20 people have been killed and more than 25 injured in the El Paso shooting in a shopping center.
El Paso shooting
On Saturday, a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, killed 20 and injured 26 people. The El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen confirmed the casualties of the shooting that took place near a shopping center.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott said, “Lives were taken who should still be with us today.” US Rep Veronica Escobar said, “This was a massacre. The numbers are shocking.”
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said that three Mexicans died in the shooting. Foreign Affairs Secretary Marcelo Ebrard added that six Mexicans were also injured.
At 10:30AM, the first shooting call went out. At the time, the calls directed the police to a few different locations for the shooting, including Walmart and Cielo Vista Mall. The first officer arrived 6 minutes past 10:30AM.
Multiple agencies came to the scene including the FBI, the State Department of Public Safety and Border Patrol and the Sheriff’s Department.
13 victims are in the University Medical Center of El Paso. One of them succumbed to their injuries at the hospital. 11 victims were taken to Del Sol Medical Center, where 9 are in critical condition. Two children are currently in a children’s medical facility.
“Potential hate crime”
Police Chief Allen said, “The ages and genders of all these people injured and killed are numerous in the age groups. The situation, needless to say, is a horrific one.”
He added, “Unfortunately, the deceased will remain at the scene until the scene is processed properly for evidentiary purposes to be gathered for later prosecution.”
Allen also revealed that a 21 year old male named Patrick Crusius from Dallas is currently in police custody. The police are trying to bring murder changes against him. Allen said it’s possible that the shooting was a “potential hate crime.”
FBI El Paso Special Agent in Charge Emmerson Buie is currently investigating into the shooting to determine whether this was a hate crime.
Investigations into an online post
Federal sources are investigating an online post from days before the shooting.
The suspect published a post titled “I’m probably going to die today.” He also attached a 2300 word document to the post. The police called this the “manifesto”. It had white nationalist and racist language. It blamed immigrants, Latinos and the Hispanic population for the lack of jobs and other problems faced by America.
Walmart issued a statement over the shooting. It wrote, “We’re in shock over the tragic events at Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso. … We’re praying for the victims, the community & our associates, as well as the first responders.”
26 year old Brandon Chavez, who works at Forever 21, spoke to CNN about the scene. He said, “There were about 20 children and adults, plus employees, hiding, all cramped like sardines. Most of us were desperate, some were on their phones. There were girls crying, people trying to talk to each other and women with babies in their arms.”
On Saturday, Mayor Dee Margo said, “We will be defined by the unity and compassion we showed in the wake of this tragedy. United, our community will heal.”
President Donald Trump also responded. He wrote on Twitter, “Today’s shooting in El Paso, Texas was not only tragic, it was an act of cowardice,” the President wrote. “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.”
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke said at a Las Vegas event, “We know there is a lot of injury, a lot of suffering in El Paso right now. I am incredibly sad and it is very hard to think about this. But I’ll tell you, El Paso is the strongest place in the world. This community is going to come together.”
Article is being updated.