Cousin Of Uvalde Mass Shooter Arrested After Allegedly Threatening To Shoot Up School

A 17-year-old boy who reportedly is the cousin of the Uvalde, Texas, teenage school shooter — who murdered 19 students and two teachers at Robb Elementary in May 2022 — was arrested in San Antonio after his mother reported he was planning to shoot up an elementary school.

Court documents state that the mother — who said her son was on probation and was intoxicated when he issued the threats — said her son was planning to “do the same thing” as the Uvalde school shooter and that she overheard him on the phone trying to buy an AR-15 illegally, Fox 29 reported.

Court documents also state the teenager had boasted to his sister of what he would do to the school. The sister told authorities that her brother was riding in the car with her and threatened to shoot her in the head and “shoot the school.” She said she believed her brother would carry out his threats. The family lives near an elementary school.

Edgewood Independent School District SD released this statement:

Edgewood ISD has been made aware a teenager is now in police custody accused of making a threat against a school on the city’s west side. Edgewood ISD is committed to the safety and security of all students, faculty, and staff. Each campus has an assigned Safety Officer. We encourage everyone to report any suspicious activity; if you see something, say something.

The cousin was booked into the Bexar County Jail on Monday afternoon.

The fallout from the Robb Elementary shooting included the Uvalde school board voting to fire police chief Pete Arredondo and the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District recommending that Arredondo be fired.

Details on the police response to the shooting found that roughly 400 law enforcement officers responded to the scene of the shooting, but the shooter remained in the classroom for 77 minutes before officers breached the door and killed him.

Footage of the school’s hallway showed officers standing outside the classroom for over an hour while the shooter was still in the classroom with the victims, some of whom were still alive and calling 911 for help.

Ryan Saavedra contributed to this article.

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