The distraught mother of the Uvalde school shooter, Salvador Ramos, told the press that her son was “not a monster” but admitted that he could “be aggressive” sometimes.
“I had an uneasy feeling sometimes, like ‘what are you up to?'” Adriana Reyes told ABC News’ Chief National Correspondent Matt Gutman in an interview outside her home. “He can be aggressive… If he really got mad.”
“We all have a rage, that some people have it more than others,” Reyes continued.
“My son wasn’t a violent person. I’m surprised by what he did,” said the mother about the shooting. “I pray for those families. I’m praying for all of those innocent children, yes I am. They [the children] had no part in this.”
“Those kids… I have no words,” Reyes said with tears coming to her eyes. “I don’t know what to say about those poor kids.”
When talking to DailyMail, Reyes denied reports that her and her son had a bad relationship, but she did admit that Ramos “kept to himself and didn’t have many friends.”
Her son stands accused of murdering 19 students and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, according to law enforcement. There were another 17 people wounded in the attack and three of them were officers.
Watch her full remarks to CNN below at the YouTube link.
Reyes’ son purchased two AR style rifles on the day that he turned 18 and eight days later carried out the second-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history. The first victim of Ramos was the gunman’s own grandmother. He posted the rifles on social media and tagged people with them in threatening messages before carrying it out.
Shortly before the shooting, the gunman posted on Facebook “I’m going to shoot my grandmother” 30-minutes before going to the school. He then posted “I shot my grandmother,” and 15-minutes before showing up at the school, he posted “I’m going to shoot an elementary school.” This was discovered in a statement by Gov. Greg Abbott shortly after the shooting.
Police have since been criticized for their response to the tragedy and reports show that law enforcement refused to breach the classroom where Ramos was for up to an hour for fear of being “shot,” said a Texas Department of Safety representative to Wolf Blitzer.
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