Salvador Ramos' mother believes her son wasn't a violent person


Mother of Texas gunman says son was 'not a monster,' could be 'aggressive'
Mother of Texas elementary school shooter says her son, 18, was NOT a violent guy, but rather a loner - as she stands by HER mother's side after he shot her in the face at the outset of the spree.

In an interview with ABC News this week, the mother of the 18-year-old shooter suspected of killing 21 people at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, said her son was "not a monster," but that he could "be violent."

"Sometimes I had an unpleasant sense, like 'what are you up to?'" In an interview at her home, Adriana Reyes told ABC News' Chief National Correspondent Matt Gutman. "If he's very angry, he may be aggressive."

Authorities say Reyes' son, suspected shooter Salvador Ramos, bought two assault weapons the day after he turned 18 and used them to carry out the second-deadliest school shooting in US history in just eight days.

The attack killed twenty-one persons, including 19 third- and fourth-graders, according to law enforcement officials. Two instructors were also slain. A total of 17 individuals were injured, including three police officers. Ramos' grandmother, who authorities believe was the gunman's first victim, is in a stable condition at the hospital.

"We all have wrath," Reyes added, "but some individuals have it more than others."

Throughout the conversation, Reyes expressed compassion for the children who were slain and the parents who lost them, but she said she was unaware that her son was purchasing the guns.

Ramos was notorious for fighting and intimidating pupils, according to classmates who spoke to ABC News. They stated he had been acting strangely for the last two years, threatening at least one student and stalking others, and claiming to have cut marks on his face.