US: At least 20 people murdered in shooting attack at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas
At least 20 people were murdered and at least 40 others were wounded after a gunman armed with an assault rifle opened fire in the area of the Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, Texas.
Sgt. Enrique Carrillo, a police spokesman, said a suspect was in custody and there was no longer danger to the public.
“As of right now we don’t think there were multiple shooters.” The Sgt. says that could change and the information is preliminary.
The shooter has been identified on social media as 21-year-old Patrick Crusius from Dallas, Texas.
The shooter is reported to have opened fire in the car park before going inside the supermarket.
A witness said that he was about to go into Walmart when he heard at least 10 gunshots. There were thousands of people inside Walmart when the shooting began.
According to local reports, the shooter was taken into custody “without incident” and officers did not fire any shots during the arrest.
Footage shows Cielo Vista Walmart shoppers hiding under tables near the entrance.
Del Sol Medical Center said it was treating 11 patients from the shooting. It said nine were in critical but stable condition, and two were stable. The patients ranged in age from 35 to 82.
University of Medical Center of El Paso said it had also received 11 shooting victims, including one deceased person. They said a 4-month-old child was among the patients it was treating.
Police said blood donations are “urgently needed” in the wake of today’s mass shooting. Hundreds of people are currently outside of Vitalant in West El Paso waiting to donate blood.
Sources say ATF and FBI agents in North Texas are searching homes and interviewing people who might be related to the shooter.
Reports on social media indicate that a manifesto written by the shooter makes negative references to Hispanic immigration into the U.S., criticizes both major political parties in the U.S. but the writer stresses that he supports some in the Republican Party in terms of immigration policies. The writer also makes reference to the Christchurch mosque shooter.
Social media accounts belonging to Patrick Crusius were deleted.
Crusius wrote on his LinkedIn page in 2015 that he was not motivated to do anything other than enough to get by. Shortly after the shooting, that page was deleted. He said on that page that he attended Plano High School. Plano is located near Crusius’ family home in Allen, Texas, and is about 650 miles away from El Paso.
Crusius’ Facebook and Instagram accounts were also deleted after the shooting. A Twitter account under his name has not been confirmed to belong to him.
President Trump tweeted: “Terrible shootings in ElPaso, Texas. Reports are very bad, many killed. Working with State and Local authorities, and Law Enforcement. Spoke to Governor to pledge total support of Federal Government. God be with you all!”