Man arrested after firing shots at Trump golf club in South Florida, police say

Man arrested after firing shots at Trump golf club in South Florida, police say
Police respond to the Trump National Doral resort after reports of a shooting Friday. (Frieda Frisaro / Associated Press)

A man shouting about President Trump entered Trump's South Florida golf resort early Friday, draped an American flag over a lobby counter and exchanged gunfire with police before being arrested, authorities said.

One officer was injured, officials said.


Police were notified of an "active shooter" in the Trump-owned Trump National Doral Golf Club near Miami about 1:30 a.m., Doral Police Chief Hernan Organvidez told reporters. He said officers from Doral and Miami-Dade confronted him immediately and exchanged gunfire with the man, who was "neutralized" and taken into custody.

Officials did not immediately say if the man was wounded.

Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez said the man was shouting about Trump and "actively shooting."

"He was yelling and spewing some information about President Trump and that's what we know so far. And he had an American flag that he did drape over the counter," Perez said.

Trump was not at the club at the time.

Perez said a Doral police officer received an unspecified injury.

"These officers did not hesitate one second to engage this individual that was actively shooting in the lobby of the hotel," he said. "They risked their lives knowing that that they had to get in there to save lives in that hotel."

Eric Trump, the president's son and executive vice president of the Trump Organization, tweeted early Friday morning, "A huge thank you to the incredible men and women" of the departments, adding that "every day they keep our community safe."

Perez said the Secret Service was on the scene and the FBI was on the way, but that local police were in charge for the time being.

As day was breaking, the large golf facility in the Miami suburb was surrounded by a heavy police presence, and news helicopters hovered overhead. 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 has long been the demanding Blue Monster at Doral.

The Trump National Doral, which includes several buildings for lodging and an expansive clubhouse, is among the largest hotels in the Miami suburb. It's about 8 miles from Miami International Airport.

Its website describes it as an 800-acre resort with 643 guest rooms, more than 100,000 square feet of event space and four golf courses.