Before a 17-year-old student shot up a Texas high school classroom, killing multiple people, another gunman opened fire at a Trump resort in Florida. The shooting took place in the wee hours of the morning on Friday.
In an incident that was gaining very little attention on Friday amidst the school shooting, police say 42-year-old Florida resident Jonathan Oddi walked into the lobby of the Trump National Doral golf course resort on the outskirts of Miami and began firing toward staff members around 1:30 a.m., according to the Sun-Sentinel. He didn’t hit anyone, but he did start shooting his handgun at chandeliers and into the ceiling as hotel staff rushed to call the police.
The suspect had also taken an American flag from outside the hotel and brought it in with him according to USA Today. He was shouting anti-Trump rhetoric as he fired his gun.
Five police officers showed up and immediately engaged the gunman. All five reportedly fired at Oddi’s legs, disabling him but not killing him. Only one officer was injured with a broken wrist. Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez had nothing but praise for the officers.
“You know, these officers did not hesitate one second to engage this individual that was actively shooting in the lobby of the hotel. They risked their lives knowing that they had to get in there to save lives in that hotel,” Perez said.
Police believe Oddi purposefully led them into an ambush.
“He waited for our police officers in the front lobby to engage them,” Perez continued. “Our officers came up, engaged in practiced protocol and training, immediately went in and neutralized him.”
He also said, “If not for the heroic efforts of the police officers that responded here today, this individual would have caused a lot of harm. And he was not able to do that.”
President Trump was not present at the hotel during the shooting. His son Eric praised law enforcement as well.
Oddi’s motive is not entirely clear. Born in South Africa, the Doral resident is a fitness enthusiast who was also an entertainer and dancer. His gym buddy, Luis David Gonzalez, was shocked by the attack. He said Oddi liked to talk about fitness, not politics, and never expressed displeasure with Trump or the U.S. government.