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    El Paso mall shooting: At least 19 people dead, 40 injured, suspect in custody

    El Paso mall shooting: At least 19 people dead, 40 injured, suspect in custody, police say




    Watch live: Police respond to active shooter near El Paso mall

    AUG. 3, 201900:00
    Aug. 3, 2019, 10:43 AM PDT / Updated Aug. 3, 2019, 2:27 PM PDT
    By Minyvonne Burke and Andrew Blankstein

    At least 19 people are dead and 40 injured after a shooting Saturday near a shopping mall in El Paso, Texas, law enforcement officials said. One suspect, a 21-year-old man from the Dallas area, is in custody, law enforcement sources said.

    Multiple law-enforcement sources say police have identified the suspected as Patrick Crusius.

    A second person was also taken into custody by authorities, but it is not immediately known what role, if any, the person played in the shooting, sources familiar with the investigation told NBC News.

    What we know so far:

    • The shooting took place in a Walmart and around the nearby Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso.
    • Police received their first calls on the incident slightly past 10 a.m. local time.
    • At least 19 people were killed and 40 injured.
    • One male suspect is in custody, along with a second person whose suspected role in the shooting was not immediately known.


    El Paso police said the initial calls about the incident came at about 10 a.m. local time. By about 1 p.m. police said there was no imminent threat at that point. Earlier, in several tweets, police urged people to stay away from the area near the Cielo Vista Mall due to an "active shooter."


    KTSM airs video purporting to capture gunfire in El Paso

    Cielo Vista Mall has historically been a shopping destination for people from across the border with Mexico. Often the parking lots have had many cars with Mexican plates, although the crackdown at the border has cut down on some of that consumer traffic.

    The shooting occurred in the Walmart and around the area of the adjacent mall.

    A Walmart employee told NBC affiliate KTSM in El Paso that she was working by the self-checkout when gunshots rang out. The employee, who only wanted to be identified by her first name, Leslie, said she initially thought boxes had been dropped.

    “I thought it was just like loud boxes being dropped or something, until they got closer and closer,” she said. “…That’s when I looked at my coworker, and we looked at each other like shocked and scared.”

    “I got all the people that I could, I even found a little girl that was missing from her parents, and I got her, too. I tried to get as many people as I could out,” the Walmart worker said.
    Adriana Quezada, 39, was in the store with her two children when the shooting began.

    "I heard the shots but I thought they were hits, like roof construction,"she told the Associated Press.

    In a tweet Saturday afternoon, Walmart said it was "in shock."


    Witness describes gunshots, trying to help children escape

    AUG. 3, 201902:05

    "We’re praying for the victims, the community & our associates, as well as the first responders," a statement posted on Twitter read. "We’re working closely with law enforcement & will update as appropriate."

    A University Medical Center of El Paso spokesman said multiple victims have been taken to different hospitals.

    University Medical Center got at least 10 victims with "level one" injuries, which is the most serious level, spokesman Ryan Mielke said.

    President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday afternoon about the "terrible shootings."

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    The city's mayor and other public officials also responded.
    "Our hearts go out to those who have been injured and the families of those who may have been killed," El Paso Mayor Dee Margo said during an interview with KTSM.

    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said he is headed to El Paso.

    “While no words can provide the solace needed for those impacted by this event, I ask that all Texans join Cecilia and me in offering our prayers for the victims and their families,” Abbott said in a statement.

    Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-Texas, was an hour into a town hall meeting at Coronado High School 15 miles from the mall, when she abruptly had to end the event because of the shooting.

    “You all, I am so sorry,” she said. “There is an active shooter.
    We are going to need to clear the event.”



    Watch: Bystanders escorted out of El Paso mall by law enforcement

    AUG. 3, 201902:22
    The crowd gasped in response and began to move, according to the congresswoman’s Facebook Live video.

    “Oh, it’s at Cielo Vista,” Escobar quickly clarified before apologizing for not being clearer.“We’ve been asked by law enforcement to just send everybody home,” she said.

    A reunification site for families of possible victims was set up at a local school.

    El Paso Community College said in a tweet that all of its campuses have been evacuated "out of an abundance of caution."

    Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke of El Paso urged residents in El Paso to "stay safe."

    "Truly heartbreaking," he wrote in a tweet. "Please follow all directions of emergency personnel as we continue to get more updates."

    The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives responded to the scene to assist the El Paso Police Department.

    This is a developing story, check back for updates.


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    UPDATE

    The suspect in the deadly shootings at the shopping complex is Patrick Crusius, 21, of Allen, Texas, three sources told CNN.
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    Patrick Crusius: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know



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    Patrick Crusius was identified as the suspect in the shooting at Walmart near Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, Texas, by the Washington Examiner. Crusius, 21, is from the Dallas/Fort Worth area and is currently in police custody.

    NBC News reports
    there were at least 19 people killed in the August 3 shooting with a further 40 injured. The exact number of injuries and deceased victims has not been officially confirmed. Police have also not officially confirmed the suspect’s name, saying at a press conference only that he is a white male in his 20s.


    Area hospitals reported there were a total of 24 injured people among the hospitals, including two children. Also among the injured were military service members from Fort Bliss, according to local news reports.


    Police scanner traffic from the area suggested that Crusius was taken into custody about noon local time. The shooting began about 10 a.m., officials said. The FBI and ATF responded to the scene, alongside the El Paso Police Department and other state and local police departments.


    A motive for the attack has not been officially confirmed by police, but CNN reports that an online posting that appears to have been made by the suspect is being investigated by the FBI.


    The shopping areas in the area of the Cielo Vista Mall is near the United States border with Mexico. It is a popular location to shop for people on both sides of the border. License plates from both the United States and Mexico are on cars in the parking lots, NBC reported.


    A Walmart employee told KTSM she thought boxes were being dropped when she first heard the gunfire. She asked to be identified only by her first name, Leslie.


    “I thought it was just like loud boxes being dropped or something, until they got closer and closer,” she said. “That’s when I looked at my co-worker, and we looked at each other like shocked and scared.”


    She said she tried to rescue as many people as she could.


    “I got all the people that I could. I even found a little girl that was missing from her parents, and I got her, too. I tried to get as many people as I could out,” she said.


    There were thousands of people inside the Walmart when the shooting began, according to police.


    Adriana Quezada, 39, was in the store with her two children. She initially thought the gunshots were construction.


    “I heard the shots but I thought they were hits, like roof construction,”she told the Associated Press.


    Here’s what you need to know about Patrick Crusius and the shooting:


    1. Crusius Was Taken Into Custody ‘Without Incident’

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    The suspect, identified by multiple sources as Patrick Crusius, was driving a grey vehicle, according to police scanner chatter. Early reports indicated the suspect had an AK47. That information was not immediately confirmed by police. Local reported Mills Hayes tweeted that the suspect was taken into custody “without incident” and that officers did not fire any shots during the arrest.

    Police discussed recovering the weapon on the scanner but did not specify what type of weapon it was. At about 12:40 p.m., scanner traffic indicated that the police had recovered the weapon as well as the suspect’s car.


    Miguel Rodriguez, a witness, told The Daily Beast the gunman, “started shooting everyone, aisle by aisle, with rage.”


    Witnesses told CBS 4 News that the suspect possibly stopped shooting because he ran out of ammunition.


    Scanner chatter was focused on Walmart at the Cielo Vista mall. Police also said on the scanner they were sending officers in to complete “tactical searches” in the mall.


    Crusius has not yet been charged. It is not clear if he has hired an attorney.


    Walmart is not a part of the Cielo Vista Mall. It is located nearby. The mall was put on lock-down and searched by law enforcement.


    The owner of the mall made a brief statement, saying, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims.”


    2. Crusius Once Wrote on LinkedIn That He Was Not Motivated to Do Anything Other Than to Get By


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    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 on August 3, that page was deleted. Crusius 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.

    He wrote in the About section of the page, “I’m not really motivated to do anything more than what’s necessary to get by,” he wrote on the page. “Working in general sucks, but I guess a career in Software Development suits me well. I spend about 8 hours every day on the computer so that counts as technology experience I guess. Pretty much gonna see what technology careers present themselves; go with the wind.”


    When writing about his life in high school, Crusius said that he did not participate in extracurricular activities because of “lack of freedom.” A Facebook page that shows the suspect’s face as the profile image shows no biographical information or recent postings. On that page, Crusius has three visible friends.


    CBS Dallas/Fort Worth’s J.D. Miles reports that the suspect “possibly graduated” from Liberty High School in Frisco, Texas.


    3. A Manifesto Purporting to Be From the Shooter Has Been Circulating on 8Chan

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    I can report that the FBI is investigating this manifesto and taking it seriously.

    Scott Stedman@ScottMStedman

    BREAKING: FBI investigating possible manifesto from the shooter which starts with the following two sentences: "In general, I support the Christchurch shooter and his manifesto. This attack is a response to the
    Hispanic invasion of Texas"


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    Reporter Scott Stedman has tweeted that he had told the FBI that a manifesto which was purported to be from the suspect had been circulating on 8Chan. Stedman said that the FBI is treating the manifesto seriously. 8Chan is a controversial message board that has been described as “the home of the most vitriolic content on the internet” by Vox.

    That manifesto, which has been seen by Heavy.com but not verified as belonging to the suspect, makes negative references to Hispanic immigration into the U.S.. It 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 alleged Christchurch mosque shooter, Brenton Tarrant.


    The manifesto appears to have been posted before the first reports of the shooting. It includes details that match up with what happened at the El Paso Walmart.


    The manifesto was titled “An Inconvenient Truth.”

    It began:

    “In general, I support the Christchurch shooter and his manifesto. This attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas.

    They are the instigators, not me. I am simply defending my country from cultural and ethnic replacement brought on by an invasion. Some people will think this statement is hypocritical because of the nearly complete ethnic and cultural destruction brought to the Native Americans by our European ancestors, but this just reinforces my point. The natives didn’t take the invasion of Europeans seriously, and now what’s left is just a shadow of what was.

    My motives for this attack are not at all personal. Actually the Hispanic community was not my target before I read The Great Replacement. This manifesto will cover the political and economic reasons behind the attack, my gear, my expectations of what response this will generate and my personal motivations and thoughts.”

    Crusius’ Facebook page was deleted after the shooting. A Twitter account under his name has not been confirmed to belong to him.


    The Facebook page was seen by Heavy before it was taken down. It included just one photo, the profile picture at the top of this article, and no other posts or details about the suspect. He had only three friends, including his twin sister. The other two friends were a man and woman whose connection to Crusius was not immediately known.


    4. Crusius’ Last Known Address Was in Allen, Texas


    Public records show Crusius’ last known address was his family’s home in Allen, Texas, about 30 minutes outside of Dallas and more than 9 hours away from El Paso. It is not clear if he has any connections to the El Paso area. Crusius appeared to have lived with his parents and also has a twin sister and older brother, according to public records. Crusius’ family has not commented about the shooting.


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    El Paso Police Department Sgt. Enrique Carillo briefs media on the shooting.


    FBI and ATF agents are in north Texas searching homes and interviewing people who might be related to Crusius, WFAA reported.
    Emerson Clarridge@eclarridge

    Law enforcement officers are in unmarked vehicles outside a house on Kingsbury Court in Allen that public records indicate is El Paso mass shooting suspect Patrick Crusius’ last known address.




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    The exact number of victims was not immediately confirmed. Some reports indicated there were 18 to 20 deceased victims. Reports indicated local hospitals were flooded with victims. The El Paso Police Department issued a plea via Twitter for blood donations in the wake of the shooting saying, “Blood needed urgently. Multiple injured transported to various hospitals. Blood donation centers Vitalent Blood Services at 424 s Mesa Hills and 133 N Zaragoza.”

    A video on Twitter showed a long line of people waiting to donate blood.

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    The number of victims was described as “shocking” by Rep. Veronica Escobar.

    “Rep. Veronica Escobar on CNN says she won’t confirm the number of fatalities from the mass shooting in El Paso, but that the number is ‘shocking,'” Reporter Sandra Gonzalez wrote on Twitter.


    5. A Second Person Has Been Taken Into Custody at the Scene


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    NBC News reports that a second person was taken into custody at the scene of the shooting. It is unclear what that person had been arrested for.

    Throughout the day there had been erroneous reports on social media of multiple shooters and of multiple shooting scenes. Police later said that following the arrest of Crusius, there was no further threat.


    Statements from government officials quickly poured in on Twitter following the attack.


    “In El Paso, the Texas Dept. of Public Safety is assisting local law enforcement & federal authorities to bring this tragedy to the swiftest & safest possible conclusion,” Texas Governor Greg Abbott wrote. “We thank all First Responders for their courageous response & urge all area residents to remain safe.”


    Beto O’Rourke also wrote about the shooting on Twitter.


    “Truly heartbreaking. Stay safe, El Paso,” he wrote. “Please follow all directions of emergency personnel as we continue to get more updates.”


    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!”

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    (CNN)[Breaking news update at 7:38 p.m. ET]

    Twenty people were killed in a shooting at an El Paso shopping center on Saturday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said at a news conference.
    More than two dozen were injured, he said.
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    Law enforcement sources tell CBS News this is a surveillance video image of the gunman walking into the Walmart. CBS
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    UPDATE

    Death toll rises to 22 in El Paso shooting as 2 more victims die in hospital

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