Neighbor says Uvalde shooter's wounded grandmother ran to his home
EXCLUSIVE: ‘Look at what he did to me!’ Neighbor reveals how Uvalde gunman’s hysterical grandmother ran to his home covered in blood moments after her own grandson shot her in the face and took off in her truck to continue his rampage
- Gilberto Gallegos, 82, told DailyMail.com he was gardening in the front yard of his Uvalde, Texas, home last Tuesday when he heard gunshots ring out
- Gallegos and his wife Maria, 76, live across the street from Celia Gonzales, the grandmother of elementary school shooter Salvador Ramos
- The neighbor said they then saw Ramos, 18, who had been living with his grandparents for several months, jump in his grandmother’s truck and take off
- Moments later wounded Gonzales emerged from her home with blood streaming down her face and began running towards them
- ‘Celia said to me: “Look at what he did to me!”‘ Gallegos told DailyMail.com. ‘She never mentioned his name, but my wife and I knew who she was talking about’
A neighbor of Texas elementary school gunman Salvador Ramos has recalled seeing the teen’s grandmother run out of her home covered in blood after she was shot in the face by her own grandson.
Gilberto Gallegos, 82, lives across the street from Celia Gonzales, 66, who was shot by Ramos last Tuesday moments before he opened fire at an Uvalde elementary school, killing 19 students and two teachers.
Speaking to DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview, Gallegos revealed he had been gardening with wife Maria, 76, in their front yard when they suddenly heard gunshots ring out from Gonzales’s home.
‘Soon after [we heard] gunshots, Ramos ran out of the house carrying some bags and jumped into his grandmother’s truck,’ Gallegos said.
‘I thought it was strange because he doesn’t know how to drive.’
Gilberto Gallegos, 82 (left) who lives across the street from Celia Gonzales, 66 (right) told DailyMail.com how he came to her aid after she was shot by her grandson, Salvador Ramos, last Tuesday
Gallegos said he and his wife Maria, 76, were gardening in the front yard of their Uvalde home (pictured) when they suddenly heard gunshots ring out across the street
Ramos’s deadly rampage began when the 18-year-old shot his grandmother in the face, hitting her in the jaw and shattering her teeth, at her home. The truck outside the home is not the one Ramos drove to Robb Elementary School
The neighbor said Ramos initially appeared to have some difficulty with the truck, before he sped off with tires screeching.
The 18-year-old, armed with two rifles and ammunition, then drove the black Ford F-150 pickup truck to Robb Elementary School where he crashed into a culvert before continuing his deadly rampage.
Ramos, 18, barricaded himself in a classroom and killed 19 kids and two teachers before being shot dead by police
Gallegos told DailyMail.com he and his wife were confused and shocked by the outburst and had no idea what had just transpired.
‘It all happened so fast,’ he said.
Moments later, he said, they saw a wounded Gonzales emerging from her home with blood streaming down her face and running towards them.
‘She was delirious and in obvious pain,’ Gallegos said, pointing to his right cheek to indicate where she was shot.
‘Celia then said to me: “Look at what he did to me!”‘ She never mentioned his name, but my wife and I knew who she was talking about, her grandson, Salvador.’
Not knowing if Ramos was going to return to shoot more people or finish her off, Gallegos immediately grabbed a towel to help with the bleeding and brought Gonzales to safety.
He rushed his neighbor to the backyard area of his home and took her into an enclosed back porch to keep her safe while his wife called 911.
‘She was in shock and blood was everywhere,’ Gallegos said. ‘I did the best I could.’
The 18-year-old, armed with two rifles and ammunition, then drove the black Ford F-150 pickup truck to Robb Elementary School where he crashed into a culvert before going on his killing spree
The street in Uvalde, Texas, where Gallegos’s home can be seen on the right, opposite Gonzales’s
DailyMail.com visited the backyard area (pictured) where Gallegos tended to his wounded neighbor after she ran over to his home covered in blood
Salvador Ramos first shot his grandmother at her house, before driving half a mile to Robb Elementary and crashing a truck outside the school. He stormed the building and killed 21 before he was shot dead
The heroic neighbor remained with Gonzales in the back porch area until law enforcement arrived a short time later.
She was later air-lifted to a hospital in San Antonio, 75 miles away, where she is currently recovering in the ICU.
Relatives say the grandmother was in critical condition after the bullet her grandson fired entered her cheek, shattering her teeth, before exiting under her ear.
Second cousin Jason Ybarra told the New York Post that although Gonzales is doing ‘fairly well’ she may never be able to talk again.
He said she is only able to communicate by writing for the time being.
In an earlier interview, her husband, Rolando Reyes, said Gonzales was ‘conscious’ but in pain.
‘She had a notebook where she writes what she’s trying to say, but when we can’t make it out, she gets frustrated,’ he told the paper.
Ramos’s mother, Adriana Reyes told DailyMail.com exclusively last week that Celia was able to grab her hand but had yet to speak.
In the months leading up to the shooting, Ramos had been living with his grandparents, Rolando Reyes (left) and Celia Gonzales (right) after reportedly being kicked out of his mother’s home across town
FBI agents were seen searching Gonzales’s home and the surrounding properties the day following the mass shooting
Relatives told DailyMail.com Ramos’s own second-cousin was a student at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, but was not harmed in the shooting
In the months leading up to the shooting, Ramos had been living with his grandparents after reportedly being kicked out of his mother’s home across town.
Officials said that Ramos had fought with his grandmother over a phone bill which resulted in him opening fire at her home.
Although Ramos’s grandfather said that the argument was minor in an interview with ABC News.
Last week, independent journalist Ali Bradley shared footage from inside the Uvalde house, where Ramos began his deadly shooting spree by wounding his grandmother.
‘There’s blood all over,’ said the shooter’s grandfather Rolando Reyes, as he gestured at an interior door frame. ‘There was a pool of blood here.’
After shooting his grandmother, the gunman fled in her truck to nearby Robb Elementary, where he barricaded himself in a classroom and killed 19 kids and two teachers before being shot dead by police.
Ramos legally purchased two AR-15 style rifles (right) including the one he used in yesterday’s attack after his 18th birthday last week. The gunman also bought more than 300 rounds of ammunition
According to a GoFundMe page that has been set up by Gonzales’s daughter, Natalie Salazar, she has had four major surgeries since the events of May 24 and is facing several more.
The plea for donations continues saying that it will be months before Gonzalez can return home. By Tuesday afternoon it had raised $11,210 of its $30,000 target.
In describing the aftermath of Gonzalez being shot by her grandson, Salazar writes: ‘My mom was shot in the face and left to die alone in her home by her very own grandson. It was by the grace of God that she was able to get up off the floor and walk to a neighbors home and ask for help.’
PICTURED: The 19 children and two teachers butchered by 18-year-old gunman Salvador Ramos in Texas
Amerie Jo Garza, 10
Amerie Jo Garza, a fourth grader at Robb Elementary, was one of 19 students confirmed to be killed Tuesday morning by Ramos, who cops say was carrying a handgun and an AR-15 during the attack that also killed two teachers in the classroom.
Her grandmother, Berlinda Irene Arreola, said the 10-year-old was killed as she tried to phone 911 while sitting next to her best friend, who ended up ‘covered in her blood.’
Uziyah Garcia, 8
Uziyah Garcia, the youngest victim at age eight, was also killed in the attack.
The child’s family announced he was killed hours after announcing he was among the many children unaccounted for following the tragedy.
The boy’s grandfather, Manny Renfro, broke the news early Wednesday after being notified by authorities.
‘[He was] the sweetest little boy that I’ve ever known,’ Renfro said. ‘I’m not just saying that because he was my grandkid.’
Makenna Elrod, 10
Makenna Elrod, 10, had also been among the missing in the chaos that followed the massacre, with her father, Brandon Elrod telling reporters at the time he feared ‘she may not be alive.’
Her death was eventually confirmed by a family friend on Wednesday. ‘It’s pretty sad what this world’s coming to,’ the girl’s father told local outlet KTRK after the shooting.
A mother of one of Makenna’s friends lamented the loss in a post to Facebook.
‘Sweet Makenna Rest in Paradise!! My heart is shattered as my daughter Chloe loved her so much!!’ the mom wrote. A relative Wednesday confirmed that the girl had been among the victims.
Xavier Lopez, 10
Xavier Lopez, 10, was the first student victim to be identified as one of Ramos’ victims.
The child’s mother, Felicha Martinez, told the Washington Post Tuesday that just hours before the massacre, the mom had been at the school to see her son participate an honor roll ceremony.
She took a picture showing her son showing off his certificate.
In the last exchange she had with the child, the mom heartbreakingly told the boy that she was proud of him and that she loved him, giving him a hug goodbye – not knowing it would be the last time she would see him alive.
‘He was funny, never serious and his smile… that smile I will never forget,’ she recalled after learning of his death from police. ‘It would always cheer anyone up.’
Eliahana Torres, 10
Eliahana Cruz Torres, 10, had also been missing for hours until she was confirmed to be among the dead.
Adolfo Cruz, her great-grandfather, said she didn’t want to attend school the day of the shooting – but was told by her family that she had to attend.
He said he remained outside the school gates throughout the night until he leanrned of her fate from local authorities.
‘I hope she is alive,’ he said at the time.
Torres was an avid baseball player and played the sport in a local little league.
Ellie Lugo, 10
Ellie Lugo was named as a victim of Tuesday’s attack by her parents, with Steven Garcia and Jennifer Lugo confirming her death several hours after she was listed among the missing.
‘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!!! Our Ellie was a doll and was the happiest ever,’ Steven Lugo said Wednesday.
‘Mom and Dad love you never forget that and please try and stay by our side.’
Nevaeh Bravo was confirmed to be among the dead late Tuesday, after her cousin posted on social media following the shooting to ask for helping the girl.
Around 9 pm, she broke the news on Twitter.
‘Unfortunately my beautiful Nevaeh was one of the many victims from todays tragedy,’ she wrote.
Sje said the schoolchild was ‘flying high’ and asked for the family to be kept in people’s prayers
‘Our Nevaeh has been found. She is flying with the angels above. We love you Navaeh very much princess.’
‘Thank you for the support and help,’ she wrote. ‘Rest in peace my sweet girl, you didn’t deserve this.’
Bravo’s age could not immediately be confirmed.
Tess Marie Mata
Tess Marie Mata was also among those to perish in the attack, her sister, Faith Mata, revealed in a post to Facebook Wednesday.
‘I honestly have no words just sadness, confusion, and anger,’ she wrote.
‘I’m sad because we will never get to tag team on mom and dad again and tell each other how much we mean to each other, I’m confused because how can something like this happen to my sweet, caring, and beautiful sister, and I’m angry because a coward took you from us.’
Rojelio Torres, 10
Rojelio Torres, 10, was initially reported missing by his father, but on Wednesday was confirmed dead by his family.
A person who said she was the boy’s cousin wrote on Twitter: ‘It breaks my heart to say my rojelio is now with the angels I’ll forever miss you and love you my angel.’
The child’s father , Federico Torres, told Houston reporters that he was at work when he learned about the shooting and immediately raced to the school.
‘They sent us to the hospital, to the civic center, to the hospital and here again, nothing, not even in San Antonio,’ he said. ‘They don’t tell us anything, only a photo, wait, hope that everything is well.’
Jayce Carmelo Luevanos, 10
Jayce Luevanos, 10, died in the shooting along with his ten-year-old cousin, Jailah, the child’s mother said Wednesday.
In a Facebook post, uncle Unberto Gonzalez shared photos of both kids while offering a touching tribute.
‘My babies going to miss them like crazy!!!,’ Gonzalez wrote. ‘We luv y’all so much!!! I’m just lost right now!!! Fly high my beautiful Angels!!’
Jailah Nicole Silguero, 10
Ten-year-old Jailah Nicole Silguero was also killed in the shooting, her mother, Veronica Luevanos, tearfully revealed to Univision Wednesday.
She also lost her 10-year-old nephew Jayce to the tragedy.
She said Jailah loved to dance and film videos on TikTok.
The child reportedly also asked her mom the morning of the shooting if she could stay home from school – a request the now mourning mom rebuffed.
‘I took her to school, but she didn’t want to go. She told her father, ‘Can I stay home?” Luevanos said, noting that it was not a common occurrence for her daughter to make such a request.
‘I think she knew something would happen.’
Alithia Ramirez, 10
Fourth grader Alithia Ramirez was confirmed dead early Wednesday by her father, Ryan Ramirez, who shared a post to Facebook showing the 10-year-old with angel’s wings. He had used the same photo the previous day as he pleaded for help finding her after the massacre
He had heartbreakingly used the same photo the previous day as he desperately pleaded for help finding her after the massacre.
‘Trying to find my daughter Alithia. I called all the hospitals and nothing,’ he wrote at the time.
He also reporters during his frantic search, ‘I’m trying to find out where my baby’s at.’
Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez, 10
Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez, 10, was another killed by Ramos Tuesday – along with her cousin, who has yet to be identified.
Annabell’s father spent the afternoon after the shooting in frantic search for his daughter.
Speaking to KHOU11 Tuesday, he lamented at how he was at a loss as to what do, having little success with the search.
‘They’re not letting us in at the hospital right now so we don’t know where to go.’
She has since been declared to be among the dead.
Miranda Mathis, 11
Miranda Mathis, 11, was also confirmed as another casualty from the mass shooting early Wednesday, in a Facebook post by an older cousin who earlier that day had posted a desperate plea for help in locating the child.
‘My sweet baby cousin we loved u dearly,’ Deanna Miller wrote alongside a photo of the child with angel wings.
‘I’m so sorry this happen to u baby please keep my family in your prayers,’ she grieved.
Miller’s kids had also been at the school at the time of the shooting, but survived the attack.
One of her sons told her that they were ushered out of a window by staffers during the attack and subsequently ran to a nearby funeral home after ‘he heard the shooter say he was gonna kill all the kids.’
Alexandria ‘Lexi’ Aniyah Rubio, 10
Alexandria Aniyah Rubio – who was better known to friends as ‘Lexi’ – was confirmed dead just before midnight on Tuesday.
The ten-year-old was shot dead just hours after posing for a photo with her parents at the school’s honor roll ceremony.
Kimberly Mata-Rubio, the girl’s mother, wrote of the loss: ‘My beautiful, smart, Alexandria Aniyah Rubio was recognized today for All-A honor roll. She also received the good citizen award. We told her we loved her and would pick her up after school. We had no idea this was goodbye.’
Maite Yuleana was another student to die in the attack that had attended the honor roll ceremony just hours before.
A cousin of the girl’s mother, Ana Rodriguez, announced the loss Wednesday.
‘It is with a heavy heart I come on here on behalf of my cousin Ana who lost her sweet baby girl in yesterday’s senseless shooting.
‘We are deeply saddened by the lose [sic] of this sweet smart little girl…. God bless and may she R.I.P Maite Rodriguez we love you.’
Jose Flores Jr, 10
Jose Flores, 10, was also killed in the shooting after attending the honor roll ceremony, where he was pictured triumphantly clutching a certificate celebrating the accomplishment.
Uncle Christopher Salazar confirmed to the Washington Post Wednesday that his 10-year-old nephew was among the dead, after sharing a tribute to the child on Facebook.
‘I love you and I miss you,’ Salazar wrote in the post.
The boy’s father described Jose to CNN as an amazing boy and big brother to his two younger siblings.
‘He was always fill of energy,’ Jose Flores Sr. said. ‘Ready to play till the night.’
He said the boy loved playing baseball and video games.
Jackie Cazares, 10
Jackie Cazares, 10, was another to be killed during the vicious attack at the elementary school.
Her father Jacinto confirmed she lost her life inside her fourth-grade classroom.
‘My baby girl has been taken away from my family and I,’ the grieving father said in an online post.
‘We’re devastated in ways I hope no one ever goes through. … It hurts us to our souls.’
Cazares said his daughter, who was with her cousin, Annabell Rodriguez, when she died, was ‘full of life and love’.
Layla Salazar, 10
The 10-year-old student was the last of the slaying victims to be identified.
Vincent Salazar told the Philadelphia Inquirer his young daughter was among those killed.
He said she was ‘a lot of fun’ and recalled how they sang along to ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ by Guns ‘n’ Roses whenever he drove her to school.
Irma Garcia, 46 – fourth grade teacher
Irma Garcia, who co-taught with Mireles for the last five year, had been at Robb Elementary for 23 years.
Married to Joe for 24 years, she was a mother of four – Cristian, completing Marine boot camp; Jose, attending Texas State university University; Lyliana, a sophomore in high school; and Alysandra, a 7th grader.
‘My tia did not make it, she sacrificed herself protecting the kids in her classroom, i beg of you to keep my family including all of her family in y’all’s prayers , IRMA GARCIA IS HER NAME and she died a HERO,’ tweeted her nephew John.
‘She was loved by many and will truly be missed.’
She was nominated as teacher of the year for the 2018-19 awards, organized by Trinity University.
Eva Mireles, 44 – fourth grade teacher
Eva Mireles, a fourth grade teacher, was identified by her family as being one of the staff members shot dead. She had worked in education for 17 years.
Her husband Ruben Ruiz, a veteran detective and SWAT team member currently serving as a police officer with the school district, held regular active shooter drills for the schools – most recently at the end of March.
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