The massacre in a California gun store that left five people dead was an example “of what can happen when we ignore the pain of the African-American community” in the United States, said Rep. Al Green (D-Texas), a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
“We need to fix this,” Green said at a press conference Friday, referring to the shooting at a Walgreens in suburban San Bernardino.
“This is an attempt to bring back white genocide.”
Rep. Steve Cohen (D/Tenn.) echoed Green’s sentiment in a tweet, saying “the #SanBernardino shooting was an ‘incident’ and should be investigated, but the #Walmart shooting was not.”
The hashtag #WalMartShooting, which was trending on Twitter on Friday morning, is a reference to the store where the shooting occurred.
A statement from the store stated that it was “aware of the horrific events that occurred at our local Walgers in San Bernardino and we are committed to supporting law enforcement and responding to the situation.”
According to the FBI, the shooting happened at the store on Saturday morning.
A spokesperson for the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), which administers the National Firearms Act, told reporters that the National Retail Federation, a trade association representing gun retailers, “did not agree with any action taken by the shooter at our stores.”
“We support law enforcement, and we support the NSSF,” the spokesperson added.
“That said, we are disappointed with the actions of the shooter.”
Green said that the shooting was a case of “white genocide” in terms of the “black community.”
“White genocide,” he said, “is the act of genocide, the act by whites to wipe out black people.
It’s not a matter of whether it happened or not.
It is genocide, and I think it’s a real, real tragedy.”
Green noted that the FBI and the National Institute of Justice are “not doing anything” to investigate the shooting.
“They’re doing nothing,” Green told CNN.
“But they’re doing their job.”
The shooter in the San Bernardino shooting, Akayed Ullah, was identified by the FBI as a U.S. citizen of Pakistani origin who was born in New Jersey and moved to the U.K. before arriving in the U, according to an official with knowledge of the investigation.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
Ullah was a resident of Queens, New York, and lived in the neighborhood of the store, the official said.
The Associated Press identified the gunman as Abdulazeez Mirza, a 30-year-old resident of the New Jersey borough of New Brunswick.
Mirza reportedly went by the name Ahmed Abdullah Mohammed, and he lived in Queens, according the AP.
The Ullah family was not in contact with Mirza.
“Our family is devastated by the loss of Abdulazeeed Ubedllah,” Ullah’s father, Ahmad Ullah told CNN affiliate WCBS in New York City.
“He was an amazing person.
He was a very, very good son.
I can’t express the loss we are going through right now.”
The U.N. refugee agency said Ullah came to the United State in 2014 with a family member from Bangladesh.
The family, which includes his wife and two children, came to California in 2015, the agency said.
U.B. Khan, a spokesperson for Ullah at the UOBE in the Bronx, told CNN that his family was in shock and mourning.
“All of us are devastated by this tragedy, we can’t begin to imagine what it’s going to mean for his family,” Khan said.
“The Ullahs are a family of refugees who came to this country with their parents, and now they’re here with their children.
They are a very good family, and their life is gone.”
Ullah also went by Abdul Wahid Abusalha, according a tweet from the UOBA, which is a UOBEOB asylum program for refugees.
“Abu Abusalah, a 28-year old Pakistani citizen, is the brother of Abdul Ullah,” the UOABA tweeted.
“Ullah is a father of five children and was born and raised in Queens.
He has lived in New Brunswick since 2015.”
The AP reported that Mirza had a lengthy criminal history, including two arrests for drug possession.
“I’m a person of color, and this has been my story all my life, and it is something I will never get over,” U.L.M.A. wrote on Twitter.
“You can’t stop this,” said U.LB.
“If I’m not going to fight, how can I help you?”
Ullah had a history of mental illness, the Associated Press reported, and