According to a report from ABC News, the Department of Homeland Security has issued a "heightened" threat alert to law enforcement officials, warning of possible domestic terror incidents likely to be perpetrated by extremists inspired by the Uvalde mass shooting.
ABC reports that DHS fired off a National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin on Tuesday, which is related to the elementary school shooting that claimed the lives of 19 students and two teachers, and specifically used the term: "domestic violent extremist."
Noting the Texas mass shooting, the bulletin states, "Others have seized on the event to attempt to spread disinformation and incite grievances, including claims it was a government-staged event meant to advance gun control measures.”
ABC's Luke Barr added that this is the sixth such warning since Joe Biden became president following a Jan 6, 2021 assault by supporters of Donald Trump on the nation's Capitol trying to stop the certification of the 2020 presidential election.
According to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, "As recent acts of violence in communities across the country have so tragically demonstrated, the nation remains in a heightened threat environment, and we expect that environment will become more dynamic in the coming months."
ABC is reporting that law enforcement officials have been warned that "public gatherings, faith-based institutions, racial and religious minorities, government facilities and critical infrastructure may be targets of domestic violent extremists."