Authorities haven’t yet released the name of the alleged gunman responsible for today’s shooting spree in Santa Monica, Calif., that killed six people, nor have they identified a second person of interest who is currently in custody. That hasn’t stopped the usual speculation that the NRA, or the Tea Party, or Republicans in general were responsible.
Because President Obama was just three miles away at the time (and not three blocks, as some mistakenly reported), quite a few reported the shooting as a botched assassination attempt.
Dude someone totally tried to assassinate Obama !—
Juliee Nagel , (@jeeezzyy) June 07, 2013
Looks like somebody tried to assassinate Mr. Obama smh, praying for those who did get injured—
Jackie (@MsJackie_Oh) June 07, 2013
They were trynah kill obama.—
Andy Velasco (@uhh_im_andyy) June 07, 2013
Someone trying to kill Obama at SMC—
Justin W. (@AmbiguousJWalk) June 07, 2013
wait who tf is tryna kill obama????—
alex (@chefboyarnigga) June 07, 2013
I think the guy that went on the shooting spree was trying to shoot Obama. . Lowkey tho.—
Laura (@GreatFatsby) June 07, 2013
They tried to shoot Obama ??—
karlabynes (@MedelKarla) June 07, 2013
We're on national news and in the newspaper watch for me on the news!! Someone was trying to shoot Obama but shot SMC students!—
Danny Schramm (@OhSchrammIt) June 07, 2013
Of course, not everyone jumped to the conclusion that this was an assassination attempt. Still, it was in poor taste to have a mass shooting on the same day the president was in town speaking.
They would shoot in Santa Monica the day Obama comes to visit. Jst disrespectful, sad & disrespectful.—
La Beauté Créole (@MURDERmyiiajay) June 07, 2013