One of the major cities in south-central Texas, San Antonio, witnessed a huge incident on Tuesday morning after the ICE offices were shot at. The FBI agents, who have opened an investigation on the ICE offices shooting as an “assault on a federal official case”, arrested a man as a suspect in the case on the same day.
As per the investigations, the shots were fired around 3 a.m. local time into one of the buildings, housing the ICE offices. Another round of firing held at another nearby building, where an ICE contractor was located. Though the federal employees were present inside the building, none of the employees were injured.
The ICE officials claimed that the arrested man fired shots from across the highway into the windows of the building. Since, the building did not have bulletproof windows, at least one shot penetrated a window.
Though the FBI agents have not related the ICE offices shooting incident to their previous detention acts, where in they detained around 700 undocumented immigrants from seven Mississippi food-processing plants, some analysts believe it to be the root cause of the entire shooting.
The detention of the undocumented immigrants was widely condemned by the family members of the arrested ones, who appealed for their release. Though some of the detainees were released the same day, many others remained in the custody.
The FBI, which is thoroughly reviewing the surveillance footage of the area, said that a number of people and vehicles fired numerous rounds into the ICE facility.
Christopher Combs, FBI special agent in charge for San Antonio, said, “We had federal employees who were present, who although they were not hit by the rounds fired, by the grace of God. Had the bullets gone 2 inches in another direction, we could be here today talking about the murder of a federal official.”
An unknown number of individuals and vehicles pulled up and “fired numerous rounds into the ICE facility,” said Combs, adding that he doesn’t “think there is a question that they knew which floors the ICE offices were on.”
The all of a sudden firing in a federal facility is a condemnable act, which possess greater threat to the lives of the officials residing in the area and a larger possibility of such acts in future. It is a clear act of violence and protest against ICE officials’ acts, who act on the behalf of the government.
In the same context, many in the country believe that the misinformation about the politicians, media outlets and activist groups could be a major reason behind the ICE offices shooting.