Who is Angeli Gomez? Mother blames cops for HANDCUFFING parents, 'doing nothing' as Texas massacre unfolded
UVALDE, TEXAS: On Tuesday, 24 May, a mother of two children at Robb Elementary School claims authorities detained her while the gunman was shooting kids inside the school. Angeli Rose Gomez, a mother of a second-grader and a third-grader, told the Wall Street Journal that she went 40 kilometers to the Uvalde school and was one of several parents screaming and yelling at the authorities to enter the school sooner so that 18-year-old shooter Salvador Ramos could be taken out.
According to the Journal, after a few minutes, a US Marshall placed her in handcuffs and informed her that she was being held for interfering with an ongoing investigation. According to officials, Ramos was slain by a specialist US Border Patrol tactical unit after almost an hour. During that period, he killed 19 students and two professors. Gomez recognized a couple of Uvalde police officers and persuaded them to inform the marshals that the cuffs should be removed. She moved away from the mob after being liberated, vaulted the school gate, raced inside the school building, and retrieved her two children. She said that the three of them dashed out of the school together. Gomez told the Journal that she chose to enter the school herself because cops were "doing nothing" outside the facility.
“They were just standing outside the fence,” she said. A US Marshals Service spokeswoman rejected her claim, telling the Journal that deputy marshals never cuffed anyone outside the school. Parents' anguished wails were recorded on film as they watched police linger outside the school building, fearing for their children's life. “They weren’t going in there or running anywhere.”The mother said she wasn't the only parent who had been singled out by authorities at the scene, which she characterized as chaotic. She claims she witnessed officers tackling a parent to the ground and pepper-spraying another. When a third father approached a school bus with children on board to pick up his child, officers tasered him, she added. “They didn’t do that to the shooter, but they did that to us,” Gomez informed the Journal, referring to herself and other parents. “That’s how it felt.”
On Tuesday, May 24, teen gunman Salvador Ramos opened fire at a Texas elementary school, killing over a dozen children and more than one adult. At least 19 students were slain at Robb Elementary School, bringing the total death toll to 21. A teacher and a second school staff are among the other casualties. The Texas Department of Public Safety, US Customs and Border Protection, and a number of other local authorities all responded to the fatal shooting in the little town roughly 60 miles east of the Mexican border. In a statement, Gov. Greg Abbott stated, “Texans across the state are grieving for the victims of this senseless crime and for the community of Uvalde." “Cecilia and I mourn this horrific loss and we urge all Texans to come together to show our unwavering support to all who are suffering. We thank the courageous first responders who worked to finally secure Robb Elementary School.”