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  • Former President Trump ‘inches away from having his face shot open’ by assassin’s bullet during Pa. rally; sniper killed: sources

    Former President Donald Trump was wounded on a Pennsylvania campaign stage by a sniper’s bullet Saturday night in an assassination attempt that nearly claimed his life.

    Trump, who was speaking at a packed outdoors rally in Butler, Pa. when bullets started flying, later posted on his Truth Social site saying he “felt the bullet ripping through [his] skin,” and that it “pierced the upper part of my right ear.”

    The gunman was later identified as 20-year-old Thomas Matthew Crooks of Bethel Park.

    Shots broke out just after 6:10 p.m.ET as Trump showed off a chart of border crossing numbers. Footage shows him grabbing his ear as shots are fired — with the crowd screaming behind him — and then someone yelling “Get down, get down, get down, get down!” as Secret Service agents piled on top of him to shield him.

    As blood gushed from his ear, Trump was then rushed off stage — but not before boldly pumping his fist into the air and twice telling the crowd to “fight!” He was then whisked away in a car to a Pittsburgh-area hospital.

    Crooks was not immediately identified because he wasn’t carrying identification on him, and was killed by a Secret Service assault team.

    Authorities said one rally-goer was killed and two others wounded. The deceased has since been identified as 50-year-old Corey Comperatore - a husband, father of two girls, and former fire chief. The wounded have been identified as 57-year-old Marine Veteran David Duttch, who was shot twice, and 74-year-old James Copenhaver. Dutch was reportedly in a medically-induced coma as of Sunday morning. Pennsylvania State Police Col. Christopher Paris told reporters Sunday afternoon that both Dutch and Copenhaver were listed in stable condition.

    Crooks was believed to have crawled on the roof of a manufacturing plant about 400 feet from the former president at the Butler Farm Show grounds — outside the security perimeter, according to law enforcement sources.

    The counter-sniper team, which reportedly fired the shots that killed the shooter, returned fire from the roof of another building close to where Trump was located — behind the audience stands.

    An AR-style rifle was recorded from the scene. House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer announced that his panel will open an investigation into the shooting.

    One Trump supporter told the BBC that he spotted an apparent sniper armed with a rifle on the roof of a building outside the security perimeter of the rally.

    The witness said he and friends, who were hosting a party outside the rally, tried to alert Secret Service, and then watched the man open fire five times.

    Video that is reportedly from the scene shows the gunman dead on the roof of a warehouse, with Trump supporters gathered around.

    One witness, who said he was an ER doctor, told CBS News that he rushed toward the podium following the shooting and found one Trump supporter with a bullet wound to the head.

    “There was lots of blood, and he had brain matter there,” the man said.

    The terrifying attack marked the first attempt to assassinate a president or a presidential candidate since Ronald Reagan was shot in 1981.

    About two and a half hours after the shooting, President Biden addressed the nation and called the attack on his Republican opponent “sick” — though said “I don’t know enough” to say it was an assassination attempt.

    “Look, there’s no place in America for this kind of violence. It’s sick. It’s sick. It’s one of the reasons why we have to unite this country,” Biden said.

    “We cannot allow for this to be happening. We cannot be like this. We cannot condone this.”

    However, five days earlier, Biden was heard in a campaign meeting saying, “it’s time to put Trump in a bullseye” with regards to the campaign, according to audio obtained by Politico.

    Biden returned to the White House Saturday night, cutting short a weekend stay at his beach home in Delaware. The White House later confirmed that Biden and Trump spoke.

    Trump’s campaign confirmed he would attend the RNC, which begins today in Milwaukee, as planned.

    “President Trump looks forward to joining you all in Milwaukee as we proceed with our convention to nominate him to serve as the 47th President of the United States. As our party’s nominee, President Trump will continue to share his vision to Make America Great Again,” it said in a joint statement with the RNC.

    The statement reiterated that Trump is “doing well and grateful to law enforcement and first responders for their fast action.”

     See more here: Trump shot on side of the head in apparent assassination attempt at Pa. rally (nypost.com)

  • Who was Thomas Matthew Crooks? What we know about Trump’s attempted assassin

    The FBI has identified Thomas Matthew Crooks, a 20-year-old man from western Pennsylvania, as the person who attempted to assassinate former President Trump at a campaign event in Butler, Pennsylvania, on Saturday.

    Crooks, 20, was from Bethel Park, which is a Pittsburgh suburb about an hour south from where the assassination attempt took place. 

    Crooks graduated from Bethel Park High School in 2022. He was one of nearly two dozen students from the school to earn a $500 "star award" from the National Math and Science Initiative.

    An online recording of his graduation ceremony shows him walking the stage to minimal applause and briefly posing with a school official, the New York Times reported.

    A search by Fox News Digital revealed that Crooks would have turned 21 years old this September. He had no reported criminal or traffic citations and no reported bankruptcies, liens or foreclosures.

    Crooks was a registered Republican, according to voting records, but he only participated in the Nov. 8, 2022, state election, due to his age. Records show that he made a $15 donation to Progressive Turnout Project, a Chicago-based political action committee that supports Democrat candidates for public office and claims to advocate for "key Democratic constituencies: young people, minorities and low-income people."

    The FBI said it will continue its investigation into Crooks and any other information it can obtain.

    "This remains an active and ongoing investigation, and anyone with information that may assist with the investigation is encouraged to submit photos or videos online at FBI.gov/butler or call 1-800-CALL-FBI," the statement continued.

    A former Pennsylvania volunteer fire chief was identified as the victim killed by a sniper who shot and wounded former President Donald Trump.

    Corey Comperatore, 50, who served as the fire chief for Buffalo Township, was shot and killed by Thomas Matthew Crooks, 20, at a rally for Trump that left the former president and two others wounded on Saturday, Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro said Sunday. 

    Comperatore’s sister, Dawn Comperatore Schafer, said her brother died while trying to protect his daughter when gunfire rang out during Trump’s speech.

    “The hatred for one man took the life of the one man we loved the most. He was a hero that shielded his daughters,” she wrote on Facebook.

    “His wife and girls just lived through the unthinkable and unimaginable,” she added.

    Comperatore’s daughter, Allyson, called her father “the best dad a girl could ever ask for,” as she mourned his sudden death. 

    Allyson said that when the gunshots rang out, Comperatore quickly threw her and her mother to the ground to try to protect them after Trump was shot.

    “He truly loved us enough to take a real bullet for us,” Allyson wrote on Facebook. 

    “And I want nothing more than to cry on him and tell him thank you.” 

    Comperatore’s wife, Helen, echoed her daughter’s description of the former fire chief as a “real-life superhero” who protected them.  

    “Yesterday, what [was meant to] be such an exciting day for my husband, especially, turned into a nightmare for our family,” Helen wrote on Facebook. 

    “What my precious girls had to witness is unforgivable,” she added. “He died the hero he always was.”

    Shapiro described Comperatore as an “avid supporter” of the former president who was excited to cheer for Trump at the rally in Butler. 

    The governor also hailed Comperatore as a local hero and has ordered flags to be flown half staff in his honor.  

    “Corey died a hero,” Shapiro said. “Corey was the very best of us.” 

    A GoFundMe page to support Helen and Allyson’s has already raised more than $27,000 as of noon Sunday. 

    Read the rest of the story here: Thomas Matthew Crooks identified as Donald Trump’s attempted assassin | Fox News

  • Feds commit $550 million to Bridge and Bayway project

    The U.S. Department of Transportation will boost the I-10 Mobile River Bridge and Bayway project with a $550 million investment, according to multiple announcements by Alabama’s elected officials.

    The award came from the department’s Bridge Investment Program and is believed to be the largest federal grant ever received for an infrastructure project in Alabama, according to Gov. Kay Ivey’s Office.

    READ MORE: Feds commit $550 million to Bridge and Bayway project | News | lagniappemobile.com

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