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Trump Tweets About Wrong Mass Shooting

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On Nov. 14, President Trump tweeted about the wrong mass shooting after a man killed at least four people in California before trying to enter an elementary school.

"May God be with the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas," Trump wrote in the now-deleted tweet, referring instead to the Nov. 5 Texas church shooting that killed 26, reports Newsweek. "The FBI and Law Enforcement has arrived."

In response, social media users accused Trump of copying and pasting the same message he wrote after the Texas shooting.

"May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas," Trump tweeted on Nov. 5. "The FBI & law enforcement are on the scene. I am monitoring the situation from Japan."

The typo immediately sparked outrage.

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"Today the president of the United States couldn't remember and didn't even bother to check where the country's most recent mass shooting took place," wrote one Twitter user.

"Jesus, he copy pasted his response to a mass shooting and forgot to change the location," commented another. "What a clown. And, the FBI and Law Enforcement HAVE arrived."

Gun reform advocates interpreted Trump's mistake differently, however.

"The fact that the U.S. president can't even keep track of all the mass shootings is a fairly compelling argument for gun reform," tweeted one woman.

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Trump's Vice President Mike Pence also posted about the shooting on social media, but did not make the same mistake.

"Saddened to hear of the shooting in N. California, the loss of life & injuries, including innocent children," he tweeted. "We commend the effort of courageous law enforcement. We'll continue to monitor the situation & provide federal support, as we pray for comfort & healing for all impacted."

In the Nov. 14 attack, 44-year-old Kevin Janson Neal shot at least 11 people in Rancho Tehama, California, killing four and injuring seven, reports the Telegraph. The wounded include children.

"This individual shooter was bent on engaging and killing people at random," Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said, the BBC reports. "I have to say this incident, as tragic and as bad as it is, could have been so much worse."

Police shot and killed Neal during his rampage.

Neighbors say Neal exhibited violent behavior before the shooting.

According to Brian Flint, he had "been shooting a lot of bullets lately, hundreds of rounds, large magazines."

"We made it aware [to police] that this guy is crazy and he's been threatening us," he added.

Sources: Newsweek, Twitter (2, 3), Vice President Mike Pence/TwitterTelegraph, BBC / Featured Image: Michael Vadon/Flickr / Embedded Images: Ali Shaker/VOA via Wikimedia Commons, Augustas Didzgalvis/Wikimedia Commons

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