Uvalde shooter started stockpiling gun accessories in February: ‘looked like one of those school shooters’
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The person accused of carrying out the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, at Robb Elementary School on May 24, began stockpiling gun accessories beginning in February 2022, according to a report by a committee of the Texas House.
Nineteen children and two adults died in the shooting, which the committee said resulted in “multiple systemic failures” in law enforcement.
The report says “a vague idea” of a school shooting appeared to have been in the assailant’s head as early as late 2021, but he began pursuing the plot in early 2022, after a “falling out ” with his mother. .
An argument between the two was broadcast live on Instagram, and although law enforcement responded to a call at the scene of the incident, no arrests were made. Afterwards, the alleged shooter moved in with his grandmother, who lived a few blocks from the school.
The alleged shooter’s relationship with his mother did not improve, nor did he love his father. At his grandmother’s house, the shooter slept on the living room floor, according to the report, and even told an older cousin days before the shooting that he “didn’t want to live anymore,” according to the report.
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The report also says the father noticed the alleged shooter had “facial cuts” and said he was “doing something” soon.
According to the report, the alleged shooter’s cousin thought she had managed to reach him, but at the same time “the attacker’s planning and preparation became more focused.”
In February, the report states that the alleged shooter “began purchasing more gun accessories”, which included “60 30-round magazines, a holographic weapon sight and a Hellfire Gen 2 snap-in trigger system. “.
When the alleged shooter turned 18 on May 16, according to the report, he purchased the weapons and ammunition, which included 1,740 rounds of “5.56mm 75 grain hollow point boat tail point, at his doorstep, at the price of $1,761.50”. He also purchased a Daniel Defense DDM4 V7, which is an AR-15 style rifle, according to the report, from a gun store in Uvalde which cost him $2,054.28.
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Then on May 17, he bought a Smith & Wesson M&P15, which is an AR-15 style rifle, from the same store in Uvalde, which cost him $1,081.42.
On May 18, the alleged shooter purchased “375 rounds of M193, a 5.56mm 55-grain cartridge with an all-metal jacket, which has a soft core surrounded by harder metal,” according to the report, and picked up the other rifle on May 20.
The report said the owner of the gun shop who sold him the guns described the alleged shooter as an “average customer with no ‘red flags’ or suspicious conditions.”
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When the owner asked the alleged shooter how he could afford the purchases, he replied that he had saved money.
However, in interviews with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, people who were at the store when the alleged shooter purchased his gun said he “looked very nervous” and “seemed weird and looked like one of those school shooters”.