President Trump on Tuesday seemingly tweeted out condolences for the wrong mass shooting, mentioning one in Texas that came before a more recent incident in California.
“May God be with the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas,” he wrote that evening. “The FBI and Law Enforcement has arrived.”
May God be with the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The FBI and Law Enforcement has arrived.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2017
Trump was apparently referencing the Nov. 5 shooting in Sutherland Springs, a rampage which killed at least 26 people and injured at least 20 more.
Gunman Devin Kelley, 26, opened fire in the community’s First Baptist Church before ultimately being found dead of a seemingly self-inflicted gunshot wound after fleeing the crime scene.
America’s most recent gun violence, however, occurred in Rancho Tehama Reserve, California Tuesday.
The gunman in that attack killed at least four people and wounded at least 10 more before police fatally shot him.
Tuesday’s spree was notable for striking several seemingly random sites, including an elementary school that successfully locked out the gunman.
Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston on Tuesday declined to identify the shooter until his relatives had been notified.
The law officer confirmed, however, that the gunman had been charged with assault in January and had a restraining order placed against him.
California District Attorney Gregg Cohen on Tuesday told The Sacramento Bee that he prosecuting a man named Kevin Neal in that case.
Trump’s tweet after the California shooting remained online Wednesday, and it remains unclear if he mistakenly mentioned one incident over the other.
The president tweeted out a message similar to Tuesday’s, however, after the bloodshed in Sutherland Springs earlier this month.
“May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas,” he tweeted after the Nov. 5 carnage.
“The FBI & law enforcement are on the scene,” Trump added at the time. “I am monitoring the situation from Japan.”
Trump’s latest tweets provoked backlash on Twitter, with such notable users as New York City pollster Matt McDermott and British television personality Piers Morgan criticizing his posts.
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.— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) November 15, 2017