(WXYZ) — In fewer than 24 hours over the weekend, the United States was devastated by two acts of domestic terrorism.
The shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, have spawned the conversation again surrounding gun control and safety in America.
Some have asked, could it happen here in Michigan? Investigators say they are continuously responding to potential threats.
"There is no question we have prevented acts of violence," said Devin Kowalski, the Supervisory Special Agent at the FBI’s Joint terrorism task force in Detroit.
He says their goal is to find and stop criminals such as mass shooters before they act.
"Hundreds of times throughout this calendar year alone, members of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, in coordination with state and local partners have mitigated threats to life," said Kowalski.
What we saw happen in El Paso and Dayton could have happened here. Again and again we have had close calls. I spoke to the Supervisory Special Agent of the FBI in Detroit about how his team works to stop attacks before they happen.— Kim Russell WXYZ (@kimrussell7) August 6, 2019
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The death toll in El Paso rose to 22 Monday. In Dayton, 9 were killed and several others were injured.