'He was creepy': Salvador Ramos BOASTED about saving money to buy rifles, Wendy's co-worker claims
UVALDE, TEXAS: Texas school shooter Salvador Ramos reportedly made a shocking boast about his sick plot to his former Wendy's co-workers. He then quit after saving enough for two AR-15 rifles. Ramos bought his guns on his 18th birthday. Born in North Dakota, Ramos lived in Uvalde and was a student at Uvalde High School before he found work at Wendy's.
Ramos opened fire at a Texas elementary school on Tuesday, May 24, killing over a dozen children and more than one adult. Police officials from the Texas Department of Public Safety, US Customs and Border Protection and various other local agencies responded to the deadly shooting at Robb Elementary School. Ramos was finally shot dead.
A former co-worker of the "demented" gunman described the 18-year-old as a "rude, creepy and scruffy" guy. She said that she kept her distance from him because she felt unsafe around him. Grace Cruz, 18, worked with Ramos at a Wendy's fast-food restaurant just minutes away from Robb Elementary, where the deadly massacre took place.
Cruz told The Sun that Ramos openly spoke about how he was making money at the job so he could buy guns and ammo. He then suddenly quit. Ramos could have spent around $4,000 on his weapons, ammunition and tactical-style vest, it has been reportedly estimated. Among the weapons he bought was an $1,870 Daniel Defense weapon.
“He had mental problems, emotional problems, personal problems, every type of problem," Cruz said of Ramos. “He didn’t smell, but he was definitely scruffy. Something was off about him. I didn’t feel safe around him, so I always kept my distance even though we worked the same hours."
Ramos worked the drive-thru area at Wendy's. Cruz said that he would often mess up and receive complaints from patrons. “He quit just two weeks ago, but there were a couple of times before that where he almost got fired for being rude," she said. "He told us he was saving up money for guns and ammo. We would ask him, ‘Why would you spend your money on that, spend it on a car or something useful,’" Cruz said." She said that Ramos quit after he had saved enough money. “I guess once he got enough money, he quit and stopped showing up," she said.
The Daily Beast reported that another former co-worker of Ramos said he would send inappropriate text messages to female colleagues. "He would be very rude towards the girls sometimes," she claimed. Evening manager Adrian Mendes told CNN, “He felt like the quiet type, the one who doesn’t say much. He didn’t really socialize with employees. He just worked, got paid, and came in to get his check.”
Texas State Sen Roland Gutierrez reportedly said that the two assault rifles used in the massacre were bought by the shooter on his 18th birthday. Under a new Texan law passed in September, people aged 18-21 could buy guns if they had a protective order for being at risk of family violence, stalking, prostitution or sex trafficking. Under the law, the requirement for a permit for a handgun was removed. Rifles were already permitted in Texas without the need for licenses.
Tuesday's shooting was one of the deadliest school massacres in US history. The incident brings to mind two other similar shootings: one at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut where 20 first-graders and six educators were killed in 2012, and another where 32 people were killed at Virginia Tech in 2007. This shooting also comes just days after 10 people were shot dead by a gunman at a supermarket in Buffalo.