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Mother of shooting rampage suspect pleads for son's innocence

Published On: Jul 10 2013 08:49:34 PM CDT
REDDING, Calif. -

More than a dozen gun-related charges were filed in the Shasta County Courthouse on Wednesday, in a case against an alleged shooting suspect.

Roman Price, 21, went on what Shasta County Sheriff’s Deputies called a "shooting rampage" in McArthur.

Investigators say Price was walking along highway 299 on Saturday night, when he started shooting at vehicles and pedestrians. No one was hit or wounded, but deputies and witnesses said children playing on a nearby soccer field ducked because they heard bullets "whizzing" over their heads.

The suspect’s mother, Jennifer Crayton, made the trip from her home in Humboldt County to attend her son’s arraignment.

"I want my son to come home. He's wrongfully accused of something,” said Crayton.

She said her son was in Shasta County with his grandparents for an annual hunting trip. Crayton said there was an altercation that left her son dazed and confused out in the small town. She claimed deputies have the wrong man.

“He's 21-years-old. I don't want him to be known as some random [shooter], like these crazy people all over the world, you know what I mean?" said Crayton. "That's not my son, at all. That is not my son."

Law enforcement officials have a different side of the story. They said Price was able to ditch the gun used in the alleged shooting. They eventually found it in his grandfather's truck.

Deputies said more than a dozen witnesses were able to positively identify price as the shooter that night.

Crayton claimed those details cannot be true, and that her son is being targeted because he is not from the area. She is still in disbelief.

Price is currently in custody in the Shasta County Jail. He was arraigned on Wednesday on ten-counts of assault with a firearm, and three-counts of discharging a firearm with gross negligence.

His bail is set at $500,000.