Three people were killed in the shooting.
Footage from several angles shows the governor ― who is also running for president ― getting jeered by the crowd:
The boos from the crowd in Jacksonville were so loud for Presidential hopeful Ron DeSantis that Councilwoman Ju’Coby Pittman had to stop the Governor to settle the crowd and remind them to put politics aside in this moment. pic.twitter.com/SPas87T50L
— Steph Wash (@WashNews) August 27, 2023
Governor DeSantis gets booed by the community as he speaks pic.twitter.com/jmCRCSrWPq
— Aleesia Hatcher (@AHatcherNews) August 27, 2023
Jacksonville says no to Ron Desantis. pic.twitter.com/nsjU40S5BH
— Gen Z Shorty (@blackbeltbae) August 27, 2023
Jacksonville City Councilwoman Ju’Coby Pittman asked the crowd to settle down and put political parties aside.
“It ain’t about parties today,” she said. “A bullet don’t know a party.”
“This divide exists because of the ongoing disenfranchisement of Black people and a governor, who is really propelling himself forward through bigoted, racially motivated, misogynistic, xenophobic actions to throw red meat to a Republican base,” Rudolph McKissick, senior pastor of the Bethel Church in Jacksonville, told the Associated Press.
“DeSantis heckled at Jacksonville Shooting Vigil” pic.twitter.com/uNl08FnNtx
— Acyn (@Acyn) August 27, 2023
Police identified the gunman as 21-year-old Ryan Palmeter, and said he had a Nazi symbol on his weapon.
“He hated Black people,” Sheriff T.K. Waters said at a press conference on Sunday.
Palmeter, who killed himself after the attack, also left behind a racist manifesto.
“The manifesto is, quite frankly, the diary of a madman,” Waters said. “He was just completely irrational. But with irrational thoughts, he knew what he was doing. He was 100% lucid.”