THE school shooter who killed at least 19 kids had an obsession with the video game Call of Duty and cut his own face with a knife just for fun, friends said.
A friend claimed that Salvador Ramos, 18, used to shoot people at random using a BB gun.
Cops named Ramos as the gunman following the massacre that hit Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday.
Santos Valdez Jr, who had been Ramos' friend since elementary school, said they used to play video games such as Call of Duty together before his behavior changed.
On one occasion, Ramos turned up to play basketball in a park but he had scratches on his face, The Washington Post reports.
Ramos claimed that he had been attacked by his cat before admitting that he cut his face using knives.
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Valdez recalled: "I was like 'You're crazy, bro, why would you do that?"
Ramos reportedly told Valdez that he did it for fun.
Ramos was also bullied in school, according to his best friend in eighth grade Stephen Garcia.
And, he used to egg people’s cars and shoot at vehicles using his BB gun, a friend claimed.
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An ex-classmate told CNN that Ramos shared photos of his firearm – days before he carried out the massacre.
He admitted that he was “close” to the gunman and they used to play on the Xbox together.
The friend recalled: “He would message me here and there, and four days ago he sent me a picture of the AR he was using … and a backpack full of 5.56 rounds, probably like seven mags.
“I was like, ‘bro, why do you have this?’ and he was like, ‘Don’t worry about it.
“He proceeded to text me, ‘I look very different now. You wouldn’t recognize me’.”
At least 19 students and two teachers have been killed.
Authorities said Ramos crashed his vehicle before storming into the school and opening fire.
Lt. Christopher Olivarez of the Texas Department of Public Safety told NBC’s Today on Wednesday that all the victims were in the same fourth-grade classroom at Robb Elementary.
Olivarez said Ramos barricaded himself inside the classroom.
Ramos bought two weapons used in the attack on his 18th birthday.
Sources told KPRC 2 that Ramos purchased two AR platform rifles on May 17 and May 20.
One was left in Ramos' crashed car. The other, a Daniel Defense, was recovered from inside the elementary school, the outlet reported.
He also bought 375 rounds of 5.56 ammunition on May 18. Seven 30-round magazines were discovered inside the school, according to records.
Ramos was initially said to have worn body armor during the attack.
Local media later indicated that he had a plate carrier with no ballistic armor inside when he exchanged gunfire with several officers at the school.
He opened fire at the school following an argument with his grandmother.
The pair reportedly had an argument about his failure to graduate.
Ramos shot his own grandmother, who was airlifted to hospital in a critical condition.
Amerie Jo Garza, 10, was one of the students killed by Ramos during his 94-minute rampage.
She desperately tried to call 911 before being gunned down in the massacre.
She had just turned 10 years old weeks before the shooting.
Her grandma Berlinda Irene Arreola told The Daily Beast that Ramos reportedly yelled “you’re going to die”.
Amerie was shot dead as she tried to call 911. Her best friend was reportedly left covered in blood, according to Arreola.
Her grieving dad Angel told ABC News: "My little love is now flying high with the angels above."
Xavier Lopez, 10, was also killed and his mom last saw him alive just hours before at an awards ceremony held in the school.
Nine-year-old Uziyah Garcia, also a fourth-grader, was also named a victim of the shooting by his aunt Nikki Cross.
His uncle Mitch Renfro penned on Facebook: “My nephew was a victim of a school shooting today.”
He said that Uziyah had been slain by a “crazy man”.
Eliahana 'Elijah Cruz' Torres, 10, reportedly didn't want to go to school on Tuesday, her grandad told Fox News.
And, Jennifer and Steven Lugo revealed their daughter Ellie had died. They said she had been missing for hours.
In a heartbreaking Facebook post, Steven said: "It’s hard to issue out a statement on anything right now my mind is going at 1000 miles per hour… but I do wanna send our thoughts and prayers to those who also didn’t make it home tonight!!!
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The carnage in Uvalde was the 27th school shooting of 2022 that involved injuries or deaths.
And, it was the worst school rampage since the Sandy Hook tragedy in 2012.
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