ICE Texas Shootings: Agency Blames 'Misinformation' About Trump Administration's Detention Policies From Politicians, Media and Activists

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has hit out at its detractors following overnight shootings at two of its offices in San Antonio, Texas.

The shootings reportedly took place at around 3 a.m. on Tuesday, with staff reportedly working in at least one of the two neighboring offices that came under fire.

While no one was injured in the attack, Christopher Combs, head of the FBI's San Antonio operations, warned that had the bullets "gone two inches in another direction...we could be here today talking about the murder of a federal official."

Calling the shootings "cowardly, brazen, violent acts," Combs said that whoever had fired the shots appeared to have done "some research" because "they knew what floors ICE was on, and they hit those," NBC reported.

In a statement shared with Newsweek, ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations San Antonio Field Office Director Daniel Bible laid blame for the incident on "political rhetoric" and "misinformation" around the Trump administration's detention policies.

"This attack at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Field Office in San Antonio is completely without justification," Bible said.

"Political rhetoric and misinformation that various politicians, media outlets and activist groups recklessly disseminate to the American people regarding the ICE mission only serve to further encourage these violent acts," he asserted.

"ICE officers put their lives on the line each and every day to keep our communities safe," Bible added. "This disturbing public discourse shrouds our critical law enforcement function and unnecessarily puts our officers' safety at risk."

In a photo shared on Twitter by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli, a shattered window with a bullet hole can be seen at one of the office buildings.

"Here's a photo of one of the bullet holes from this morning," Cuccinelli wrote. "USCIS stands with ICE as they work to enforce our laws and keep Americans safe!"

So far, the FBI has yet to identify any suspects in the shooting.

Combs said the agency would be staying vigilant, however, warning that investigators are concerned that there could be further attacks aimed at ICE.

"We cannot allow political discourse to lead us to the point of violence, where federal employees, innocent people doing their jobs, are put in harm's way," he said.

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The main ICE detention center is seen in downtown Los Angeles, California on July 14, 2019. Two ICE offices were reportedly targeted in shootings early Tuesday morning in San Antonio, Texas. MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty
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