“My son was broken,” Family says Army veteran who went on shooting rampage changed after deployment

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Sources identified the gunman as Dionisio Garza, 25, originally from Rancho Cucamonga. Tom Wait reports.

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif.-  Family members were stunned after authorities say the man they knew was responsible for a shooting rampage in Houston.

Authorities say Dionisio Garza III was shot and killed Sunday after he used a high-powered rifle and a pistol to shoot seven people.

One of those victims died from his injuries.

“That boy that did that horrific thing was not Dionisio Garza. It’s not the boy I’ve raised. It’s not the boy I’ve known,” Michelle Garza, Dionisio’s mother, told KPRC.

After graduating from high school, family members say Dionisio joined the Army and was deployed to Afghanistan.

However, they say he changed after losing several friends during deployment.

His father told KPRC that he “felt like he couldn’t love anymore” and that he felt “like a blank sheet of paper.”

In the days before the shooting, family members say that Garza became obsessed with conspiracies that the dollar was collapsing and the world was about to end.

When he went to visit a friend in Texas, family members say they were concerned but say Garza never threatened to hurt anyone.

 

When they received the call from Garza’s friend about the shooting, they were stunned.

“Something snapped. It wasn’t him anymore. I’m not making excuses, no excuses. I know he did this, but it wasn’t him anymore. My son was broken,” his father said.

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