Gunman Opens Fire On San Antonio ICE Offices
San Antonio, TX – Authorities are investigating who fired gunshots through the windows of a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office early on Tuesday morning.
Officers responded to a call for shots fired at the ICE field office located north of Interstate 410 near Brookhaven Drive at about 3 a.m. on Aug. 13, the Washington Examiner reported.
Investigators said that multiple shots were fired into the offices targeting ICE officials, WOAI reported.
No one was hit by the gunfire, but one person was injured.
"I don't think there's a question that they knew which floors the ICE offices were," Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent in Charge Chris Combs said Tuesday.
"All of the shots that we have found are on the floors where ICE had offices," Agent Combs continued. "This is no question a very targeted attack. It's not a secret facility, you can go online, it's out there. So they did some research, they knew what floors ICE was on, they knew what buildings they were and they hit those."
He said the FBI doesn’t know whether the shots were fired to represent a protest, WOAI reported.
"To be honest with you, I'm not sure they thought anyone was in the building, which concerns me," Agent Combs said. "If this was an act of protest or a political statement, maybe they thought the building was empty. But you never know when a building is empty, right?"
A former senior ICE officials told the Washington Examiner that the building houses a command center so there are always ICE personnel in the building.
The FBI Evidence Response Team is reviewing surveillance video and evidence from the scene, WOAI reported.
ICE said the affected building is primarily used for executive and administrative offices.
At least one ICE official blamed the attack on politicians, the media, and activists, WOAI reported.
“This attack at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Field Office in San Antonio is completely without justification,” ICE ERO San Antonio Field Office Director Daniel Bible said.
“Political rhetoric and misinformation that various politicians, media outlets and activist groups recklessly disseminate to the American people regarding the ICE mission only serve to further encourage these violent acts,” Dir. Bible continued. “ICE officers put their lives on the line each and every day to keep our communities safe. This disturbing public discourse shrouds our critical law enforcement function and unnecessarily puts our officers’ safety at risk."
WOAI reported that one arrest was made shortly after the shooting but that person has since been released after police determined he was not involved.
"We are concerned that there could be additional attacks, we have to stop that," Agent Combs said. "We cannot allow political discourse to lead us to the point of violence, where federal employees, innocent people doing their jobs are put in harm’s way."
WOAI reported that another shooting occurred at a second ICE facility around the same time, but federal authorities have not confirmed that.
The San Antonio attack on ICE offices is only the latest in a string of incidents, the Washington Examiner reported.
In July, police shot a member of antifa in Tacoma, Washington after he began hurling Molotov cocktails at an ICE facility.
Also in July, protesters from Never Again blocked the entrances to ICE headquarters in DC, the Washington Examiner reported.
Protesters tore down an American flag and a Thin Blue Line flag from an ICE facility in Aurora, Colorado on July 12 and raised a Mexican flag in their place.