Whoever is behind a shooting of two U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices in San Antonio, Texas, early Tuesday morning is still at large, the FBI told local CBS affiliate KSAT.
The special agent in charge of the FBI’s San Antonio division said investigators are looking for the person or people who fired into the offices. A man questioned about possible ties to the predawn shooting turned out not to be involved, the special agent said.
No one was injured in the shooting. But officers who responded just after 3 a.m. found the windows of several offices shattered. Among those hit was an ICE office on the 14th floor of the high rise building.
According to KSAT, “They were not sure right away from where the shots were fired, or how they reached one of the top floors on one of the tallest buildings in the area.”
“Police also were not sure whether that office was targeted purposely or if it was hit randomly,” the station said.
The shooting comes one month after Willem Van Spronsen, 69, an apparent antifa member, firebombed ICE’s Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington. Van Spronsen, who was armed with a rifle, set ablaze a car in the parking lot and tried to ignite a propane tank. Police shot him dead during the attack, which caused no other casualties.
Van Spronsen seems to have left behind a 1,000 word manifesto outlining his far-left worldview. Some commentators noted the document echoed the rhetoric of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a prominent New York Democrat, in accusing ICE of running “concentration camps” and warning that fascism is “ascendant” in the United States.
Connor Betts, 24, also voiced far-left views on social media before a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, on Aug. 4, which killed nine people, including his sister. Betts, who was shot dead during the attack, was a member of a left wing rape-fetish band as well as a fan of Democratic presidential candidates Sens. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont Independent, and Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat.
While his motives are not yet clear, CNN reported that Betts “liked” several tweets about a mass shooting the previous day in El Paso, Texas, that apparently targeted immigrants and killed 22 people.
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Liberals have argued that white supremacy is resurgent under President Donald Trump and accused the FBI of not taking it seriously because of institutional racism. Since the El Paso shooting, Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat, has led calls for a revival of domestic terrorism laws to crack down on the far right.