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'I'm about to…' Chilling message Texas school shooter sent to LA girl he didn't know on Instagram

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The 18-year-old who shot dead 19 young children and two of their teachers on Tuesday sent a message to an acquaintance on Instagram an hour before the massacre, saying: “I’m about to.”

Salvador Ramos was shot and killed by law enforcement officers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, after killing 21 people.

Born in North Dakota but living in Uvalde, Ramos was a student at Uvalde High School before finding work at a Wendy’s.

He had legally purchased the weapons he used in the shooting when he turned 18.

Under a new Texas law passed in September, 18-21-year-olds could buy guns if they had a protective warrant because they were at risk of domestic violence, stalking, prostitution or sex trafficking.

The law also abolished the requirement for a gun license. Guns were already allowed in Texas without licenses.

Salvador Ramos, 18, shot his grandmother before attending Robb Elementary School in Uvalde;  involving nearby border patrol officers in a firefight;  and then barricade himself in the school, killing 19 students and two teachers

Salvador Ramos, 18, shot his grandmother before attending Robb Elementary School in Uvalde; involving nearby border patrol officers in a firefight; and then barricade himself in the school, killing 19 students and two teachers

Ramos shared a photo on Instagram of him holding a rifle magazine

Ramos shared a photo on Instagram of him holding a rifle magazine

Ramos shared photos of weapons on social media.  His account was deleted shortly after Governor Greg Abbott confirmed his name

Ramos shared photos of weapons on social media.  His account was deleted shortly after Governor Greg Abbott confirmed his name

Ramos shared photos of weapons on social media. His account was deleted shortly after Governor Greg Abbott confirmed his name

Ramos’ social media was full of photos of his new weapons, which he bought on his 18th birthday, Senator Roland Gutierrez said.

Ramos messaged a Los Angeles woman he knew on Instagram on May 12, tagging her in a photo of the guns.

“You’re going to repost my gun photos,” @sal8dor_ sent her a direct message.

“What your guns have to do with me,” she replied Friday.

“I just wanted to tag you,” he said back.

Then on Tuesday at 5:43 am, @salv8dor_ messaged her saying ‘I’m about to’.

The girl asked ‘about what’ to which he replied, ‘I’ll tell you before 11 o’clock.’

He said he would text her in an hour and urged her to respond.

“I have a little secret I want to tell you,” he messaged with a smiley emoji covering his mouth.

“Be thankful I tagged you,” he wrote.

She replied, “No, it’s just scary,” adding, “I barely know you and you tag me in a photo with some guns?”

His last message on Tuesday at 9.16 am was ‘Ima air out’.

The shooting started around 11:32 a.m.

The woman was horrified when she heard what he had done.

“He’s a stranger, I don’t know anything about him, he decided to tag me in his gun post,” she wrote.

“I’m sorry to the victims and their families that I really don’t know what to say.”

Then she added: “The only reason I reacted to him was because I was afraid of him. I wish I stayed awake to at least convince him not to commit his crime. I did not know.’

When an Instagram user asked if she was his girlfriend, she replied, “I don’t know him and I don’t even live in Texas.”

A video at the scene shows the suspected gunman, dubbed by Governor Greg Abbott as Salvador Ramos, approaching the school with the sound of gunfire in the background.

A video at the scene shows the suspected gunman, dubbed by Governor Greg Abbott as Salvador Ramos, approaching the school with the sound of gunfire in the background.

A video at the scene shows the suspected gunman, dubbed by Governor Greg Abbott as Salvador Ramos, approaching the school with the sound of gunfire in the background.

Robb Elementary School, with 600 students enrolled, is located in the town of Uvalde, Matthew McConaughey’s birthplace, 100 miles east of the Mexican border and 80 miles west of San Antonio.

A school friend of Ramos said he also sent him pictures of his weapons.

“He would message me here and there, and four days ago he sent me a picture of the AR he was using… CNN

“I was like, ‘bro, why are you having this?’ and he said, “Don’t worry.”

He texted me, ‘I look very different now. You wouldn’t recognize me,’ he added.

The friend said that Ramos was mocked by others for the clothes he wore and his family’s financial situation, and that he was eventually seen less in class.

He largely quit and took the job at Wendy’s, where colleagues remember him as quiet.

Adrian Mendes, evening manager at Wendy’s, said Ramos “mainly kept to himself.”

“He felt like the quiet type, the one who doesn’t say much. He didn’t really interact with the other employees,” Mendes told CNN.

“He just worked, got paid, and came in to get his check.”

Mendes said he didn’t know Ramos well — he was already employed when Mendes started in February — and didn’t see him most of the time because they had different shifts.

Ramos worked five days a week from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or 5 p.m.