A man has been arrested in San Antonio, Texas, and charged with firing shots into the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office (ICE) there.
Police in San Antonio are questioning a man who they suspect of firing into the downtown office building early on Tuesday morning, according to KSAT.
The man was accused of firing shots into the building from across the street. Fortunately, no one was hurt and officials said that the building was nearly empty at the time, in any case.
#SanAntonio: Shots fired at ICE facility around 3 am this morning. Shots came from across the highway and hit the 14th floor. No one was injured and the suspect has been caught. The name of the suspect has not been released. pic.twitter.com/rHbTxQUVU5
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NBC 4 reported that the shooting occurred at around 3 AM on Tuesday.
“I don’t think there’s a question that they knew which floors the ice offices were,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Chris Combs told the media on Tuesday.
“All of the shots that we have found are on the floors where ICE had offices,” Combs added. “This is no question a very targeted attack. It’s not a secret facility, you can go online, it’s out there. So they did some research, they knew what floors ICE was on, they knew what buildings they were and they hit those.”
Neither the San Antonio Police nor the federal government were interested in confirming that the ICE offices were an actual target of the shooter. But the investigation continues into the man’s motives.
But ICE ERO San Antonio Field Office Director Daniel Bible denounced the shooting.
“This attack at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Field Office in San Antonio is completely without justification,” Bible in a statement. “Political rhetoric and misinformation that various politicians, media outlets and activist groups recklessly disseminate to the American people regarding the ICE mission only serve to further encourage these violent acts. ICE officers put their lives on the line each and every day to keep our communities safe. This disturbing public discourse shrouds our critical law enforcement function and unnecessarily puts our officers’ safety at risk.”
The FBI’s Combs also added that it was important to discourage copycats.
“We are concerned that there could be additional attacks, we have to stop that,” Combs said. “We cannot allow political discourse to lead us to the point of violence, where federal employees, innocent people doing their jobs are put in harms way.”
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