ICE Texas Shootings: Agency Blames 'Misinformation' About Trump Administration's Detention Policies From Politicians, Media and Activists
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has hit out at its detractors following overnight shootings at two of its offices in San Antonio, Texas.
The shootings reportedly took place at around 3 a.m. on Tuesday, with staff reportedly working in at least one of the two neighboring offices that came under fire.
While no one was injured in the attack, Christopher Combs, head of the FBI's San Antonio operations, warned that had the bullets "gone two inches in another direction...we could be here today talking about the murder of a federal official."
Calling the shootings "cowardly, brazen, violent acts," Combs said that whoever had fired the shots appeared to have done "some research" because "they knew what floors ICE was on, and they hit those."
In a statement, ICE laid blame for the incident on "political rhetoric" and "misinformation" around the Trump administration's detention policies.
"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," the agency said in a statement provided to NBC News through its San Antonio office.
"ICE officers put their lives on the line each and every day to keep our communities safe," the statement said. "This disturbing public discourse shrouds our critical law enforcement function and unnecessarily puts our officers' safety at risk."
In a photo shared on Twitter by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli, a shattered window with a bullet hole can be seen at one of the office buildings.
"Here's a photo of one of the bullet holes from this morning," Cuccinelli wrote. "USCIS stands with ICE as they work to enforce our laws and keep Americans safe!"
So far, the FBI has yet to identify any suspects in the shooting.
Combs said the agency would be staying vigilant, however, warning that investigators are concerned that there could be further attacks aimed at ICE.
"We cannot allow political discourse to lead us to the point of violence, where federal employees, innocent people doing their jobs, are put in harm's way," he said.
Newsweek has reached out to ICE for comment on this article.
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