El Paso Shooting – A capital murder charge was officially filed against the man accused of killing 20 people and injuring 26 others in a mass shooting at a busy Walmart in El Paso, Texas.
The incident ranked as the eighth-deadliest mass shooting in modern US history, taking place six days after a gunman killed three people at a summer food festival in northern California.
A man armed with an assault rifle has opened fire at a packed shopping area in El Paso, in the US state of Texas, killing at least 20 people and wounding 26 others, according to officials. Authorities said on Saturday the suspect was arrested outside a Walmart store near the Cielo Vista Mall, eight kilometers from a border checkpoint with Mexico. Police confirmed that a 21-year-old from Allen, Texas, was the only person in custody. US media identified the suspect as Patrick Wood Crusius, a white male. Police said he was believed to be the only shooter.
About 20 minutes earlier, a post on the online message board 8chan believed to be from the suspect laid out a dark vision of America overrun by Hispanic immigrants. The 2,300-word document, which police called a “manifesto,” was attached to a post that said, “I’m probably going to die today.”
The writing is filled with white nationalist language and racist hatred toward immigrants and Latinos. It blames immigrants and first-generation Americans for taking away jobs.
Although authorities are still investigating the suspect’s connection to the document, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called the shooting a “hate crime” during an evening news briefing, and the FBI has also opened a domestic terrorism investigation into the massacre, a source familiar with the investigation process said Saturday.
FBI El Paso Special Agent in Charge Emmerson Buie said more investigative work was needed to determine whether there was a possible hate crime.
Where did the shooting take place?
During a news conference, Sgt. Robert Gomez said the attack occurred at a Walmart near the Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, a Texas city situated at the U.S.-Mexico border which sees thousands of Mexican shoppers on a daily basis. The first calls came in at 10:39 a.m. MDT, and the first officer arrived six minutes later in what would become a massive response, according to El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen. The Walmart location, according to Gomez, was “at capacity” during the busy shopping weekend and estimated that up to 3,000 shoppers and about 100 employees were at the store.
What’s the latest info on the shooter?
The suspect, identified by two law enforcement sources as Patrick Crusius, 21, of Allen, Texas, surrendered to officers and was being interviewed, police said. Crusius was booked into the El Paso County Jail early Sunday morning on a charge of capital murder.
A charge of capital murder holds a punishment of death or life in prison without parole. No bond has been set for Crusius, jail logs show.
According to records, Crusius graduated high school in 2016. He enrolled in Collin College in the fall of 2017, according to the college, and was enrolled as a student until the spring of 2019.
US President Donald Trump, who had visited El Paso in February in support of his plan for a wall along the southern border, called the shooting “an act of cowardice”, writing on Twitter: ” Today’s shooting in El Paso, Texas, was not only tragic, it was an act of cowardice. I know that I stand with everyone in this Country to condemn today’s hateful act. There are no reasons or excuses that will ever justify killing innocent people.