A man who was firing shots, waving an American flag and “yelling and spewing some information about President Trump” was shot and wounded by police early Friday at Trump National Doral, the golf and spa resort owned by President Donald Trump in northwest Miami-Dade.
The shooting at the resort — located off the Palmetto Expressway at Northwest 36th Street and 87th Avenue — happened about 1:30 a.m., Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez said during a pre-dawn news conference outside the resort that was carried live by local television stations.
“These officers did not hesitate for one second to engage this individual who was actively shooting in the lobby of the hotel,” Perez said.
The man who was shot — balding and with a close-cropped beard — was seen sitting up on a gurney as rescue workers took him to Kendall Regional Medical Center.
He was shot in the lower part of his body but his condition and identity were not immediately known.
“He had an American flag that he did drape over the counter — that all will be part of the investigation, we’re going to take it from there and see what his real motives are, ” Perez said.
Perez said the incident was not immediately being considered an act of terrorism — but that possibility is not being discounted.
Currently, Miami-Dade and Doral police are leading the investigation into the incident. The shooting of the man by police will be investigated by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement as is standard procedure.
Additionally, the FBI — and likely other federal agencies — are at the scene.
During the incident — which officials say played out very quickly — an officer from the Doral Police Department was hurt, but not from gunfire. He was taken to a hospital, possibly with a broken wrist, officials said.
After news about the shooting spread Friday morning, President Donald Trump’s son, Eric Trump, tweeted out his thanks to the Doral and Miami-Dade police departments.
“Every day they keep our community saife. We are very grateful to you,” the posting said.
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