UPDATE 2: Another El Paso shooting victim has died, raising death toll to 21.
UPDATE: Federal authorities on Sunday confirmed the El Paso shooting attack is being treating as a domestic terrorism case, according to the U.S. attorney.
August 3, 2019 Law enforcement officials in El Paso, Texas say one man is in police custody Saturday after a deadly shooting rampage at a Walmart and shopping mall that left 20 people dead and 29 others injured.
NBC News reports that a law enforcement source identified the shooting suspect as Patrick Crusius, 21, from the Dallas area. Police believe the gunman acted alone.
The shooting rampage began in a Walmart and around the nearby Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, Texas. Police say most of the victims of Saturday’s attack appear to have been at a Walmart near the Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, but confirmed the mall had also been “secured.”
The Associated Press reports that El Paso hospital said they are treating 22 victims, not including a patient who died after arriving at one of the hospitals.
Who is Patrick Crusius?
Early reports suggest that a manifesto believed to belong to Patrick Crusius had been circulating on 8Chan. Heavy.com confirmed seeing the manifesto, but could not verify if it belongs to the suspect. The manifesto makes negative references to Hispanic immigration into the U.S.. The writer criticizes both major political parties but stresses that he supports some in the Republican Party in terms of immigration policies. The writer also makes reference to alleged Christchurch mosque shooter, Brenton Tarrant.
Crusius’ Facebook page was deleted after the shooting. A Twitter account under his name has not been confirmed to belong to him.
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