Fact Check-Texas shooter was a U.S. citizen, according to Texas Governor

Social media users are claiming that Salvador Ramos, who killed 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas was an illegal immigrant. Authorities and news reports so far contradict these claims, however.

Examples can be seen (here) and (here). The text in one post reads: “No one is even talking about this on the news, which makes me highly suspicious. Was the shooter in TX an illegal alien?”.

A teenage gunman murdered 19 children and two teachers after storming into a Texas elementary school on May 24, 2022, the latest bout of gun-fueled mass killing in the United States and the nation's worst school shooting in nearly a decade (here).

The carnage began with the 18-year-old suspect, identified as Salvador Ramos, shooting his own grandmother, who survived, authorities said.

He fled that scene and crashed his car near the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, a town about 80 miles (130 km) west of San Antonio. There he launched a bloody rampage that ended when he was killed, apparently shot by police (here).

A timeline of the incident can be seen (here).

Texas Governor Greg Abbott confirmed in a news briefing on May 24, 2022 (here) that Ramos was a U.S. citizen. This can be seen at the 12:58 mark in the video.

Roland Gutierrez, Texas state senator, said he had access to police reports that showed the shooter was born in North Dakota (here), (here).

Examples of news outlets reporting Ramos was a U.S. citizen can be seen (here), (here), (here), (here).

Texas authorities did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for confirmation.


False. Texas Governor Gregg Abbott and a Texas state senator have said that the Uvalde shooter Salvador Ramos was a U.S. citizen.

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