WASHINGTON (AP) The man charged in the fatal shooting of his son in Virginia says he is not a racist and is proud to be American.
Ramiro “Randy” Gonzalez Jr., 37, told a Fairfax County court Wednesday he shot his 4-year-old son after a verbal argument.
He said he had been drinking with his mother at a gas station on the night of the incident and did not want to see her again.
The boy was taken to a hospital, where he died.
Randy Gonzalez Sr. and his wife were in the parking lot and heard the shot, according to court documents.
He told police that his son was standing in the back of the car, his hands in the air and he was trying to run away when he was shot.
The boy’s death has reignited a national debate over gun violence, which has spiked in recent years.
Some politicians have suggested stricter gun control laws would curb gun violence.
In a Facebook post, Gonzalez Jr. said he did not know who was responsible for the shooting, and that he was sorry to see it happen.
“I am the father of a 4-month-old boy and have lost my trust in the law enforcement system.
I am very proud of my American citizenship and am proud to serve my country with honor,” he wrote.