Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a GOP presidential candidate, was met with boos while speaking late Sunday at a vigil held for the three victims of a racially motivated shooting in Jacksonville.
Democratic City Councilwoman Ju’Coby Pittman, who represents the neighborhood where the shooting occurred, addressed the governor in her remarks to a crowd of about 200 people who had gathered a block from the Dollar General store where the gunman opened fire.
“Governor, I know you’re here,” Pittman said. “And you know what? I’m glad you’re here, because you can see the people and the impact it’s had on the community.”
Someone in the crowd then shouted: “He don’t care!”
When DeSantis began speaking and the crowd began to boo, Pittman stepped in to ask the gathering to listen to the governor.
“It ain’t about parties today,” she said. “A bullet don’t know a party.”
DeSantis called the shooter a “major league scumbag” in his comments, adding that there was no tolerance for racist violence in the state.
“What he did is totally unacceptable in the state of Florida,” DeSantis said. “We are not going to let people be targeted based on their race.”