‘It was hard to keep the tears down’: Mother of toddler who died in school has spoken of her anguish and sadness over child’s death

“It was tough to keep them down,” says a mother who lost her 12-year-old son in a school shooting.

She told ABC News the gunman fired a shot that tore through her son’s torso and left his head exposed in a hallway, where a teacher helped save him.

The mother said the shooter, who has been identified as 27-year old Daniel Williams, was the only person in the classroom who had any training.

“I didn’t know him.

I thought he was a guy from the street,” she said.

“It wasn’t like he was the type of guy that you would go out and shoot somebody and leave it at that.”

The gunman was also charged with multiple counts of first-degree murder in the death of the child’s teacher, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Williams, who worked in a private elementary school in central Florida, was a teacher at Lake Worth High School.

ABC News was not able to independently confirm that Williams was a former teacher.

He has been charged with first- and second-degree murders in the July 5 shooting that killed 14-yearold Noah Arntz and injured a fifth-grader.

Arntz was a member of a class of first graders who attended the school in Lake Worth, Florida.ABC News’ Emily K. Jones, Matthew Daly, Katie Stensland, Emily E. Johnson and Michael J. Weber contributed to this report.