Trump arrives in Milwaukee after assassination attempt as FBI races to establish shooter’s motive: Live

Former president Donald Trump arrived in Milwaukee on Sunday evening for the Republican National Convention, while president Joe Biden implored Americans to “cool it down” in the final stretch and “resolve our differences at the ballot box”.

A full day after the shooting, the gunman’s motive remained a mystery, with investigators saying they believe he acted alone before he was fatally shot by Secret Service agents.

Mr Biden ordered an independent security review of the attack, which killed a bystander, critically wounded two others and prompted questions about how a gunman was able to open fire from a rooftop near a Pennsylvania campaign rally. The FBI was investigating the shooting as a potential act of domestic terrorism.

Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, said the upper part of his right ear was pierced by a bullet. His aides said he was in “great spirits” and doing well.

In a post on his social media site, Trump said: “In this moment, it is more important than ever that we stand United, and show our True Character as Americans, remaining Strong and Determined, and not allowing Evil to Win.”

Key Points

  • Trump arrives in Milwaukee as authorities investigate motive

  • Biden gives forceful Oval Office address following Trump assassination attempt

  • FBI names 20-year-old Thomas Matthew Crooks as shooting suspect

  • Trump calls on America to ‘stand united’ in new statement after assassination attempt

  • Witness claims he saw rifle-toting man ‘crawling up the roof’ and tried to alert police

What do we know about the other victims?

07:16 , Namita Singh

Governor Josh Shapiro on Sunday said the man killed at the Trump rally, Corey Comperatore, “dove on his family to protect them”.

“Corey died a hero,” the governor said. Comperatore, 50, was a former fire chief.

Pennsylvania State Police identified two other men who were shot as David Dutch, 57, of New Kensington, and James Copenhaver, 74, of Moon Township. Both men remained hospitalised and were listed in stable condition, state police said.

What is known about the Trump rally shooter?

07:13 , Namita Singh

Thomas Matthew Crooks, the 20-year-old nursing-home employee from suburban Pittsburgh who tried to shoot Trump, was a registered Republican who packed explosives in the vehicle he drove to the campaign rally an hour from his home.

Authorities said it was an attempted assassination but haven’t determined what motivated Crooks to try to kill Trump.

The road is blocked on Sunday, 14 July 2024, to the Bethel Park home believed to be connected to the shooter in the apparent assassination attempt of Republican presidential candidate former president Donald Trump (AP)
The road is blocked on Sunday, 14 July 2024, to the Bethel Park home believed to be connected to the shooter in the apparent assassination attempt of Republican presidential candidate former president Donald Trump (AP)

Law enforcement officials were working on Sunday to learn more about the young man from Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, to determine what motivated him.

The FBI has not yet identified any underlying ideology or threatening writing or social media posts from Crooks, who had no past criminal cases against him, according to public court records. The FBI believes Crooks acted alone and the shooting was being investigated as a potential act of domestic terrorism.

How did the gunman get so close to Trump?

07:09 , Namita Singh

The US Secret Service is investigating how the gunman armed with an AR-style rifle was able to get on a nearby roof and shoot and injure the former president at a rally Saturday in Pennsylvania.

The gunman, who officials said was killed by Secret Service personnel, fired multiple shots at the stage from an “elevated position outside of the rally venue,” the agency said. Trump was bloodied and says he was “shot with a bullet that pierced the upper part of my right ear.” A spectator was killed.

Police continue to block roads around the home of Thomas Matthew Crooks as the FBI continues its investigation into the attempted assassination of former US president Donald Trump in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, on 14 July 2024 (AFP via Getty Images)
Police continue to block roads around the home of Thomas Matthew Crooks as the FBI continues its investigation into the attempted assassination of former US president Donald Trump in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, on 14 July 2024 (AFP via Getty Images)

An Associated Press analysis of more than a dozen videos and photos taken at the Trump rally, as well as satellite imagery of the site, shows the shooter was able to get astonishingly close to the stage where the former president was speaking.

The roof was fewer than 150m from where Trump was speaking. President Joe Biden has directed an independent review of the security at the rally.

GOP convention protests are on despite shooting at Trump rally

06:45 , Namita Singh

Activists gathering in Milwaukee for the start of the Republican National Convention say the assassination attempt on former president Donald Trump won’t affect their long-standing plans to demonstrate outside the convention site this week.

A diverse range of organisations and activists is expected outside the downtown Fiserv Forum. The largest expected demonstration was slated to start this morning. The Coalition to March on the RNC, comprised largely of local groups, planned to protest for access to abortion rights, for immigrant rights, and against the war in Gaza among other issues.

“The shooting has nothing to do with us,” said Omar Flores, a coalition spokesperson, speaking about the Saturday evening shots fired at Trump during a rally in Butler, Pennsylvania. “We’re going to continue with the march as we planned.”

People gather to pray for Republican presidential candidate former US president Donald Trump ahead of the Republican National Convention at Zeidler Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA, 14 July 2024 (EPA)
People gather to pray for Republican presidential candidate former US president Donald Trump ahead of the Republican National Convention at Zeidler Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA, 14 July 2024 (EPA)

The progressive coalition protesting the RNC has touted their demonstrations as “family friendly.” Organisers expect an estimated 5,000 to 10,000 attendees. Separately, the Philadelphia-based Poor People’s Army, which organises for economic justice, plans an afternoon march.

Smaller organisations also plan to demonstrate inside parks closer to the convention site where Trump is set to officially accept the party’s presidential nomination later this week.

When does a presumptive Republican presidential nominee become a nominee?

06:39 , Namita Singh

Nearly 2,500 delegates are gathering in Milwaukee this week for a roll call vote to select the Republican presidential nominee, formally ending the presidential primary.

It will be a moment lacking in suspense: former president Donald Trump has already been the presumptive nominee for months, having clinched a majority of convention delegates on 12 March but he doesn’t officially become the party’s standard-bearer until after the roll call, when delegates vote on the nominee.

A flag displaying Republican presidential candidate former president Donald Trump hangs over a Highway 24 overpass in Lafayette, California on Sunday, 14 July 2024 (AP)
A flag displaying Republican presidential candidate former president Donald Trump hangs over a Highway 24 overpass in Lafayette, California on Sunday, 14 July 2024 (AP)

A vast majority of those delegates are already bound to support Trump, who only needs a majority to win the Republican nomination. However, due to state party rules, at least a handful are still slated to go to former candidate Nikki Haley, even after she released her delegates.

While Democratic delegates are technically allowed to stray from their pledged candidate to vote their conscience, Republican delegates remain bound to their assigned candidate no matter their personal views. That means that the party rules almost guarantee that Trump will officially become the nominee this week.

What we know about gunman Thomas Matthew Crooks who shot at Trump

06:26 , Namita Singh

The gunman who carried out an attempted assassination on Donald Trump at a rally has been identified by the FBI as Thomas Matthew Crooks.

The 20-year-old resident of Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, opened fire with a semi-automatic AR-15 rifle while the former president was speaking on stage in the rural town of Butler on Saturday.

Multiple shots were fired towards the stage and Trump was quickly surrounded and rushed to safety by his Secret Service detail, with blood streaming from his ear down his cheek.

More here:

What we know about the gunman who shot at Trump at Pennsylvania rally

Trump fundraises off assassination attempt as Biden suspends campaign ads

06:19 , Namita Singh

Donald Trump’s campaign has begun soliciting donations in the wake of his attempted assassination even as Joe Biden’s campaign halted all TV ads while the nation reels from the attack at a rally in rural Pennsylvania.

One day after a bullet grazed Trump’s ear in the shooting that left one spectator dead, his campaign sent at least two text message-based fundraising appeals which contain links to WinRed, the GOP-affiliated fundraising platform run by the ex-president’s allies.

The page contains an image of Trump raising his fist while wearing one of his signature campaign hats, an American flag flying above. It appears deliberately meant to echo the now-famous photograph, of the bloodied ex-president striking a defiant pose as he was rushed off by his Secret Service detail, taken by Associated Press photographer Evan Vucci moments after the shooting.

Read this joint report from Andrew Feinberg and Justin Rohrlich:

Trump fundraises off assassination attempt as Biden suspends ads in aftermath

Keir Starmer ‘appalled’ by attack on Trump

06:17 , Namita Singh

Prime minister Sir Keir Starmer has said he was “appalled” by the attack on the former US president and spoke to him on Sunday afternoon.

The PA news agency understands Sir Keir condemned the violence, expressed his condolences for the victims and their families, and wished Donald Trump and those injured a quick recovery.

Prime minister Keir Starmer and UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin inside the stadium before the Euro final match (Reuters)
Prime minister Keir Starmer and UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin inside the stadium before the Euro final match (Reuters)

Writing on Truth Social earlier on Sunday, Trump thanked well-wishers and said “it was God alone who prevented the unthinkable from happening”.

“We will fear not, but instead remain resilient in our faith and defiant in the face of wickedness.”

He added: “Our love goes out to the other victims and their families.

“We pray for the recovery of those who were wounded, and hold in our hearts the memory of the citizen who was so horribly killed.”

How the assassination attempt on Donald Trump unfolded

06:00 , Andy Gregory

Former president Donald Trump survived an assassination attempt at his campaign rally on Saturday night, just days before he is set to be officially crowned the Republican party’s presidential candidate at the RNC.

Trump was struck in the ear by the bullet before he ducked down behind the stage podium and was protected by Secret Service agents.

One rally attendee was killed and two others seriously injured, before the gunman, a registered Republican voter, was shot dead by authorities.

Here’s how the attack played out:

How the assassination attempt on Donald Trump unfolded

Trump heads to convention as authorities investigate motive

05:54 , Namita Singh

Donald Trump called for unity and resilience on Sunday after an attempt on his life injected fresh uncertainty into an already tumultuous presidential campaign, while president Joe Biden implored Americans to “cool it down” in the final stretch and “resolve our differences at the ballot box”.

The opponents’ statements followed an attack that shook the firmament of the American political system, causing at least a temporary detente in a heated presidential campaign expected to resume again in earnest amid the pageantry of the upcoming Republican National Convention.

A full day after the shooting, the gunman’s motive remained a mystery, with investigators saying they believe he acted alone before he was fatally shot by Secret Service agents.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives at Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport (Reuters)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives at Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport (Reuters)

Mr Biden ordered an independent security review of the attack, which killed a bystander, critically wounded two others and prompted questions about how a gunman was able to open fire from a rooftop near a Pennsylvania campaign rally. The FBI was investigating the shooting as a potential act of domestic terrorism.

Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, said the upper part of his right ear was pierced by a bullet. His aides said he was in “great spirits” and doing well. He arrived in Milwaukee on Sunday evening for the convention, which begins Monday. He told the Washington Examiner that he had rewritten his speech for the event to focus more on national unity than on the policies of Mr Biden.

Wisconsin governor asks for reconsideration on a widened no-gun zone around RNC

05:16 , Namita Singh

Wisconsin governor Tony Evers is asking officials to revisit a prior decision that allows people to bring guns within blocks of the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee after an assassination attempt against former president Donald Trump, a person familiar with the matter told the Associated Press on Sunday.

Mr Evers believes additional steps need to be taken to keep the convention’s attendees, law enforcement and the local community safe, the person said. The person could not discuss details of the request publicly and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.

Supporters of former president Donald Trump gather outside of Mar-A-Lago on 14 July 2024 in Palm Beach, Florida (Getty Images)
Supporters of former president Donald Trump gather outside of Mar-A-Lago on 14 July 2024 in Palm Beach, Florida (Getty Images)

The request was made to the US Secret Service, which would bring it to the Republican National Committee, the person said.

The Secret Service said at a news conference on Sunday that they were confident in their existing security plan and hadn’t made any changes following the shooting.

US representative staffer loses job after post on Trump assassination attempt

05:06 , Namita Singh

Democratic US Representative Bennie Thompson says one of his staff members is no longer employed after he learned of a post she made on social media.

Screenshots of her apparent Facebook post, which was related to the attempted assassination of Trump, circulated on social media after the shooting.

The screenshots showed a post in which the staffer appeared to say she does not condone violence but suggested the shooter should get “shooting lessons” and should not have missed.

The post could not be reviewed independently due to the user’s private Facebook profile.

Oversight committee summons Secret Service director

05:05 , Namita Singh

The Secret Service denied accusations by some supporters of Donald Trump that it had rejected a campaign request for more security, saying that it recently “added protective resources and capabilities to the former president’s security detail”.

Hours after the assassination attempt, the Oversight Committee in the Republican-led US House of Representatives summoned Secret Service Director Kimberly Cheatle to testify at a hearing scheduled for 22 July.

Police continue to block roads around the home of Thomas Matthew Crooks as the FBI continues its investigation into the attempted assassination of former US president Donald Trump in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, on 14 July 2024 (AFP via Getty Images)
Police continue to block roads around the home of Thomas Matthew Crooks as the FBI continues its investigation into the attempted assassination of former US president Donald Trump in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, on 14 July 2024 (AFP via Getty Images)

The shots on Saturday appeared to come from outside the area secured by the Secret Service, the agency said.

Butler County Sheriff Michael Slupe said Butler Township police officers had responded to a call about a suspicious person, but were unaware he was armed. He said one officer helped hoist another officer up to look on the roof. As the officer pulled himself up he was confronted by the shooter.

“The shooter heard him or saw him, he turns around with his rifle and of course the guy just lets go and he falls to the ground,” said Mr Slupe. The shooter opened fire shortly afterwards, he said.

Suspect a nursing home aide

04:57 , Namita Singh

The FBI identified Thomas Matthew Crooks of Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, as the suspect and said the shooting was being investigated as an attempted assassination.

FBI officials said on Sunday that the shooter acted alone. The agency said it had yet to identify an ideology linked to the suspect or any indications of mental health issues or found any threatening language on the suspect’s social media accounts.

An undated image obtained 14 July 2024 shows a driver’s license photograph of Thomas Matthew Crooks,the suspected shooter of former US president Donald Trump (AFP via Getty Images)
An undated image obtained 14 July 2024 shows a driver’s license photograph of Thomas Matthew Crooks,the suspected shooter of former US president Donald Trump (AFP via Getty Images)

Crooks was a registered Republican, according to state voter records, and donated $15 to a Democratic political action committee when he was 17. At the time of the shooting he was employed as a dietary aide at a nursing home. The Bethel Park Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center said Crooks “performed his job without concern and his background check was clean.”

The gun - an AR-style 556 rifle - had been legally bought, FBI officials said, adding they believed it had been purchased by the suspect’s father. The officials said “a suspicious device” was found in the suspect’s vehicle, which was inspected by bomb technicians and rendered safe.

Jill Biden spoke to Melania Trump after Donald Trump shooting – report

04:47 , Namita Singh

US first lady Jill Biden spoke with former first lady Melania Trump by phone on Sunday afternoon after former president Donald Trump was shot, NBC News reported, citing a White House official.

Biden decries political violence in address from Oval Office

04:47 , Namita Singh

President Joe Biden says “we can’t, we must not go down” the road of political violence in America after Donald Trump’s assassination attempt.

In a primetime national address, Mr Biden said that political passions can run high but “we must never descend into violence.”

“We can do this,” the president implored, saying the nation was founded on a democracy that gave reason and balance a chance to prevail over brute force.

President Joe Biden addresses the nation from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Sunday, 14 July 2024, about the assassination attempt of Republican presidential candidate former president Donald Trump (AP)
President Joe Biden addresses the nation from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Sunday, 14 July 2024, about the assassination attempt of Republican presidential candidate former president Donald Trump (AP)

“American democracy – where arguments are made in good faith. American democracy, where the rule of law is respected. Where decency, dignity, fair play aren’t just quaint notions, they’re living, breathing realities.”

This is a chance to bring whole country together, says Trump

04:43 , Namita Singh

Former president Donald Trump told the Washington Examiner that he has rewritten the speech he was set to deliver at the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee on Thursday after being the target of an attempted assassination at his rally on Saturday.

“The speech I was going to give on Thursday was going to be a humdinger,” he told the news outlet in an article posted Sunday evening.

In the interview, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee says he will now call for a new effort at national unity, noting that people from different political views have called him.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is escorted to a motorcade following an attempted assassination at a campaign event in Butler, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, 13 July 2024 (AP)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is escorted to a motorcade following an attempted assassination at a campaign event in Butler, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, 13 July 2024 (AP)

“This is a chance to bring the whole country, even the whole world, together. The speech will be a lot different, a lot different than it would’ve been two days ago,” he said.

Trump also reflected on the moment a bullet pierced the upper part of his right ear. He said he was saved from death because he turned from the crowd to look at a screen showing off a chart he was referring to.“That reality is just setting in,” he told the news outlet as he boarded his plane in Bedminster, New Jersey, for Milwaukee.

“I rarely look away from the crowd. Had I not done that in that moment, well, we would not be talking today, would we?”

Congress to conduct full investigation

04:30 , Oliver O'Connell

In an interview this morning on NBC’s Today show, Speaker of the House Mike Johnson reacted to the assassination attempt of former President Donald Trump, saying: “America awakens to a rather surreal morning. This is a horrific act of political violence. It ought to be roundly condemned. Obviously, we can’t go on like this as a society.”

Speaker Johnson also told co-anchors Savannah Guthrie and Willie Geist that he had spoken with Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas last night and “asked him some pointed questions with regard to homeland security and what happened there.”

He continued: “I’ve already announced that Congress will do a full investigation of the tragedy yesterday to determine where there were lapses in security and anything else that the American people need to know and deserve to know.”

Johnson added: “But in the meantime, we’ve got to turn the rhetoric down. We’ve got to turn the temperature down in this country. We need leaders of all parties, on both sides, to call that out and make sure that happens so that we can go forward and maintain our free society that we all are blessed to have.”

Who is Thomas Matthew Crooks?

04:24 , Namita Singh

Thomas Matthew Crooks graduated from Bethel Park High School in 2022.

In his senior year, Crooks was among several students given an award for math and science, according to a Tribune-Review story at the time.

He tried out for the school’s rifle team but was turned away because he was a bad shooter, said Frederick Mach, a current captain of the team who was a few years behind Crooks at the school.

This 3 June 2022 still image taken from video provided by the Bethel Park School District shows student Thomas Matthew Crooks in the 2022 Bethel Park High School Commencement in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania (AP)
This 3 June 2022 still image taken from video provided by the Bethel Park School District shows student Thomas Matthew Crooks in the 2022 Bethel Park High School Commencement in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania (AP)

Jason Kohler, who said he attended the same high school but did not share any classes with Crooks, said Crooks was bullied at school and sat alone at lunch time. Other students mocked him for the clothes he wore, which included hunting outfits, Mr Kohler said.

Shooter’s motive remains elusive

04:19 , Namita Singh

Officials say the search for a motive for Thomas Matthew Crooks, the man who tried to assassinate Donald Trump, is still ongoing.

The 20-year-old man who tried to assassinate former president Donald Trump first came to law enforcement’s attention at Saturday’s rally when spectators noticed him acting strangely outside the campaign event.

The tip sparked a frantic search, but officers were unable to find him before he managed to get on a roof, where he opened fire.

Thomas Matthew Crooks was identified by the FBI as the shooter involved in an assassination attempt of former president Donald Trump at a campaign rally on Saturday, 13 July 2024, in Butler, Pennsylvania (AP)
Thomas Matthew Crooks was identified by the FBI as the shooter involved in an assassination attempt of former president Donald Trump at a campaign rally on Saturday, 13 July 2024, in Butler, Pennsylvania (AP)

In the wake of the shooting that killed one spectator, investigators are hunting for any clues about what may have driven Crooks, of Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, to carry out the shocking attack.

The FBI said they were investigating it as a potential act of domestic terrorism, but the absence of a clear ideological motive by the man shot dead by Secret Service allowed conspiracy theories to flourish.

The FBI said it believes Crooks, who had bomb-making materials in the car he drove to the rally, acted alone. Investigators have found no threatening comments on social media accounts or ideological positions that could help explain what led him to target Trump.

Leading Christian conservative calls Trump shooting ‘wake-up call’

04:07 , Namita Singh

Tony Perkins, among the most influential Christian conservatives in the Republican Party, was preparing to mount a confrontation with convention planners over his disdain for how debate during the RNC’s platform committee was shut down on Monday, all but eliminating objections to the Donald Trump campaign’s desire to soften language on abortion.

The attempted assassination changed all that, Mr Perkins told the Associated Press after a prayer service in suburban Milwaukee Sunday evening.

“We live in a violent society. And we run the risk of becoming callous to it. And if we become callous to it, we’re going to have more of it,” Mr Perkins said. “I’m hoping and praying it’s a wake-up call in many ways.”

“So, as a result, I’m stepping back from forcing the issue on the platform,” he added. “More divisiveness would not be healthy.”Mr Perkins called social media “a contagion” for toxic rhetoric passed along by people who do not feel that they’re heard by their government or leaders, and attributed the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol in part to the notion of overheated online rage.

“We need to stop,” he said.

And while thanking God during the service for Trump’s survival, Mr Perkins told more than 100 in the Pewaukee church, “Lord, I believe that our nation is at such a volatile moment that yesterday could have torn this nation right in half.”

04:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Trump rally victim used his body to shield family from gunfire

03:30 , AP

The former fire chief who was killed at a Pennsylvania rally for Donald Trump spent his final moments diving in front of his family to protect them from gunfire that rang out Saturday during an assassination attempt against the former president.

Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro confirmed Sunday that Corey Comperatore, 50, had died a “hero,” using his body as a shield to protect both his wife and daughter from the bullets.

“His wife shared with me that he dove on his family to protect them,” Shapiro said.

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Former fire chief who died at Trump rally used his body to shield family from gunfire

03:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Zelensky sends message to Trump after assassination attempt at rally

Here’s what to look out for as Trumpworld’s RNC gets underway in Milwaukee

02:30 , Oliver O'Connell

The Independent’s John Bowden is part of our team on the ground in Milwaukee this week.

Here’s his preview of what to expect.

Trumpworld’s RNC is about to begin in Milwaukee. Here’s what to look out for

Congressman who attended Trump rally says US is now ‘like a third-world country’

02:15 , Oliver O'Connell

Congressman Mike Kelly, who attended the deadly Butler, Pennsylvania, rally where Donald Trump survived an assassination attempt, called on Americans to “wake up” and stop acting “like a third-world country.”

“Physically, I’m fine. Mentally, I’m fine. But … This has got to stop. This has absolutely got to stop,” Kelly, who represents Butler County, told The Hill on Sunday.

Kelly Rissman has the story.

Congressman at Trump rally says US is ‘like a third-world country’ right now

Analysis: Donald Trump, a bullet and the fine red line that lies between democracy and violent chaos

02:00 , Oliver O'Connell

The Independent’s World Affairs Editor Kim Sengupta writes:

The blood on Donald Trump’s face was a shocking and vivid reminder of the fine red line that lies between democracy and violent chaos in even the world’s most powerful country.

The gunman’s bullet struck the former president’s right ear before Secret Service agents rushed to the stage and hauled him down.

And now, the image which emerged of him injured, fist raised in defiance, the Stars and Stripes flying above, may help propel him back into the White House.

With just an inch’s difference, the shot could have led to Trump’s death and sparked a very real chance of America – bitterly divided with a heavily armed population – sliding into widespread violence, insurrection, and possibly even a second civil war.

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Donald Trump, a bullet and the fine red line between democracy and violent chaos

ICYMI: President Biden addresses nation from Oval Office

01:50 , Oliver O'Connell

Biden gives forceful Oval Office address following Trump assassination attempt: ‘We are not enemies'

01:35 , Oliver O'Connell

President Joe Biden forcefully condemned the assassination attempt of Donald Trump in a rare Oval Office address on Sunday evening, saying it was time to ‘lower the temperature’ of politics as the country heads into the final months until Election Day.

Eric Garcia reports.

Biden gives forceful Oval Office address following Trump assassination attempt

Watch: Rooftop where shooter shot from identified as potential vulnerability days before event

01:31 , Oliver O'Connell

RFK Jr praises Melania Trump for statement after attempt on husband’s life

01:25 , Oliver O'Connell

Robert F Kennedy Jr has praised Melania Trump for her statement after the attempt on the life of Donald Trump.

He wrote: “Beautiful words from Melania Trump. Let all Americans remember that their opponents are full, precious human beings.”

Read Melania’s statement in full here:

Melania Trump brands gunman who shot husband a ‘monster’

01:12 , Oliver O'Connell

Disagreement is inevitable in American democracy. It’s part of human nature. But politics must never be a literal battlefield. God forbid a killing field. I believe politics ought to be an arena for peaceful debate.

We debate and disagree. We compare and contrast the character, the candidates, the records, the issues, the agenda, the vision for America. But in America, we resolve our differences at the ballot box.

President Joe Biden

01:09 , Oliver O'Connell

I’ll continue to speak out strongly for our democracy, stand up for our Constitution, call for action at the ballot box. No violence on our streets. That’s how democracy should work. We debate and disagree.

President Joe Biden

01:06 , Oliver O'Connell

There is no place in America for this kind of violence… We can’t allow this violence to be normalized… It’s time to cool it down. And we all have a responsibility to do that.

President Joe Biden

01:05 , Oliver O'Connell

I want to speak to you tonight about the need for us to lower the temperature in our politics… We may disagree. We are not enemies. We’re neighbors. We’re friends, coworkers, citizens, and most importantly, we’re fellow Americans.

President Joe Biden

01:02 , Oliver O'Connell

Trump fundraises off assassination attempt as Biden suspends campaign ads

Monday 15 July 2024 00:55 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump’s campaign has begun soliciting donations in the wake of his attempted assassination even as Joe Biden’s campaign halted all TV ads while the nation reels from the attack at a rally in rural Pennsylvania.

Andrew Feinberg and Justin Rohrlich have the story.

Trump fundraises off assassination attempt as Biden suspends ads in aftermath

Trump allies turn to conspiracy theories to blame assassination attempt on Democrats

Monday 15 July 2024 00:45 , Oliver O'Connell

Republican lawmakers and right-wing personalities are blaming President Joe Biden for the assassination attempt against his rival Donald Trump, alleging sinister motives from a sitting president and inflaming tensions against urgent calls for calm.

More than two dozen congressional Republicans are blaming the shooting on Biden, Democratic officials and the press.

Alex Woodward reports.

Trump allies blame assassination attempt on Biden and Democrats

Trump rally shooter: Bullied ‘loner’ who never shared political views

Monday 15 July 2024 00:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Former classmates of the 20-year-old gunman authorities identified as the would-be assassin who fired several rounds at former President Donald Trump at a Pennsylvania rally on Saturday remembered him as a somewhat unremarkable teen who enjoyed video games and didn’t make much noise about politics.

Justin Rohrlich reports.

Trump shooter a bullied loner’ but never shared his political views, classmates say

CNN shows new footage of shooter

Monday 15 July 2024 00:24 , Oliver O'Connell

Trump arrives in Milwaukee

Monday 15 July 2024 00:22 , Oliver O'Connell

Republican National Convention to continue as scheduled

Monday 15 July 2024 00:15 , Oliver O'Connell

The Republican National Convention will continue as scheduled after a 20-year-old shot former president Donald Trump in the ear Saturday, days before he was set to be named the nominee.

“President Trump is doing well and is grateful to law enforcement and first responders for their fast action,” Chairman Michael Whatley and Co-Chairman Lara Trump, the former president’s daughter-in-law, said in a statement published on Trump’s campaign website.

Michelle Del Rey reports.

Republican National Convention to continue as scheduled after shooting

Republicans, pollsters and betting sites suggest assassination attempt will see Trump win

Monday 15 July 2024 00:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump’s chances of being elected president for a second time increased after the attempt on his life at a rally in Pennsylvania, according to an array of Republicans, pollsters and betting markets.

Images of the former president with a bloodied face, and pumping his fist in the air following the shooting on Saturday, prompted an outpouring of support from across the political spectrum. But conservative figures and GOP lawmakers pointed out the potential political impact of the shocking event.

Richard Hall reports.

‘He just won’: Republicans say assassination attempt will see Trump win election

Trump ‘authorized’ GoFundMe for shooting victims raises nearly $2m

Sunday 14 July 2024 23:52 , Oliver O'Connell

A host of conservative figures have poured money into a GoFundMe page for the victims of the shooting at Donald Trump’s Butler, Pennsylvania rally - with it now nearing $2 million in total donations.

The former president survived an assassination attempt, suffering a bullet wound to his ear. One rally-goer died and two were critically injured.

Kelly Rissman reports.

Trump ‘authorized’ GoFundMe for shooting victims raises nearly $2m

Sunday 14 July 2024 23:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Aerial pic by the New York Post captures the harrowing scene

Sunday 14 July 2024 23:15 , Kelly Rissman

Full story: Melania Trump breaks silence over Donald’s assassination attempt

Sunday 14 July 2024 23:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Melania Trump broke her silence on the assassination attempt against her husband Donald Trump.

Kelly Rissman reports on the former first lady’s remarks.

Melania Trump breaks silence over Donald’s assassination attempt

Congressman who attended Trump rally says US is now ‘like a third-world country’

Sunday 14 July 2024 22:45 , Kelly Rissman

‘It’s not the United States of America anymore. It’s the divided states of America — and too radical,’ Republican Congressman Mike Kelly said after witnessing the assassination attempt against Donald Trump.

He called for Americans to “wake up” and start taking personal responsibility for their divisive rhetoric.

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Congressman at Trump rally says US is ‘like a third-world country’ right now

Trump raised his fist and projected a characteristic image of defiance

Sunday 14 July 2024 22:30 , AP

He was bleeding from the head after a barrage of bullets flew through his rally when Secret Service agents gave the go-ahead that it was safe to move from the stage.

But Donald Trump had something he needed to do.

“Wait, wait, wait!” the former president could be heard telling his agents, who had encircled him in a protective bubble and helped him to his feet.

Trump, his face smeared with blood, forced his right fist through a tangle of agents’ arms. He raised it high into the air before pumping his fist.

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Amid chaos and gunfire, Trump raised his fist and projected a characteristic image of defiance

Trump is on his way to Milwaukee, his senior adviser says

Sunday 14 July 2024 22:14 , Kelly Rissman

Rep Ronny Jackson reveals nephew was injured in Trump rally shooting

Sunday 14 July 2024 22:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Republican lawmaker Ronny Jackson has revealed that his nephew is among the injured in the assassination attempt of Donald Trump that left one victim dead and two people in critical condition.

Rachel Sharp has the story.

Texas Rep Ronny Jackson reveals nephew was injured in Trump rally shooting

In pictures: Bloody Trump and chaotic scene after shooting at Pennsylvania rally

Sunday 14 July 2024 21:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Pictured: Bloody Trump and chaotic scene after shooting at Trump’s Pennsylvania rally

‘Trump Authorized’ fundraiser nears $2 million

Sunday 14 July 2024 21:15 , Kelly Rissman

In the wake of the harrowing incident, Meredith O’Rourke, the national finance director and senior advisor to Trump, launched a “President Trump Authorized” GoFundMe page for the victims of the tragedy. One person died and two others were critically injured.

Famous figures have flocked to donate, contributing tens of thousands in the day since the tragedy.

Musician and Trump advocate Kid Rock and president of Ultimate Fighting Championship Dana White each donated $50,000 to the fund.

Trump’s daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner, failed GOP presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy, conservative pundit Ben Shapiro, rightwing commentator Benny Johnson, and billionaire Bill Ackman have also contributed to the campaign.

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Trump ‘authorized’ GoFundMe for shooting victims raises nearly $2m

Trump shooting souvenir T-shirts already on sale

Sunday 14 July 2024 21:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Souvenir t-shirts picturing the aftermath of the assassination attempt on former president Donald Trump have already gone on sale.

The t-shirts use an image of a defiant Trump raising his fist in the air while blood dripped down his cheek from his ear, as Secret Service agents tried to rush him off the stage.

Holly Bancroft reports.

Trump shooting souvenir T-shirts already on sale after assassination attempt

Trump supporters gather outside Mar-a-Lago to rally for ex-president after shooting

Sunday 14 July 2024 20:45 , Oliver O'Connell

Supporters of Former President Donald J Trump held a vigil outside his Mar-a-Lago home hours after he survived an assassination attempt at a Pennsylvania rally on Saturday.

“We’re really shocked, just shocked,” Debbie Macchia, a Boynton Beach resident told the Palm Beach Daily News, adding she wants to know “who ordered” the attack.

Michelle Del Rey reports.

Trump backers gather outside Mar-a-Lago after rally shooting

Watch: Netanyahu gives statement on assassination attempt on Trump

Sunday 14 July 2024 20:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Trump nearly killed with an AR-style rifle he resisted calls to ban

Sunday 14 July 2024 20:15 , Oliver O'Connell

A 20-year-old gunman fired on Donald Trump with a rifle that has been at the center of the national debate over gun control, and that the former president and Congress have resisted calls to ban.

Since taking office, President Joe Biden has made dozens of unanswered calls to Congress to renew a ban on so-called assault weapons like the AR-15-style rifle that was used to shoot into a crowd at a Trump rally on July 13.

The assassination attempt in Pennsylvania on Saturday night is likely to renew debate about the state of the nation’s gun laws and the proliferation of high-powered firearms like AR-style rifles, which have become the most popular firearms in America while being used in some of the deadliest mass shooting events over the last two decades.

Alex Woodward reports.

Tump was nearly killed with an AR-style rifle he resisted calls to ban

Watch: Biden urges people to not make assumption about motive for shooting

Sunday 14 July 2024 20:05 , Oliver O'Connell

Trump’s children decry ‘political violence’ after shooting

Sunday 14 July 2024 20:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump’s children have come forward to decry political violence after their father was struck in the ear by a bullet during a rally speech in Pennsylvania, calling him a “fighter.”

“Thank you for your love and prayers for my father and for the other victims of today’s senseless violence in Butler, Pennsylvania,” Ivanka Trump posted on X a few hours after the incident.

“I am grateful to the Secret Service and all the other law enforcement officers for their quick and decisive actions today. I continue to pray for our country.”

She added: “I love you Dad, today and always.”

Kelly Rissman reports.

Trump’s children decry ‘political violence’ after former president shot at rally

World leaders react to Trump shooting

Sunday 14 July 2024 19:45 , Reuters

BRITISH PRIME MINISTER KEIR STARMER

“I am appalled by the shocking scenes at President Trump‘s rally and we send him and his family our best wishes. Political violence in any form has no place in our societies and my thoughts are with all the victims of this attack.”

CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU

“I’m sickened by the shooting at former President Trump. It cannot be overstated — political violence is never acceptable. My thoughts are with former President Trump, those at the event, and all Americans.”

JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER FUMIO KISHIDA

“We must stand firm against any form of violence that challenges democracy. I pray for former President Trump‘s speedy recovery.

FRENCH PRESIDENT EMMANUEL MACRON

“My thoughts are with President Donald Trump, the victim of an assassination attempt. I send him my wishes for a speedy recovery. A spectator has died, several are injured. It is a tragedy for our democracies. France shares the shock and indignation of the American people.”

GERMAN CHANCELLOR OLAF SCHOLZ

“The attack ... is despicable. I wish him a speedy recovery. My thoughts are also with the people who were affected by the attack. Such acts of violence threaten democracy.”

ITALIAN PRIME MINISTER GIORGIA MELONI

“In political debate ...there are limits that should never be crossed. It is a warning to everyone, regardless of political affiliation, to restore dignity and honour to politics, against all forms of hatred and violence, and for the good of our democracies. Solidarity with Donald #Trump, his supporters and the injured, and my heartfelt condolences for the victim and his family.”

ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU

“This wasn’t just an attack on Donald Trump. This was an attack on a candidate for the presidency of the United States. This was an attack on America. It was an attack on democracy, it was an attack on all the democracies. On behalf of myself, my family, the Government and people of Israel, we wish President Trump a speedy recovery, continued good health and continued strength”.

RUSSIA

The Kremlin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that while Russia did not believe the current U.S. administration was responsible for the assassination attempt on Donald Trump, it had created an atmosphere that provoked the attack.

INDIAN PRIME MINISTER NARENDRA MODI

Modi condemned the attack, adding “Violence has no place in politics and democracies. Wish him speedy recovery. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the deceased, those injured and the American people.”

Ex-federal agents rip Secret Service for handling of Trump rally and shooting response

Sunday 14 July 2024 19:35 , Oliver O'Connell

The Secret Service needs to act “extremely quickly” in reviewing its protective strategies following an attempt on former President Donald Trump’s life, one former agent who served on Barack Obama’s security detail says.

The agency will now face its own reckoning in the aftermath of Saturday’s shooting at a Trump campaign rally in Pennsylvania, which saw the candidate’s ear bloodied by a gunman taking aim from a nearby roof.

Numerous groups have raised questions about how the Secret Service didn’t stop the shooting and how agents responded in its aftermath.

Justin Rohrlich reports.

Ex federal agents rip Secret Service for handling of Trump rally and shooting

Congress launches investigation into Trump rally shooting

Sunday 14 July 2024 19:30 , Oliver O'Connell

An investigation is being launched by Congress following the assassination attempt of Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday.

House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer said that his panel will hold an “emergency hearing” on July 22 and have requested an appearance from Secret Service Director Kimberly Cheatle.

“I have already contacted the Secret Service for a briefing and am also calling on to appear for a hearing. The Oversight Committee will send a formal invitation soon,” Comer, a Republican from Kentucky, said in a statement.

He also told Fox that he expected a full briefing of the shooting on Monday or Tuesday.

Louise Boyle has the latest.

Congress launches probe into Trump shooting with Secret Service director to testify