A Trump supporter carrying a handgun and an American flag showed up at the scene of a school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, on Friday, saying he was there to “make America great again” and offer “support” in a now viral video clip.
Between eight and 10 fatalities have been reported at Santa Fe High School after a shooter opened fire on Friday morning. Reporters near the scene spoke with the man.
Guns and prayers: A man shows up to the Santa Fe High School (Texas) shooting with an American flag and a gun. Another man says “it’s an embarrassment.” pic.twitter.com/TAixNrJCPp
— Scott McGrew (@ScottMcGrew) May 18, 2018
“Offering support,” the man told CBS News affiliate KHOU-TV, suggesting that support could “go a long ways right now for a lot of people.”
A second unidentified man nearby complained that the armed Trump supporter was an “idiot” and an “embarrassment.”
“We need prayers, OK? We need prayers,” the second man said. “This idiot is walking down the street with a damn pistol on his side where we just had kids get shot.”
The second man, a self-proclaimed “gun rights person” who has guns, chastised the armed Trump supporter for bringing a loaded gun to the site of a shooting.
“We don’t need this crap,” he said. “This is an embarrassment.”
The Hill added:
A suspect for the shooting at Santa Fe High School has been taken into custody, a principal for the school told reporters.