Multiple news sources are reporting that an unidentified man shouting “anti-Trump sentiment[s]” and carrying an American flag and a firearm, opened fire at the Trump National Doral Miami resort in West Miami-Dade, Florida last night. A shoot-out with police followed, in which the perpetrator was shot.
The man — identified as Jonathan Oddi, 42, who was not a guest at the resort — waited in the lobby for police officers to arrive before luring them into a gunfight, authorities said. During the gunfight, the unidentified man was struck several times in the lower body. No workers at the resort or guests were injured. A Doral cop hurt his wrist.
“This guy was ready for war, he was waiting for our officers to come in,” Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez told Miami radio station 610 WIOD.
Perez said the man was “yelling and spewing some information about President Trump.” Although the exact words were unclear, Perez said it was an “anti-Trump sentiment” and the shooter “had an American flag that he did drape over the counter…..”
Authorities also said they are not ruling out terrorism, Police told WPLG that the suspect repeatedly called 911 and was actively shooting in an attempt to draw authorities inside.
The U.S. Secret Service, responsible for the security of the President, announced that “Special Agents from the Miami Field Office are on the scene and working closely with our law enforcement partners.”
The resort is owned by President Donald Trump, though he was not present during the attack.
Last year, a man apparently motivated by hatred for Trump and the Republican Party attacked a GOP Congressional baseball practice in Virginia, leaving several seriously wounded, including Congressman Steve Scalise (R-La.)
A news media determined to bring down the President, coupled with the polarizing effects of social media are not having a positive effect on our national discourse.