Kamala Harris' niece has been forced to delete a tweet she made about the Boulder grocery store shooter after facing an overwhelming wave of backlash, with some people even slamming her as "racist."
Scroll on to see the incriminating tweet for yourself...
Now, the country remains in a state of shock following Monday's horrifying mass shooting in Colorado.
Police responded to reports of an "active shooter" at the King Soopers grocery store just before 3 pm local time on Monday in Boulder.
Ten people, a responding police officer included, tragically lost their lives in the attack.
Twenty-one-year-old Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa was identified by authorities yesterday as the gunman.
Boulder police chief, Maris Herold, announced the death toll at a news conference on Monday night...
Fighting back tears, Boulder police Chief Maris Herold announced that 10 people, including an officer in her department, had been killed in a shooting at a Colorado market. https://t.co/bICXWVZl2X pic.twitter.com/oR0zMqqfj8— NBC Los Angeles (@NBCLA) March 23, 2021
And, visibly overcome with emotion, fought back tears as she spoke.
Many customers who were in the store witnessed the bloodshed...
And they have been speaking to numerous news outlets about the harrowing things they saw during that terrifying hour.
"We were at the checkout, and shots just started going off."
Sarah Moonshadow, forty-two, a customer and resident of Boulder, was in the store with her son, Nicholas, on Monday and recounted scenes of pandemonium as gunfire rang out.
"I said, 'Nicholas get down.' And Nicholas ducked. And we just started listening and there, just repetitive shots ... And I just said, 'Nicholas, run'," she told Reuters, as per The Guardian.
Another customer, Ryan Borowski, was inside the store when the shooting began.
He told CNN: "I saw terrified faces running towards me and that's when I turned and ran the other direction."
He said staff helped customers to exit from the back of the store but some people just froze on the spot: "We ran and I don't know why other people didn't and I am sorry that they froze and I just wish that this didn't happen – I wish I had an answer for why it did."
Alex Arellano, thirty-five, was working in the meat department at King Soopers when he heard gunshots and saw people running for the exit.
"I thought I was going to die," he told the New York Times, when he heard the shot getting closer, "I'm thinking of my parents, and I was freaking out."
He hid with 2 other men before escaping through a rear exit.
Yesterday, President Biden called for a nationwide ban on assault weapons, background check reforms, and changes to gun restrictions in his first meeting since the shooting.
"I don't need to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take commonsense steps that will save lives in the future," he said in a statement.
But now, as the country continues to come to terms with what happened, there has been a different talking point entirely...
And that's the race of the shooter.
People on Twitter were quick to jump to the conclusion that the man responsible for the attack was white...
It’s almost like they wanted the shooter in Boulder, Colorado to be a White Supremacist.— Shekinah (@realshekinahh) March 23, 2021
Mainly due to the fact that he was "still alive" following his arrest, a not-so-subtle nod at the issue surrounding racially-motivated police brutality in this country.
So, when Alissa was identified and confirmed to be of Syrian descent, these people were quick to do some backtracking...
And the niece of Vice President Kamala Harris was one of them.
As stated earlier, Meena Harris faced an overwhelming amount of backlash following her tweet about the gunman...
So much so, she was forced to delete what she had written and provide an explanation.
People weren't impressed...
Does she tweet about the killings in Chicago every weekend? Doesn’t fit the narrative.— Andrea (@AndreaW43164732) March 23, 2021
Too late. We see her., and we don’t like what we see.— TransparentShade ⚔️ (@crackback2022) March 23, 2021
Isn’t that racist?— jack dorsey (@jackdor59279933) March 23, 2021
This person, Kamala's niece, is so unnecessarily unhelpful and a very divisive person. I wish she was cancelled.— Reamus King (@ReamusK) March 23, 2021
The biggest of oofs...— Levi Dein (@Ldein) March 23, 2021
Wtf. And Kamala is okay with this?— JW (@JW52756481) March 23, 2021
Stop being racist & you’ll make less racist mistakes.— Rita Panahi (@RitaPanahi) March 23, 2021
"The Atlanta shooting was not even a week ago," Harris wrote in the now-deleted tweet.
"Violent white men are the greatest terrorist threat to our country."
Of course, she quickly corrected herself, writing:
I deleted a previous tweet about the suspect in the Boulder shooting. I made an assumption based on his being taken into custody alive and the fact that the majority of mass shootings in the U.S. are carried out by white men.— Meena Harris (@meenaharris) March 23, 2021
"I deleted a previous tweet about the suspect in the Boulder shooting. I made an assumption based on his being taken into custody alive and the fact that the majority of mass shootings in the U.S. are carried out by white men."
Vice President Kamala Harris hasn't yet addressed the incident involving her niece.
Make sure to stay posted for further updates.