand Back And Stand By (SBSB) @texasbeauregard I wish I was a girl sooner CH IG! I found the shooter's reddit account. Was a nsgender. ng love skirts, I wish I was a girl sooner poking in atl go WHIRO AZAM a PM - May 24, 2022. Twitter Web App etweets 23 Quote Tweets 118 Likes 7:34 PM ยท May 24, 2022. Twitter Web App : 4 939 u/Apprehensive_Ad_995 โ’ธ3 it's not me, I don't even live in texas nsfw Posted by u/Apprehensive_Ad_995 14 hours ago 5 3 3 5 3 3 4

Also on May 24th, Republican House Representative of Arizona Paul Gosar quote retweeted a tweet spreading the trans girl shooter misinformation. Gosar has since deleted the tweet, however, a screenshot was taken and reported on by Business Insider[16] (shown below, left). People like Twitter[17] user molly0xFFF called out Gosar for spreading the baseless claim, receiving roughly 14,000 likes for a tweet in less than a day (shown below, right).


Paul Gosar @DrPaulGosar We know already fool. It's a transsexual leftist illegal alien named Salvatore Ramos. It's apparently your kind of trash. twitter.com/restoringfreed... This Tweet was deleted by the Tweet author. Learn more 9:08 AM May 25, 2022 Twitter for iPhone 121 Retweets 100 Quote Tweets 465 Likes Molly White @mollyOxFFF rightwingers including @DrPaulGosar have been spreading misinformation that the shooter in texas was a trans woman, using random photos they pulled from reddit. the person in the photos is currently posting on reddit in apparent horror that her photos were used in this way. 2 min. ago 3 points. are my pics. people are using to make tra I'm not the shooter ke murderers and blaming me for the st ALT Reply Share ALT ard Share ... 1 point 2 hours ago 1 poin e, the shooter is dead, and I c nother day of being cks befor you harass an innoc SI ALT a ALT Share 10:21 PM . May 24, 2022. Twitter Web App

Police Response Controversy

In the days that followed the mass shooting on May 24th, 2022, news outlets like the New York Times[18] and Reuters[19] reported on a developing controversy and criticism regarding the local police department's response โ€” particularly its handling of the situation and response time. According to these news outlets, it took the police roughly one hour to respond to the sounds of gunshots coming from inside Robb Elementary. The New York Times highlighted in their article that most mass shootings are "over within minutes" according to policing experts.

The call was made to the department about the shooting at around 11:30 a.m. An anonymous State Police official told the New York Times[18] that "two Uvalde officers were shot as they initially tried to enter the classroom at about 11:45 a.m." Then, officials said, "the officers fell back and began calling for help." The decision in question is if the police at the scene should have awaited the arrival of specially trained officers (like they did) or immediately acted. Eventually, specialty officers from the Border Patrol arrived an hour after the shooting began and killed the shooter.



Most notably on May 26th and 27th, buzz started to surface en masse about the police response time in Uvalde. For instance, on May 24th, 2022, Twitter[20] user NeeNeinNyetNo levied criticism against the Uvalde police department's budget compared to their response to the shooting in a tweet that received roughly 94,800 likes in three days (shown below, left). On May 26th, 2022, Twitter[21] user pervocracy posted a tweet that ended with, "cops in fear for their lives act in the exact opposite manner from cops 'in fear for their lives,'" earning roughly 21,700 likes in two days (shown below, right).


Muffuletta Matzo Man @NeeNeinNyetNo The school district for Robb Elementary has its own police department with 5 cops and 1 security guard. The city of Uvalde's police department recieved just under 40% of the entire city's budget for the year and got a 500k grant from the state. Neither stopped today's massacre. 6:00 PM - May 24, 2022 Twitter for Android 18.3K Retweets 707 Quote Tweets 94.8K Likes Cliff Jerrison @pervocracy I feel like the facts still aren't out on the Uvalde police response but one thing that seems really clear and not for the first time is that cops in fear for their lives act in the exact opposite manner from cops "in fear for their lives" . 10:13 AM May 26, 2022 Twitter Web App 3,359 Retweets 72 Quote Tweets 21.7K Likes PIDE O....

More comedically nuanced takes on the police response criticism surfaced on Twitter in the days following. For instance, on May 25th, 2022, Twitter[22] user alan_mustache captioned a photo of a guy pissing his pants with, "the cops when they see a school shooter," earning roughly 76,700 likes in two days (shown below, left). On May 26th, 2022, Twitch streamer Vaush posted a tweet[23] that contrasted the police response to a response from firefighters to a burning building, earning roughly 12,200 likes in less than a day (shown below, right).


alan mustache @alan_mustache the cops when they see a school shooter 8:42 AM May 25, 2022. Twitter Web App ... Vaush @VaushV Imagine firefighters arriving at a burning school and waiting outside for forty minutes because they're afraid to go in and save anyone, their only decisive behavior being threatening and restraining the horrified parents who try to rush in and save their child 1:28 PM ยท May 26, 2022 ยท Twitter for iPhone

President Joe Biden's Response

On May 26th, 2022, it was reported by the Washington Examiner[24] that the White House refused to call for an investigation into the Uvalde police response. President Biden was quoted saying he, "has the utmost respect for the men and women of law enforcement." A tweet[25] about the development was posted on May 26th by the Examiner and received roughly 3,800 likes in less than a day.

Multiple Twitter users quote retweeted the aforementioned tweet, such as Twitch streamer HasanAbi on May 26th,[25] stating, "bro what the fuck are they doing," and earning roughly 48,300 likes in one day (shown below).


hasanabi @hasanthehun bro what the fuck are they doing. Washington Examiner @dcexaminer 18h The White House refused to call for an investigation into the police response to the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, saying President @JoeBiden "has the utmost respect for the men and women of law enforcement." washex.am/3ar8A91 10:29 PM May 26, 2022 Twitter for iPhone .

School Hallway Surveillance Video Footage Of Police Response

On July 12th, 2022, news outlet Austin American-Stateman published an article[27] that included exclusive video footage they'd received from a surveillance tape and audio taken within the hallways of Robb Elementary School the day of the shooting. It documented both the shooter's movements and the police's response. The 77-minute clip was edited down to four minutes by the publication (shown below).






Ultimately, the video showed Uvalde police officers arriving "minutes" after the shooter arrived and started firing rounds into two classrooms. The officers approach the area where the shooter was but retreated after more shots were fired. The video outlined how 57 minutes passed before any of the police officers in the hallway approached where the shooter was.

The video was reposted to Twitter on July 12th, 2022, by verified Twitter[28] user yashar whose tweet received roughly 3,600 likes in less than a day. The Twitter video, meanwhile, gained over 1.2 million views in less than a day due to many retweets, reposts and cross-platform shares.

Reactions surfaced regarding the video that predominantly centered on the cop's perceived negligence and ineffectiveness. For instance, on July 12th, Twitter[29] user SaintSluggo uploaded a tweet that referenced the police preventing parents from entering the school so they wouldn't see "a huge pile of dudes in body armor with ballistic shields and automatic weapons milling around a hallway doing fuck all while the screams of their dying children echoed." The tweet received roughly 1,300 likes in less than a day.

Cops Using Hand Sanitizer And Checking Phone

On July 12th, 2022, Twitter[30] user and senior investigative reporter at NBC News Mike Hixenbaugh was the first to highlight in a tweet that an officer in ballistic gear stopped to get some hand sanitizer while the shooting was ongoing. Hixenbaugh attached a screenshot to his tweet (shown below). In less than a day, Hixenbaugh's tweet received roughly 1,300 likes.


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Many more Twitter users started to reference the hand sanitizer moment in their tweets, subsequently condemning the police's response. For instance, on July 12th, Twitter[31] user MaxLewisTV tweeted about the moment, earning roughly 154,000 likes in less than a day. Also on July 12th, Twitter[31] user cabot_phillips posted a screen-recording of the hand sanitizer moment, earning roughly 657,900 views in less than a day (shown below).


Another moment during the surveillance footage that internet users perceived as incompetent was when an officer checked his phone amid the shooting. On July 12th, 2022, Twitter[33] user WalkerBragman tweeted, "God fuck this," and revealed in a zoomed-in screenshot that the officer's lock screen was an American flag skull logo from The Punisher. His tweet received roughly 125,000 likes in less than a day (shown below, left). Twitter[34] user digitalurn posted a tweet about WalkerBragman's evidence on July 12th, earning roughly 228,800 likes in the same amount of time (shown below, right).


Walker Bragman @WalkerBragman God fuck this 6:56 PM Jul 12, 2022 Twitter Web App โ— H Albert Jaragua Corado @digitalurn That cop in Uvalde having his lock screen be the punisher logo and him being scared to take on an active shooter is truly the perfect encapsulation of how cops see themselves vs who they really are. 6:32 PM Jul 12, 2022 ยท Twitter for iPhone โ— โ—โ—โ— 37.4K Retweets 591 Quote Tweets 227.4K Likes

Search Interest

External References

[1] CNN โ€“ What we know about the Texas elementary school shooting

[2] Fox News โ€“ Uvalde, Texas school shooting

[3] CBS โ€“ Politicians and celebrities react to Texas elementary school mass shooting

[4] NBC โ€“ Texas school shooting victims

[5] Twitter โ€“ @loeytaro

[6] Twitter โ€“ @DesheaMj

[7] Instagram โ€“ @officiallymcconaughey

[8] Twitter โ€“ @warriors

[9] Twitter โ€“ @IntelDoge

[10] Twitter โ€“ NSFW @IntelDoge

[11] Twitter โ€“ NSFW @RickiRoma

[12] Twitter โ€“ @IntelDoge

[13] Reddit โ€“ u/Apprehensive_Ad_995

[14] Twitter โ€“ @MattBinder

[15] Reddit โ€“ Apprehensive_Ad_995

[16] Business Insider โ€“ Paul Gosar spread rumor that suspect was transsexual leftist illegal alien

[17] Twitter โ€“ @molly0xFFF

[18] NYT โ€“ Police Response to Uvalde Shooting Infuriated Parents Clinging to Hope

[19] Reuters โ€“ Questions mount about police response to Texas massacre that killed 19 children

[20] Twitter โ€“ @NeeNeinNyetNo

[21] Twitter โ€“ @pervocracy

[22] Twitter โ€“ @alan_mustache

[23] Twitter โ€“ @VaushV

[24] Washington Examiner โ€“ White House sidesteps question about police response

[25] Twitter โ€“ @dcexaminer

[26] Twitter โ€“ @hasanthehun

[27] Austin American-Stateman โ€“ Exclusive: Watch Uvalde school shooting video obtained by Statesman showing police response?

[28] Twitter โ€“ @yashar

[29] Twitter โ€“ @SaintSluggo

[30] Twitter โ€“ @Mike_Hixenbaugh

[31] Twitter โ€“ @MaxLewisTV

[32] Twitter โ€“ @cabot_phillips

[33] Twitter โ€“ @WalkerBragman

[34] Twitter โ€“ @digitalurn

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Timey16
Timey16

Honestly seeing how incompetent police was here there is something BLM and conservatives can maybe agree on: police training is shit. Period.

US police has the among the worst quality officers in the entire Western hemisphere. Average education time for a US police officer: 6 months. Can be as short as 6 weeks. Average training period for a German police officer: 3 years. In fact it's kinda rated like a Bachelor's degree.

Time US spends in de-escalation training: less than 25 hours. German police de-escalation training: several hundred hours. In fact it's the main focus after learning the law. US training focus is how to subdue suspects and to shoot also barely any law education.

No matter the excuse of how difficult things are, "crime gangs" etcโ€ฆ US police is simply shit compared to their peers.

So maybe at least both sides can at some point come to the agreement to fundamentally reform how police officers are MADE on the academy level. What kind of citizens you want to become police officers. How smart they are supposed to be etc.

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