A man yelling “anti-Trump sentiment” was arrested early Friday morning after exchanging fire with police officers in the lobby of a hotel of one of the sprawling golf resorts owned by President Donald Trump near Miami. Yellow caution tape was seen stretched across the main gate of the Trump National Doral Golf Club Friday morning following the overnight rampage.
42-year-old Jonathan Oddi was taken to the hospital with multiple g-nshot wounds to his legs after a sho-tout with Miami-Dade police at the Trump-owned golf course. He snuck into the resort through a back entrance sometime around 1:30 AM EST. He was carrying an American flag with him that he lifted from the back of the complex. Once inside, Oddi draped the flag over the counter in the lobby and began yelling all sorts of anti-Trump sentiments before pointing a g-n at onlookers and sho-ting up the lobby roof and chandeliers with a handg-n.
Oddi’s current motives for bursting into the property are unknown at this time. Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez told Miami radio station 610 WIOD: “This guy was ready for war, he was waiting for our officers to come in.”
Perez describes Oddi’s crazed rambling as incoherent with the exact words being unclear, though Oddi’s words were decidedly of an anti-Trump sentiment and after engaging in a sho-tout with the local police he was “neutralized” after suffering multiple g-nshot wounds to the legs. He is currently listed in stable condition at the local hospital.
Eric Trump, second son of President Donald Trump took to social media to hail the officers’ response in a Twitter post early on Friday morning, stating: “A huge thank you to the incredible men and women of the @DoralPolice Department and @MiamiDadePD.”
Authorities say Oddi presumably tried to lure police officers into a sho-tout. Perez states: “It appears he was trying to engage our police officers… in some type of ambush-style att-ck. He prepared the area for battle.
Doral and Miami-Dade police officers reported they were called to the scene of the sho-ting around 1:30 a.m. local time after receiving reports of an “active sho-ter.” They responded immediately and jumped into the fray. Perez describes the actions of the officers stating: “In my opinion, they probably saved a hell of a lot of lives today because this could have gone a lot worse.”
Perez stated that officer injuries were minimal but a Doral officer did suffer a broken wrist as a result of the altercation. He is expected to be OK and make a full recovery though
The officers were able to stop the g-nman during a sho-tout, with five officers firing their weapons, striking Oddi in the legs, Perez said. A Doral officer suffered a broken arm at the scene but was expected to be OK.
“You know, these officers did not hesitate one second to engage this individual that was actively sho-ting in the lobby of the hotel,” the police director added. “They risked their lives knowing that that they had to get in there to save lives in that hotel.”
Miami-Dade police said they were working with the FBI and Secret Service as part of the investigation into Oddi. Specific charges against the man were not immediately announced.
Investigators also searched Oddi’s home and car, but Perez said there was no evidence of booby traps.
Perez said officers’ “heroic” actions in stopping the g-nman helped to prevent what could have been a deadly tragedy.
As day was breaking Friday, the large golf facility in the growing suburb was surrounded by a heavy police presence and news helicopters hovered over the scene. The entrances were blocked, and yellow caution tape was stretched across the main gate. A Miami-Dade crime scene truck was parked inside the gate
The golf resort previously known as the Doral Resort & Spa was purchased by the Trump Organization in 2012. Its signature course is the Blue Monster at Doral.”
Fox News reports of the incident: “The Secret Service says it is on the scene and helping in the investigation.
“The U.S. Secret Service is aware of sho-ting that took place early this morning at the Trump National Doral Golf Club in Doral, FL,” it said in a statement. “Special Agents from the Miami Field Office are on the scene and working closely with our law enforcement partners.”
Authorities also said they are not ruling out terrorism. Police told WPLG that the suspect repeatedly called 911 and was actively sho-ting in an attempt to draw authorities inside.
The golf resort previously known as the Doral Resort & Spa was purchased by the Trump Organization in 2012. The massive property has four courses – its most signature being the Blue Monster, which has hosted numerous PGA Tour and World Golf Championships events featuring the world’s top golfers.
Court records in Miami-Dade and Broward counties show no felony arrests for Oddi, but a slew of misdemeanor traffic infractions
David Jiminian told the Associated Press he lives in Cordova Phase II, the same gated complex where Oddi lives. Crime-scene tape marked off a driveway to the community and police cars were parked outside.
Jiminian said he has seen Oddi entering and leaving his garage but has never spoken to him. He also said Oddi drove a new sand-colored Jeep Renegade.
“It’s pretty crazy,” Jiminian said. “It’s scary that it’s so close to home.” Jiminian added that he had never noticed any anti-Trump bumper stickers on Oddi’s vehicle.