Attorney General Bill McCollum today released the following statement …

Attorney General Bill McCollum today released the following statement
regarding the shootings in Orlando:

“While there is a tragic irony in the fact that such a dangerous
event would take place in the very location where we will meet tomorrow
to discuss crimes in minority communities, today’s shootings at the
Caribe Royale Resort serve as a dramatic reminder of how essential
prevention strategies are when combating violent crime.

“I hope this sobering incident will serve to encourage the
conference’s attendees in their efforts to address the crimes that are
tearing apart their neighborhoods and communities and prevent those
crimes from continuing to occur. The Orange County Sheriff’s deputies
who were injured today had planned to participate in the conference
events and while their attendance may not be possible, their commitment
to protecting their communities surely remains as strong as ever.

“I applaud the quick response of the local law enforcement and
express my appreciation at the efforts made to keep the guests at the
hotel safe from harm.”

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