FBI issues warning after recent shootings

World Monday 05/August/2019 16:26 PM
By: Times News Service
FBI issues warning after recent shootings

Washington: The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Sunday warned that domestic extremists could be inspired by recent mass shootings in the US states of Texas and Ohio.

"The FBI remains concerned that US-based domestic violent extremists could become inspired by these and previous high-profile attacks to engage in similar acts of violence," said the federal agency in a statement.

"The FBI asks the American public to report to law enforcement any suspicious activity that is observed either in person or online," it added.

The shootings occurred in El Paso, in the US state of Texas, and in Dayton, in the state of Ohio.

Occurring just hours apart this weekend, the two shootings have left at least 29 people dead and over 50 injured.

Six Mexicans were among the people killed in the shooting spree, while another seven Mexicans were among the injured.

Authorities are treating the El Paso incident as an act of domestic terrorism.

After the attack, FBI Director Christopher Wray said, "On behalf of the FBI, I offer sincere condolences to the victims, families, and communities affected by this weekend’s violence, and we stand by them during this difficult time. We will bring the full resources of the FBI to bear in the pursuit of justice for the victims of these crimes.”

“I am proud of our state and local law enforcement partners and the immediate response of FBI agents, analysts, and professional staff, working in close coordination to assist them. I have been in contact with the president and the attorney general, and they both have expressed their support for the FBI’s work in the wake of these tragedies.”