Mom Of Robber Killed By Citizen Hero: Why Did He Shoot Him Five Times?

The mother of the suspect is questioning why the man shot her son multiple times during the botched robbery.

San Antonio, TX - The mother of a man who was fatally shot by a good Samaritan during an armed robbery is questioning what happened to her son.

The botched robbery occurred Dec. 6 at about 9 p.m. at a Popeyes Chicken on South Flores Street that was full of customers, according to KSAT.

Police said Andrew Herrera, 19, was wearing a hoodie and a mask when he entered the South Side restaurant with a gun and confronted the good Samaritan, Carlos Molina, 32, and his family, according to Time.

Molina was eating at the fried chicken chain with his family when Herrera demanded that he hand over his property and threatened his children with a gun, police say.

According to KABB, Molina told Herrera that he had no money and asked whether his family could leave. Most of the family left the restaurant, but Herrera then pointed the gun at two of Molina’s children as they walked out of a restroom.

In response, Molina drew his licensed handgun and shot Herrera several times, police said.

Herrera died of acute lead poisoning.

Cynthia Ruiz, Herrera's mother, said she understands the man who shot her son was defending his family, but questioned whether shooting him five times was necessary.

She said she wants to see the surveillance video.

“Why shoot him four more times? Why did he shoot him five times?” she asked.

A police spokesman later said, “Here in Texas, if you’re in fear of loss of life, loss of property, you have a right to defend yourself.”

A spokeswoman for the SAPD said that no other information could be released due to the active investigation, according to KSAT.

She said that Trevon Atkinson, a second person involved in the Popeyes robbery, told her that Herrera's gun was unloaded.

Atkinson, who was the getaway driver, was arrested on Friday, Dec. 8, on aggravated robbery charges in the incident.

Both Herrera and Atkinson are believed to have been involved in numerous other robberies, according to the SAPD, who did not release further information.

A room card found with Herrera’s body at Popeye's linked back to a hotel room rented by Atkinson. Inside, police found jewelry price tags from an EZPAWN that they believe Herrera robbed the day before attempting to rob the Popeye’s, according to KSAT.

Comments (48)
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bronx163
bronx163

Well maybe you shoukd of raised you son better.
Threatened robbery vics kids and to kill them.
Ohhh well. Pick the wrong place and person to rob.
Another savage gone from the earth. Why did he shoot her 5x? Why did your son terrorize children who were only there to use the bathroom and eat. Would u rather have your son kill the family who there to just eat and use the bathroom?
Pathetic. Your son determined his demise.

bronx163
bronx163

Typo meant him not her re perp savage

cbjoasurf
cbjoasurf

My answer would have been "because he was still quivering and I was in fear for my life"

RME2196
RME2196

The mom of the “bad guy” said why was he shot 5 times?!?! Maybe that’s all the bullets the hero guy had....OR here’s a novel idea, how about don’t do crime and you won’t be shot if in fact the occasion presents itself?!?!?

cayman2020
cayman2020

Because he didn't have 6 rounds.

Poileas
Poileas

"Until the threat stops"

Pops77
Pops77

Training is you shoot till the threat is over. I question How you raise your son. A He is a punk thug B He committed robbery's C He waved a gun in the faces of little kids.

JBo
JBo

Do stupid stuff...count on a bad ending.

davidebrwn
davidebrwn

Maybe because her son was willing to shoot someone else? I comes down to, he recieved the pain he was prepaired to put on someone... For money

Rkidsrcops
Rkidsrcops

Praise the gentleman defending his family. Everyone who does this type of things should have the same ending. The mother probably did not mind the gifts he stole to give her that finally cost him his life. He probably passed a job hiring sign to go rob Popeyes

Gotyour6
Gotyour6

I would be so embarrassed and angry if my child committed armed robbery and brandished a weapon at children. I wouldn’t have the audacity to publicly speak out against someone who protected their own children from the danger my child put them in. Sure, I’d be devastated to lose my son, but if he committed a crime like this, I’d keep my mouth shut and mourn in private.

shortandsassy
shortandsassy

I can't believe she has the nerve to question this. This wasn't the first armed robbery he'd committed, he knew at some point, he could end up dead. Yes I feel sad for her, but her son brought it on himself. Doesn't matter if the gun was unloaded, no one else knew that

RonzoDad
RonzoDad

Instead of asking why did he have to shoot my son 5 times, she should be asking 'why did my son point a gun at someone's children and threaten them if money wasn't handed over'.

Kaystew
Kaystew

She is question why the good guy shot the rotton thug 5 times. Because he ran out of bullets.

Sickandtired
Sickandtired

If someone points a gun at my children, I am pulling the trigger until I am out of bullets. I am not taking the chance he may get a shot off.

Ddoubleu
Ddoubleu

Question, why didn’t she raise her kid better.? Where is the father figure? Go figure....

spclopr8tr
spclopr8tr

Atkinson should be charged in the death of his partner in crime. You shoot until the threat is neutralized. It sometimes takes more than one shot to hit a critical organ or nerve to completely disable.

LaneysSis
LaneysSis

I see she must already have an attorney if she has a life size photo of her criminal son. Who wouldn't have done the same in that situation? Just shooting once to protect your family is just nit enough.

I.AM.ME.YOU.ARE.YOU.
I.AM.ME.YOU.ARE.YOU.

My guess is that she's not very familiar with guns and doesn't understand that sometimes 1 shot is not enough to stop the threat or there's a possibility that the round misses the target.. In a situation like that, fear and adrenaline are pumping at an insane rate and that man fired the amount of shots HE felt required to shoot to stop the threat. It's THAT individuals perspective that needs to be taken into account not someone else's. Especially if that person wasn't there in the moment. I feel bad for the mother because no parent should have to bury their child, but her child is the one that caused the situation in the first place and that father took advantage of the small window of opportunity to save his family.

crzycop3
crzycop3

ammo is getting expensive, more than 5 is cost prohibitive

jmp022871
jmp022871

You point a gun at a parent's kids, and you think they're going to stop after firing only one? Get real. I'm surprised they stopped at 5. You trigger a "Child in Danger" situation and it's YOUR child? You don't usually stop until that gun goes "click - clickety - click-click!"

Deny
Deny

Maybe he shot him 5 times because he ran out of bullets! That would have been my reasoning!

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

play stupid games win stupid prizes...

CopsKidTwo
CopsKidTwo

Forgive the tangent, but do you remember seeing in the news not too long ago, that a certain group of people were demanding restitution because their ancestors were brought to the US as slaves? If the actions of one group of people committed OVER a century ago, somehow require restitution (in liberal's minds), then this woman should be accountable for her child's actions, right? So, she should be required to pay restitution to all of the victims her son robbed, right? Bare minimum, why isn't this epic failure of a mother begging forgiveness from the people her kid robbed or tried to rob? Seems to me that she's a perpetual victim in her own mind.

I-am-me
I-am-me

Maybe she should of taught her son to not rob people then he would of not be in the position to be shot. The mom is just another money hungry twit looking to make money off of her son. maybe in place of being a failure of a mom she should of been teaching him respect as in respect others and their property,

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Here's a case of a good boy gone bad but he was turning his life around.........Great job Mom and Dad....Your parenting or lack of that helped to contribute to what happened.

MSP Trooper
MSP Trooper

The world is better place without scum like this! Do us a favor don't have anymore like him!

Buckeye
Buckeye

Threaten me or my family? I'm shooting you until you hit the dirt.

ProCop
ProCop

Only five? Did he miss at all? I'd have emptied the entire cylinder/magazine on the scum. If for no other reason than to make sure that if he survived the gunshots he'd die of lead poisoning before they could dig it all out.
To "momma"- you blew your chances lady. A child raised properly would never consider earning his living by stealing from others.
Unless, maybe, they're a Democrat.

ProCop
ProCop

@I-am-me The article has no revelation as to whether this mother or son arrived via chain migration, legal immigration, or whether he's an anchor baby, etc, etc, etc.
I'm always a bit suspicious of why some information is frequently left out when certain groups are engaged in criminal behavior but a life history is presented when a caucasian is involved.

robdman
robdman

I wish they shot that piece of shot a hundred times!

NurseTea
NurseTea

Hmmmm? You point a gun at folks and just expect one bullet? Come on. I got 5 in the gun you are getting 5 in you.

Xaria
Xaria

First let me address one thing before I say what I have too about Dumb and her child. I am a liberal, Ameeican born gun totting Libeeal so please stop bashing Liberals not all of us are idiots or snowflakes! Dumbass momma you are lucky it was only 5 my glock holds 14 and I promise they all would have been in your spawn point a gun at my kids, loaded or not he was ginna die it was just a matter of time until it happened, they do t teach you to shoot once the teach you to shoot untl you are sure there is no threat one is giid 14 are better

Jfe3
Jfe3

Why? He only had 5 bullets. That’s why I have extended magazines so I don’t have to stop at 5...

Chrispy
Chrispy

Why? He was still twitching

Hippo
Hippo

Life tip. I have never robbed a business and guess what? I have never been shot 5 times. Pretty good advice isn't it?

Shaebedi
Shaebedi

Because his gun didn't hold 6 rounds...

Doc45
Doc45

Maybe because he was too stupid to die with the first four? Your the reason because that is a stupid question form a stupid person.

Doc45
Doc45

She said that Trevon Atkinson, a second person involved in the Popeyes robbery, told her that Herrera's gun was unloaded. You or the shooter gonna believe a lying ass robber?

I-am-me
I-am-me

ProCop where did I say anything about where they were from? 4 days

@I-am-me The article has no revelation as to whether this mother or son arrived via chain migration, legal immigration, or whether he's an anchor baby, etc, etc, etc.
I'm always a bit suspicious of why some information is frequently left out when certain groups are engaged in criminal behavior but a life history is presented when a caucasian is involved.

Frenchtowngirl
Frenchtowngirl

I am a mother too but the question should be if your son was bringing money in and maybe not working or work a low paying job why didn't you stop him, have him arrested. Did you not notice? I told my sons live by the sword die by the sword. It doesn't matter how many bullets, that man's kids have to live with that terror every day. So shame on you for not stepping in. If a robber comes to your house and point a gun at your kids you would probably reload.

Marlis
Marlis

Why did he shoot him five times? Maybe he ran out of bullets.

BurgessKrell
BurgessKrell

Why didn't this so called mother breed a better kid? Perhaps she should be prosecuted for setting a monster loose upon society.

Rhale
Rhale

Sounds like the mother is as much an idiot as her son.

PahrumpMania
PahrumpMania

Gun jammed.

Oreo6204
Oreo6204

Because once you start shooting you don't stop the its empty. Does matter that gun was unloaded no one else knew that. I'd done the same.

Barbie39
Barbie39

Her son is dead because he is a criminal. What's more disturbing is shes smiling holding a picture of her dead son. Sick

shortchick
shortchick

I can't even imagine seeing someone pointing a gun at my two kids. I would've only shot five times, too; I only carry a revolver.