Two people attending a rally in support of President Donald Trump in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, were shot dead with an air rifle on Friday, resulting in minor injuries.
According to the WSVN, Trump supporters had gathered near the Coral Ridge Mall. The alleged gunman allegedly fired into the crowd from a moving vehicle. The suspect fled the scene before law enforcement officers arrived. The victims of the shooting were treated by first responders at the scene.
The weapon used in the shooting was “an unknown type of pistol,” according to a statement sent to Newsday in Washington on Friday by Fort Lauderdale police on Newsday.
“The motive behind this incident is unknown at this time,” wrote Sergeant DeAnna Greenlaw of the FLPD. “This is an active investigation.”
Although the presidential election is technically over, the results of the nationwide vote are still tabulated. Trump is trailing behind democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in both the popular vote and the electoral college. Trump has claimed that election workers are involved in some form of electoral fraud in some areas, which has prompted some people to protest.
In Maricopa County, Arizona, Trump supporters gathered in front of the County Elections Department and demanded that all their votes be counted. On Thursday some demonstrators were observed carrying firearms, which is legal in Arizona, an open access state. Deputies from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department closed the voting center on Thursday night to both the public and media.
Despite the size of the crowd on Thursday, the crowd was “peaceful” and there were no arrests or citations, according to a statement emailed to Washington Newsday on Thursday.
Trump’s legal team has filed federal lawsuits in several states, including Pennsylvania, to stop the process of collecting ballots by mail. According to the Pennsylvania lawsuit, Republican observers were not granted proper access to the counting process.
On Wednesday, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf said the lawsuit was “just wrong.
“It contradicts the most fundamental principles of our democracy,” Wolf said during a press conference on Wednesday. “It deprives every American citizen of the right to vote for the election of our leaders.
On Friday, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito ordered that all polling stations in Pennsylvania should sort out mail ballots received after 8 p.m. on election day. Alito also demanded that these separate ballots be counted separately.
Alito issued the order after the Pennsylvania Republican Party claimed it could not verify that the election workers were following the instructions of Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar. The state officials were required to respond to Alito’s order by Saturday afternoon.