Texas Republican Tony Gonzalez says that Uvalde school shooter Salvador Ramos was arrested four years ago after he said that he would commit a shooting when he turns 18.
Gonzalez made the comments on Friday morning during an interview with Fox News. Additional reports stated that this was untrue, with Fox reporting outright that it was not an accurate assessment. Gonzalez later walked back his comments.
"This wasn't hearsay. I got this late last night: 'The shooter was arrested years ago, four years ago, for having this plan for basically saying, for saying, you know, when I’m a senior in 2022, I am going to shoot up a school.'
"Something fell between the cracks between then and now to allow this to happen. We need to shake out all the facts," he said.
"We need to figure out what happened. Where the holes and we need to make sure it doesn’t happen again," Gonzalez went on.
"But if law enforcement, you know, identified him four years ago as a threat, we need to figure out why he wasn’t – you know, how he got removed from that," he said.
"I'm under the impression that him and another person were having a conversation, plotting things out.
"The police looked into it and arrested him. He went to juvenile, from what I can gather, he went to a correctional facility," he said, according to Daily Mail.
After this reporting, Fox News Bill Melugin said that the report from Gonzalez was incorrect, per information from DPS and Texas Rangers.
And Gonzalez walked back his claim.
This is a breaking story and will be updated.
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