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Gunman Lures 5 Cops Into Ambush At President Trump’s Golf Club, Starts Shooting

A crazed gunman spewed anti-Trump rhetoric as he opened fire inside a hotel at the Trump National Doral Golf Club.

Doral, FL – A gunman lured police into an ambush at President Donald Trump’s golf resort early Friday morning, and was taken into custody following a gunfight, police said.

The incident occurred at a hotel at the Trump National Doral Golf Club at approximately 1:30 a.m., USA Today reported.

The gunman, later identified as 42-year-old Jonathan Oddi, first took down an American flag from a flagpole outside the hotel.

He then proceeded inside, draped the flag across a counter, and pulled the hotel’s fire alarm, police said.

Oddi pulled out a handgun, and began shooting the ceiling and chandeliers inside the lobby, The New York Times reported.

“He began to yell out anti-Trump, President Trump rhetoric,” Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez said, according to USA Today. “He waited for our police officers in the front lobby, to engage them.”

“We don’t know what his intentions were — long-term intentions — but we know what he was trying to do at the time, and it appears that he was trying to engage our police officers, some kind of ambush-type attack, trying to lure our police officers,” Perez said, according to The New York Times.

Four Doral police officers and one Miami police officer engaged Oddi inside the hotel, USA Today reported.

The gunman was ultimately shot in the legs, and was transported to a local hospital.

No hotel guests or employees were injured during the shootout, but one Doral officer suffered a broken wrist during the incident, Perez said.

“We immediately were able to neutralize this threat,” Perez said, according to The New York Times. “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.”

Following the shooting, police were preparing to conduct a search warrant at Oddi’s luxury apartment in Doral, Perez said, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Officers searched for booby traps, and evacuated Oddi’s neighbors on Friday morning, he added.

President Trump’s son, Eric Trump, thanked police in an early morning tweet.

“A huge thank you to the incredible men and women of the @ DoralPolice Department and @ MiamiDade PD,” he wrote. “Every day they keep our community safe. We are very grateful to you!”

Local police, the Secret Service, and the FBI are investigating the shooting, USA Today reported.

HollyMatkin - May Fri, 2018


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