Cops call BS over pro-gun Uvalde Rep. Tony Gonzales’ wild claim about shooter Salvador Ramos

The gun-friendly Republican congressman representing Uvalde, who has come under fire this week for dodging questions about gun control and previously boasting about opposing gun legislation, claimed Friday morning he had “new information” that the School gunman Salvador Ramos was arrested four years ago for threatening to shoot down a school.

But the claim appears to be false, according to a local media report and the officer’s spouse who investigated at the time.

“It wasn’t hearsay. I got this late last night: ‘The shooter was arrested years ago, four years ago, because he had this plan, basically saying he said, you know, when I’m a senior in 2022, I’m going to school shoot him,’” Rep. Tony Gonzales told Fox News. “Something fell between the cracks between then and now to make this possible. We have to shake out all the facts.”

He appeared to be describing a well-publicized 2018 incident in which two Morales Junior High students, ages 13 and 14, were held in juvenile detention after school officials uncovered a detailed plot to carry out a school shooting in 2022 , which would be her last year at Uvalde High School.

But the partner of Christopher Kindell, the Texas state police officer who investigated the case in 2018, told The Daily Beast on Friday that Gonzales “got his shit so wrong.”

Kindell has investigated “thousands of cases” and remembered them if Ramos’ name had come up, she said, adding that Gonzales’ claim was “ridiculous.”

Fox News correspondent Bill Melugin also reported that the Texas Department of Public told him Gonzales was wrong. In fact, two teenagers were arrested in 2018 for the conspiracy, but Ramos was not one of them.

Gonzales later took to Twitter to say it was “now unclear if the shooter was either of the two children being held” – but he doubled down on his claim that mental health was the biggest concern.

“If this wasn’t the shooter, then we need to find out who these kids are, where they are now, and if they were classmates of the shooter,” he said. “There is a clear need for mental health resources in our community.” Cops call BS over pro-gun Uvalde Rep. Tony Gonzales’ wild claim about shooter Salvador Ramos


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