Pritzker 'thankful' no Illinois mass shootings, failing to cite 2

  • Gov. J.B. Pritzker pauses while praising the bravery of the officers who responded to the Henry Pratt workplace shooting in Aurora.

      Gov. J.B. Pritzker pauses while praising the bravery of the officers who responded to the Henry Pratt workplace shooting in Aurora. Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer, February 2019

 
Associated Press
Updated 8/5/2019 4:52 PM

SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. J.B. Pritzker says he's thankful that the state has not suffered a mass shooting like those over the weekend -- without mentioning two mass killings in the past decade.

The Democrat was asked Monday in Chicago about the shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, which left a total of 31 dead.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Pritzker said: "Thank God that it hasn't happened here."

He made no mention of the Feb. 15 shooting at an Aurora warehouse that killed five or the one at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb on Feb. 14, 2008, that left five students dead.

Pritzker spokeswoman Jordan Abudayyeh said Pritzker was referring to shootings involving white nationalists "and could have made the point more clearly."

Pritzker did note that Chicago is beset by deadly gun violence.

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