Texas school shooter made chilling boast about $4K plot to Wendy's co-workers & quit when he'd saved enough for 2 AR-15s

THE Texas shooter made a chilling boast about his deadly plot to his former Wendy's co-workers and quit after saving enough for two AR-15 rifles.

A former co-worker of suspected shooter Salvador Ramos described the "demented" 18-year-old as a "rude, creepy and scruffy" guy, saying she kept her distance from the teen because she felt unsafe.

Grace Cruz, 18, worked with Ramos at a Wendy's fast-food restaurant just minutes away from Robb Elementary, where on Tuesday, the 18-year-old allegedly barricaded himself in a fourth-grade classroom and opened fire – slaughtering 19 kids and two teachers.

Cruz exclusively told The US Sun that Ramos openly talked about how he was using the money from the job to buy guns and ammo and suddenly quit weeks before the school shooting after making enough.

It has been estimated that the teen would have spent around $4,000 on his weapons, ammunition and tactical-style vest.

One of the weapons the gunman bought was an $1,870 Daniel Defense weapon which he reportedly posted a receipt for on Yubo.

“He had mental problems, emotional problems, personal problems, every type of problem," Cruz said about Ramos.

“He didn’t smell, but he was definitely scruffy. Something was off about him. I didn’t feel safe around him, so I always kept my distance even though we worked the same hours."

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Cruz said the teen worked the drive-thru area, handing out orders to customers, but he would often mess up and receive complaints from patrons.

“He quit just two weeks ago, but there were a couple of times before that where he almost got fired for being rude," she added.

Cruz revealed to The US Sun that Ramos bragged to co-workers about what he intended to do with his work income.

"He told us he was saving up money for guns and ammo. We would ask him, ‘Why would you spend your money on that, spend it on a car or something useful,’" Cruz said, adding that Ramos quit after he had saved enough.

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“I guess once he got enough money, he quit and stopped showing up."


Another of Ramos’ ex co-workers at a Wendy’s said he would send inappropriate text messages to female colleagues, the Daily Beast reported.

She claimed: “He would be very rude towards the girls sometimes.”

The co-worker also alleged he sent inappropriate text messages to female colleagues.

Evening manager Adrian Mendes told CNN: “He felt like the quiet type, the one who doesn’t say much. He didn’t really socialize with employees.

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


Officials revealed that Ramos bought two weapons used in the attack on his 18th birthday.

Sources told KPRC 2 that the suspect purchased two AR platform rifles on May 17 and 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' grandfather, Rolando Reyes, told ABC News that he had no idea that his grandson had purchased the weapons or that they were in his house.

Reyes, 74, who has a past felon conviction, cannot have firearms in his house, saying he would have turned his grandson in if he knew.

The 74-year-old said there were no signs the morning of the shooting that anything unusual was going to happen.

He revealed Ramos had a minor argument with his grandmother over the payment of a phone bill, but nothing significant.

Ramos shot his grandmother moments before the deadly school shooting. The unidentified woman is in critical condition after being shot in the head.

Reyes said his grandson was quiet but would sometimes go to work with him.

"Sometimes, I'd take him to work with me. Not all the time, but sometimes. This past year he didn't go to school. He didn't graduate. You would try to tell him, but kids nowadays they think they know everything," the 74-year-old told ABC.

Reyes was out of the house on Tuesday when the teen shot his grandmother.

A neighbor called him to tell him his wife had been shot, but by the time he got back to the house, Ramos had escaped in his grandmother's car.


"The neighbor called me and said she'd been shot. When I came over here, he said he'd taken off. It still hasn't sunk in," he added. 

The Call of Duty-obsessed gunman bought two weapons, including a Daniel Defense AR-15 worth $1,870.

He posted a receipt for that purchase on the website Yubo, which was obtained by The Daily Dot on Tuesday after the shooting.

Santos Valdez Jr, who had been Ramos' friend since elementary school, said they used to play video games, including 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 his cat had attacked him before admitting that he cut his face using knives.

Valdez recalled: "I was like, 'You're crazy, bro, why would you do that?"

Ramos reportedly told Valdez that he did it for fun.

Another of Ramos' former classmates claims he would show off his collection of weapons and ammunition/

The pal, whose name was not revealed, told CNN: “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,’” the friend said.

The friend claimed that Ramos sent him a message that said he wouldn’t recognize him now compared to his school days.


So far, 17 of the 19 kids have been identified by loved ones – they are students Amerie Jo Garza, Xavier Lopez, Uziyah Garcia, Makenna Lee Elrod, Ellie Garcia, Eliahana 'Elijah Cruz' Torres, Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez, Tess Marie Mata, Lexi Rubio, Nevaeh Bravo, Rojelio Torres, Jayce Carmelo Luevanos, Jailah Nicole Silguero, Miranda Mathis, Jose Flores, Maite Yuleana and Alithia Ramirez.

The two teachers have been identified as Eva Mireles and Irma Garcia, who died while trying to protect their students.

The children killed were aged between seven and 11.

Amerie's grandmother Berlinda Irene Arreola told the Daily Beast that the gunman reportedly told students that they were going to die.

Amerie was shot dead as she tried to call 911 and her best friend was reportedly left covered in blood.

Arreola said: “She had her phone, and she called 911, and instead of grabbing it and breaking it or taking it from her, he shot her.”

She added Amerie died a hero because she tried to call the emergency services.

Amerie had just received an award for getting on the A-B honor roll.

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