President Donald Trump offered condolences to the wrong mass shooting after four were killed in northern California on Tuesday.
Instead of sending a message to those who died in Rancho Tehama Reserve, California, he appeared to have copied and pasted a message meant for the 25 victims of the Sutherland Springs, Texas, attack, which happened on November 5.
‘May God be with the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas,’ he wrote. ‘The FBI and Law Enforcement has arrived.’
Instead of sending a message to those who died in Rancho Tehama Reserve, California, he appeared to have copied and pasted a message meant for the 25 victims of the Sutherland Springs, Texas, attack, which happened on November 5
Is message on November 15 said that the ‘FBI and Law Enforcement has arrived’ in Sutherland Springs, instead of northern California
Trump’s message on November 5 about the Sutherland Springs shooting, Trump’s tweet was eerily simliar
After the Sutherland Springs shooting that killed 25, Trump had tweeted a similar message.
‘May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas,’ he wrote on November 5. ‘The FBI & law enforcement are on the scene. I am monitoring the situation from Japan.’
Twitter users were quick to slam Trump after the Tweet, which still remained on his twitter feed a day after it was posted.
‘The President of the United States is tweeting at midnight about the wrong mass shooting and it’s like the 500th most insane Trump story of the week,’ one Twitter user wrote.
‘He’s mixed up mass shootings, confusing the one last week in Texas with the one in California today. This is so disrespectful to the victims,’ another said.
The California gunman who killed at least four people and hospitalized ten others was identified on Tuesday as Kevin Janson Neal, 43.
Neal, who sometimes used the name Smith, was identified as the shooter after his Tuesday rampage, which climaxed with him smashing into a school’s gates and firing into its walls and windows.
He began his rampage near his home on Bobcat Lane in the Rancho Tehama Reserve at 7.52am, shooting people at random before stealing a truck and performing drive-bys on homes, pedestrians and other drivers.
Neal eventually arrived at the Rancho Tehama Elementary School and smashed through its gates before firing as many as 100 bullets through windows and walls, hitting one child, and trying to enter classrooms.
He then fled, and was shot dead by police near the property.
Tuesday’s shooting came just nine days after a gunman opened fire at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, during services on November 5.
The gunman, Devin Patrick Kelley, went aisle to aisle looking for victims and shot crying babies at point-blank range, according to witness accounts.
The dead ranged in age from 18 months to 77 years old. About 20 people were wounded in the shooting.
Trump, who was in Japan at the time of the massacre, tweeted a message out to victims on the day of the shooting, which was eerily similar to Tuesday’s tweet.
Trump’s tweets about other mass shootings and terror attacks over the last year often offer similar words of support.
When a man drove a truck into a bike lane in New York City, killing eight last month, Trump said ‘God’ was with the victims.
The California gunman who killed at least four people and hospitalized ten others was identified on Tuesday as Kevin Janson Neal, 43. Pictured above, women embrace outside Rancho Tehama Elementary, where Neal opened fire
Neal performed a series drive-bys in this stolen truck (seen with police investigators) before smashing into school gates in it and firing through windows and walls
‘My thoughts, condolences and prayers to the victims and families of the New York City terrorist attack. God and your country are with you!’ he wrote.
After the Las Vegas shooting in September, where 58 were killed, Trump offered his ‘warmest condelnces’.
‘My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!’ he tweeted.
The recent mass shootings coincide with a flareup of the long-running debate on America’s epidemic of gun violence and the ready accessibility of high-powered weapons.
More than 33,000 people die annually in the United States from gun-related deaths – two thirds of them suicides – according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Families of victims of one of the deadliest shootings in modern US history pushed to reinstate a lawsuit to hold a gun manufacturer responsible for the tragedy.
Remington manufactured the military-style assault rifle used in the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School that killed 20 children and six adults.