The Associated Press reports:
Following services earlier in the day, about 200 people showed up at a Sunday evening vigil a block from the Dollar General store in Jacksonville where officials said Ryan Palmeter opened fire Saturday using guns he bought legally despite a past involuntary commitment for a mental health exam.
Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis — who is running for the GOP nomination for president, who has loosened gun laws in Florida and who has antagonized civil rights leaders by deriding “wokeness ” — was loudly booed as he addressed the vigil.
DeSantis said that on Monday the state would be announcing financial support for security at Edward Waters University, the historically black college near where the shooting occurred, and to help the affected families. He called the gunman a “major league scumbag.”
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Black leaders built a vigil today to honor the three Black lives lost in Jacksonville to gun violence yesterday.
Gov DeSantis took advantage of THEIR space after banning Black history, banning diversity, and more.
— Eunic Epstein-Ortiz (@eunicortiz) August 27, 2023
Jacksonville does not welcome Ron DeSantis pic.twitter.com/nxzkGedZx9
— Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon) August 27, 2023
A picture is worth an infinite number of words.
But in summary @AngieNixon
We feel the same. https://t.co/SnriqvBAhD
— NAACP (@NAACP) August 28, 2023
Remind me of when he came to Pulse in 2019 and lied to all of us. He doesn’t actually care about our communities; just shows up when he thinks it’s politically damaging not to. pic.twitter.com/7RHFZsiUrD
— Rep. Anna V. Eskamani 🔨 (@AnnaForFlorida) August 28, 2023
— Jaime Harrison (@harrisonjaime) August 27, 2023
— State Rep. Angie Nixon (@AngieNixon) August 27, 2023
“DeSantis heckled at Jacksonville Shooting Vigil” pic.twitter.com/uNl08FnNtx
— Acyn (@Acyn) August 27, 2023
Desantis reads his statement today on the Jacksonville racist massacre with the same level of emotion as when he orders 6 Wawa chicken sandwiches. If the killer was a migrant he’d be ranting and raving, but it’s a white supremacist so we get the blasé monotone reading. pic.twitter.com/n6Hon4avql
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) August 27, 2023