The FBI is investigating a "targeted attack" in which shots were fired at an Immigration and Customs Service (ICE) office and another facility associated with the San Antonio, Texas agency early Tuesday.
The shooting occurred about 3am at an ICE building where two floors containing administrative and executive offices were targeted, according to the San Antonio Express-News. The outlet reported that another shooting occurred at a separate facility where an ICE contractor was located.
FBI Special Agent in Charge Chris Combs said the officers knew what they were shooting at.
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"All the shots we found are on the floors where ICE had offices," Combs said. "This is no doubt a very targeted attack. It's not a secret facility, you can go online, it's [the address is] out there. So they did some research, they knew which floors ICE was on, they knew which buildings they were and they hit them. "
A man was arrested shortly after the shooting but released after authorities determined he was not linked to the incident.
ICE did not respond to the Fox News request for comment Tuesday.
Daniel Bible, the field office's director of the agency's enforcement and removal operations in San Antonio, accused the shooting of elected officials, the media and activists of a breakdown of political discourse that has encouraged violent acts.
"Political rhetoric and misinformation that various politicians, media, and activist groups carelessly disseminate to the American people regarding the ICE mission only serves to further encourage these violent acts," the Bible News told Fox News, KABB-TV. line every day to protect our communities. This disruptive public discourse covers our critical legislative function and unnecessarily exposes the safety of our officers. "
The agency has been criticized by lawmakers and immigration activists as the Trump administration continues to target those living in the United States illegally.
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Last month, a man was killed by Washington authorities when he threw the burner on both an immigration center and nearby propane channels. demonstrations outside an ICE plant replaced the American flag with the Mexican flag.
"We are worried that there may be further attacks, we must stop it," Combs said. "We cannot allow political discourse to lead us to violence where federal employees, innocent people who do their jobs are harmed."