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Shooter Targets Trump Resort While Shouting About President, Terrorism Not Ruled Out

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A man was arrested early Friday morning after an apparent attempt to ambush police officers in the lobby of Trump National Doral Golf Club near Miami, Florida, Fox News reported.

Around 1:30 a.m. EST, Doral and Miami-Dade officers were called to the scene after receiving reports of an active shooter. According to police, the suspect was shouting “anti-Trump sentiment” and began shooting at the officers when they confronted him.

“The shooter, identified as 42-year-old Doral resident Jonathan Oddi, burst into the property for unknown reasons and draped an American flag over a lobby counter while spraying bullets,” Fox News reported.

Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez told Miami radio station 610 WIOD that the gunman was “yelling and spewing some information about President Trump.” Perez said while the exact words were difficult to understand, it was clearly an “anti-Trump sentiment” and the shooter “had an American flag that he did drape over the counter.”

“This guy was ready for war, he was waiting for our officers to come in,” Perez said.

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“It appears he was trying to engage our police officers … in some type of ambush-style attack,” he continued. “He prepared the area for battle.”

According to police, “the suspect repeatedly called 911 and was actively shooting in an attempt to draw authorities inside,” Fox reported.

After engaging in a shootout with police, the gunman was eventually neutralized and is currently hospitalized for multiple gunshots in the legs, but said to be in stable condition. No guests or employees were injured, authorities said.

One officer suffered a broken wrist, according to Fox News, but that was the only injury reported other than Oddi’s.

“In my opinion, they probably saved a hell of a lot of lives today, because this could have gone a lot worse,” Perez told WIOD.

The Secret Service were also on the scene, investigating the incident.

“The U.S. Secret Service is aware of shooting that took place early this morning at the Trump National Doral Golf Club in Doral, FL,” the Secret Service said in a statement. “Special Agents from the Miami Field Office are on the scene and working closely with our law enforcement partners.”

The president’s son, Eric Trump, tweeted a message of thanks to police on Friday morning.

“A huge thank you to the incredible men and women of the @DoralPolice Department and @MiamiDadePD,” he wrote.

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The golf resort where the incident occurred, previously known as the Doral Resort & Spa, was purchased by the Trump Organization in 2012.

Law enforcement were at the shooter’s home Friday morning and preparing to search the property.

Authorities said they were not ruling out terrorism.

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Rebekah Baker is the former deputy managing editor of The Western Journal.
Rebekah Baker is the former deputy managing editor of The Western Journal. She graduated from Grove City College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She has written hundreds of articles on topics like the sanctity of life, free speech and freedom of religion.
Education
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
Location
Phoenix, Arizona
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English
Topics of Expertise
Politics, Faith




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