20 dead, 26 wounded in El Paso, Texas, shooting: police
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According to El Paso Police Dept. Chief Greg Allen, a male suspect from Allen, Texas, is in custody.
Two law enforcement officials who spoke to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity identified the suspect as 21-year-old Patrick Crusius.
According to a CNN report, three sources confirmed Crusius as the suspected gunman.
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“Needless to say, the scene is a horrific one,” Allen said. “Unfortunately, because of the nature of the situation, the scene will be in play for a long period.”
“But right now we are looking at potential capital murder charges for this individual,” he said.
The FBI and other federal authorities have been called in to assist with the ongoing investigation.
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Representatives from Del Sol medical centre in El Paso delivered a press conference Sunday morning to reveal the state of the 11 victims the hospital received the day earlier. According to Dr. Stephen Flaherty, at least one of those injured would be discharged on Sunday, while others may be discharged later on in the week.
He appealed to the public for blood donations for the victims, and emphasized that the need for blood will continue throughout the week as they continue to receive treatment.
Allen said authorities are also looking into a manifesto that indicated a potential connection to a hate crime, to determine if it belonged to the suspected gunman.
Officers received reports of an active shooter just after 10:30 a.m., first at a Walmart, then at Cielo Vista Mall. A spokesperson for the mall later said that a shooting did not take place there.
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Kianna Long and her husband were at the Walmart when shots rang out.
“People were panicking and running, saying that there was a shooter,” Long told Reuters. “They were running close to the floor, people were dropping on the floor.”
The alleged shooter was taken into custody without incident, Allen said.
He is believed to be the sole suspect.
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The motivation of the shooter, who used a rifle according to initial reports, is under investigation.
A family reunification centre has been set up at a local middle school.
The New York Police Department Counterterrorism Bureau said it was monitoring the shooting, and additional units have been sent to shopping centres in an abundance of caution.
In a tweet posted Saturday evening, U.S. President Donald Trump called the shooting “tragic” and said it was an “act of cowardice.”
“I know that I stand with everyone in this Country to condemn today’s hateful act,” he wrote. “There are no reasons to justify killing innocent people.”
Earlier on Saturday, Trump tweeted that his government was working with authorities in Texas.
While police have not released any details about the victims of the shooting, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said among those killed were three people from Mexico.
Mexico’s foreign minister said another six people from Mexico were injured as a result of the incident.
“I send my condolences to the families of the victims, both American and Mexican,” Lopez Obrador said in a tweet posted Saturday.
Democratic presidential candidate and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke asked “for everyone’s strength for El Paso right now. Everyone’s resolve to make sure that this does not continue to happen in this country.”
Democratic Texas Rep. Veronica Escobar said she was “utterly heartbroken by the developing news in El Paso.”
“Monitoring the situation and in communication with our law enforcement. Please stay safe,” she tweeted shortly after the news broke.
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Texas’s Republican Gov. Greg Abbott called the shooting a “senseless act of violence” and said the state would work to ensure the perpetrator faces justice.
El Paso Mayor Dee Margo said he and his wife were devastated by the attack.
“Our hearts go out to the victims and gratitude to our first responders,” he said.
Walmart said it is “in shock over the tragic events.”
“We’re praying for the victims, the community and our associates, as well as the first responders,” the company said in a statement. “We’re working closely with law enforcement and will update as appropriate.”
“Horrible news from El Paso today,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a tweet posted Saturday afternoon.
“Canadians are grieving with our American neighbours and friends for the lives that were senselessly taken and wishing all those injured a speedy recovery,” he wrote.
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The mall complex is near Interstate 10 on El Paso’s east side. The city is located in west Texas on the border with Mexico.
–With files from the Associated Press and Reuters
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