Who owns Oasis Outback? Salvador Ramos bought gun from shop linked to cartel case

In 2009, businessman Fred Farhat paid nearly $6,000 cash for over 10,000 rounds of .223 and 5.56 x 45 mm ammunition from Oasis Outback


                            Who owns Oasis Outback? Salvador Ramos bought gun from shop linked to cartel case
Oasis Outback, the sporting goods store where officials say the Uvalde mass shooter bought the assault-style rifles he used during the shooting, is seen on May 28, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas (Michael M Santiago/Getty Images)
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UVALDE, TEXAS: The Texas gun store where 18-year-old gunman Salvador Ramos got an AR-15-style rifle to carry out a shooting at Robb Elementary school in Uvalde has previously been part of an ammunition smuggling case involving the Mexican drug cartel, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. A businessman from Uvalde’s neighboring town of Eagle Pass allegedly tried to smuggle more than 10,000 rounds of ammunition into Mexico back in 2009. The firepower was purchased at Oasis Outback LLC in Uvalde, which is the gun shop where Ramos got one of the rifles found inside Robb Elementary School. 

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In 2009, 48-year-old businessman Fred Farhat paid nearly $6,000 cash for more than 10,000 rounds of .223 and 5.56 x 45 mm ammunition in three separate transactions in a three-hour period from Oasis Outback. Farhat was the owner of Farhat’s Boots and Jeans. “That’s very significant, and it’s close to the border, so you know where it’s going,” Davy Aguilera, a retired agent with the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms who previously led the ATF office in San Antonio, told San Antonio Express News. “It’s obviously going to a bad guy to sell, transport or to use it. The general public is not going to buy that much.”

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Oasis Outback is not required to track or report the purchase of bullets. Therefore, the company did not break the law with the sale. Farhat took the ammunition to his business and got it repacked, after purchasing them with the help of two co-conspirators. While trying to drive the ammo across the border into Mexico, Farhat and his married accomplices crashed with another vehicle. The bullets were reportedly destined for a Mexican drug cartel.

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Authorities caught Farhat and the wife. While the woman was sentenced to 30 months in a federal prison, Farhat got five years jail. The woman's husband, who fled to Mexico, is still absconding.

Who owns Oasis Outback?

Oasis Outback, LLC is located in Uvalde and is part of the Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores Industry. This industry group comprises establishments mainly engaged in retailing new sporting goods, games and toys, and musical instruments, among others. 

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Oasis was the transfer store for an assault rifle Ramos bought online from a gun dealer in Georgia. This means that before the sale was made, the Uvalde shop must have taken information from him and completed a background check before handing the gun over.

On May 24, Salvador Ramos opened fire at Robb Elementary school in Uvalde. The deranged gunman barricaded himself inside a classroom, eventually killing 19 children as two teachers. He was untimately shot dead by a Border Patrol agent. 

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People visit memorials for victims of  the Uvalde shooting (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)