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The US Department of Homeland Security building building is seen in Washington, DC, on July 22, 2019. (Photo by Alastair Pike / AFP)

WASHINGTON – (DHS / News Release) – Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro N. Mayorkas, issued a new National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin on Friday regarding the heightened threat environment across the United States. The threat environment to the Homeland is diverse and challenging, especially leading up to and following the 20th Anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks as well as religious holidays that could serve as catalyst for targeted violence.

Threats in the Homeland include those posed by domestic terrorists, individuals and groups engaged in grievance-based violence, and those inspired or motivated by foreign terrorists and other malign foreign influences. These actors are increasingly exploiting online forums to influence and spread violent extremist narratives and promote violent activity. This Bulletin builds on Bulletins issued in January and May by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and provides more information about the threat landscape we face for the coming months.

“DHS remains committed to sharing timely information with the public about the heightened threat environment in order to protect communities across our country,” said Secretary Mayorkas.  “Today’s NTAS Bulletin advises the public about the heightened threat landscape we face and how DHS is working with our partners, at every level of government and in the community, to combat domestic terrorism and targeted violence in all its forms.  We are committed to ensuring every initiative undertaken by DHS in response to the threat is consistent with privacy protections, civil rights and civil liberties, First Amendment-protected rights, and other applicable laws.”

DHS and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will continue its close coordinating with state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement and public safety partners to ensure situational awareness of potential violence in their jurisdictions and will maintain open lines of communication with federal partners. DHS encourages the public to remain aware of the evolving threat environment and report suspicious activity to law enforcement officials.

Under the Biden-Harris Administration, DHS has increased the development, production, and dissemination of intelligence and other actionable information central to countering threats in the current environment. DHS has established a new, dedicated domestic terrorism branch within the Department’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A). Further, DHS has established the Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships (CP3) to help build local prevention frameworks to provide communities with the tools they need to counter terrorism and other targeted violence.

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In February, Secretary Mayorkas designated combating domestic violent extremism as a National Priority Area for the first time in FEMA grant programs. As a result, state, local, tribal, and territorial governments are required to spend at least 7.5 percent, or a minimum of $77 million, of their DHS grant awards toward combating this threat.

These initiatives are taken in concert with the Biden-Harris Administration’s National Domestic Terrorism Strategy which highlights the whole-of-government approach being take to enhance the analysis and distribution of actionable intelligence to stakeholders; prevent domestic terrorism recruitment and the mobilization to violence; disrupt and deter domestic terrorism activity; and confront long-term contributors to domestic terrorism.

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On Saturday afternoon, a gunman, fueled by hate and wearing military-style clothing, shot many people at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York. 10 people died.

55-year-old Aaron Salter Jr. was a security guard at Tops Friendly Market. He was also an ex-Buffalo police officer. He used his prior training and exchanged gunfire with the gunman, Payton Gendron, 18.

Because of the body armor that Gendron was wearing, Salter’s bullets didn’t penetrate him. However, Salter was fatally hit by bullets.

“I don’t think that anybody could ever anticipate something like this happening. Everybody’s hurting right now. Everybody’s upset,” said Adam Bennefield, Salter’s cousin.

Prior to his death, Salter Jr. had operated a dry cleaning company with his wife before she died. She had also been employed at t he grocery store for 15 years.

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“I’m a jack of all trades,” Salter once stated, as he worked on automobiles for fun.

In 2019, his son, Salter III, expressed how he felt about gun violence. “…we can’t even do everyday s–t without having to watch our backs. That’s scary af! The sad thing is I feel like a crazy close to home is gonna do something soon. I’m not ready for that.”

Salter leaves behind three children to cherish his memory.



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Dallas police are investigating a shooting that left a 25 year old man dead early Sunday morning and another injured.

Officers responded to a shooting call around 4:30 a.m. on the 3500 block of Munger Avenue.

Upon arrival they found the victim, Braylon Smith, 25 suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. There was also another person suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg.

Both men were transported to an area hospital where Smith died from his injuries.

Authorities have not apprehended a suspect and are working to determine what led up to the shooting.

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During the investigation officers learned that multiple apartments were also shot up.

No other injuries were reported.

This investigation remains ongoing.



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One person died and four other people were transported to a hospital with critical wounds after a shooting occurred at a church on Sunday. Another person was also injured.

Close to 1:30 p.m., Orange County, California, deputies arrived to the scene at Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods. Then, they found that multiple people had been shot.

Firefighters and paramedics took several people to a medical facility. One person was pronounced dead at the scene.

One person has been apprehended, and the gun was located at the location.

“No one should have to fear going to their place of worship. Our thoughts are with the victims, community, and all those impacted by this tragic event,” said California Gov. Gavin Newsom.

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