Mother of accused Dollar General shooter says stress “just took a toll on him”

Viola Green embraces her son Travis Green during his arraignment on November 15th.  He is accused of being an active shooter outside the Dollar General store. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
Viola Green embraces her son Travis Green during his arraignment on November 15th.  He is accused of being an active shooter outside the Dollar General store. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

CHEEKTOWAGA – Viola Green says her son was under pressure because he lost a construction job two months ago, was hurt at another job, and was facing the pending dissolution of his relationship with his wife.  It all, “just took a toll on him.”

“The pressure was building up over time as far as me talking with him and he talking with me.  It was building up over time and then by him having the body injury as a construction worker nine years ago – all the pain in his body – and the care and the cure that’s not helping him and his wife wants the separation, I believe he just got fed up,” said Ms. Green.

A few hours before police say Travis Green opened fire on the Dollar General store, his mom says he was laughing, joking, and wanted to read the bible with her.

“We read Leviticus 6 and I asked him if he got the understanding of it and he said that we all should come together, and I said true, now you can just go on with your life,” added Ms. Green.

Soon after Ms. Green and Mr. Green got into their cars and that’s when he drove to the store.

“When I found out I was just devastated. I got off of work this morning at 1:30 so I went to sleep and I’m just waking up to this,” said Ms. Green. 

Standing next to her son while he was being arraigned Wednesday morning in Cheektowaga Justice Court Ms. Green asked him why.

“Why? Why would you do that? I asked him if he was okay. He said I’m alright,” said Ms. Green.

 She says he bought the weapons just after his step-father passed away around seven years ago.

Reflecting on the upcoming legal issues he faces Ms. Green says, “He needs his peace right now, he needs his comfort, he needs his rest and right now he’s going to get it, and thank God he is still alive.”

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