A single mother has a litany of questions about her 19-year-old son’s death. Her son was shot and killed by a customer who was eating with his family when, armed with a handgun, her son approached the customer and demanded he hand over his money. One of the questions the mother asked is, “Why shoot him four more times? Why did he shoot him five times?”
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Cynthia Ruiz spoke to a San Antonio news outlet to describe that she felt when she heard the news that her son, Andrew Herrera, had been shot and killed after he tried to rob a Popeyes restaurant.
According to KSAT12, Cynthia recalled she collapsed and began sobbing uncontrollably when officers told her of her son’s death.
Herrera entered the fast food restaurant with his face covered by a mask and a hoodie. Herrera approached a family who was eating and demanded the father over any money he had in his wallet.
According to the police report, Herrera was informed by the family that they had spent all the money they had on the food they just purchased. Eyewitnesses claim the teen then began to get flustered and started pointing his weapon at the staff of the restaurant demanding they give him all the money in the register.
As he turned away from the family he had just tried to rob, the father of the family pulled his concealed firearm and shot him multiple times. A police spokesperson defended the father’s actions by stating: “Here in Texas, if you’re in fear of loss of life, loss of property, you have a right to defend yourself.”
Cynthia understands what her son did was wrong and had no doubt he deserved to be punished, but she thinks his deteriorating mental state had a large part to do with the robbery, which Cynthia considered uncharacteristic.
Cynthia says her son had suffered from bipolar disorder since he was a young boy and having to constantly be sedated was starting to take a toll on him. According to Cynthia, her son told her weeks before the shooting, “What is life? Being on medicine all the time and I’m sleeping? I’m missing life.”
The single mother informed police that she wants to see the video of her son’s shooting, but law enforcement has yet to state if there was indeed video surveillance in the restaurant.
Police suspect Herrera in other open armed robbery cases.