El Paso Shooting: At Least 19 Dead in Walmart Attack

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2019-08-03 17:22:52

At least 19 people were killed at a shooting at an El Paso, Texas, mall Saturday afternoon,  causing chaos among shoppers and workers, law enforcement officials told NBC News. Some victims were brought to hospitals in the area, and one suspect was in police custody.

“There is no danger at this moment,” El Paso Mayor Dee Margo said. “Our hearts go out to those that have been injured … families of those who may have been killed.”

Earlier, the mayor had said police had captured three suspects, but police later said just one person, a male, was in custody. Law-enforcement sources told NBC that police have identified the suspect in custody as Patrick Wood Crusius, a resident of the Dallas area, who turned 21 last week.

Senior law enforcement officials briefed on the investigation say at least 19 were killed and 40 injured.

At Least 19 Dead, 40 Injured in El Paso Mall Shooting: SourcesAt Least 19 Dead, 40 Injured in El Paso Mall Shooting: Sources

“We can confirm there were multiple victims,” El Paso Police Department Sgt. Robert Gomez said at an afternoon press conference.

Gomez said first reports were of a shooting at a Walmart and the Cielo Vista Mall around 10 a.m. local time.  Photos and videos on social media showed victims both inside and outside a Walmart SuperCenter located to the west of the mall, just across a parking lot.

“At this time, we have ruled out multiple shooters,” Gomez said. “It’s still active, but as of right now, we have one person in custody.”

Walmart tweeted Saturday afternoon, “We’re in shock over the tragic events at Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, where store 2201 & club 6502 are located. We’re praying for the victims, the community & our associates, as well as the first responders. We’re working closely with law enforcement & will update as appropriate.”

The area where police converged Saturday afternoon is east of downtown El Paso, near the city’s international airport about two miles from the Mexican border.

University Medical Center, a level one trauma center, got 12 victims, some of whom were dead, others of whom had nonlife-threatening injuries, spokesman Ryan Mielke said. Two children were taken to El Paso Children’s Hospital, 2 and 9 years old. They are in stable condition, officials said. 

Del Sol Medical Center took in 11 patients ranging in age from 35 to 82, according to the NBC affiliate KTSM television station. Nine are in critical condition, two others were stable.

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President Donald Trump tweeted, “Terrible shootings in El Paso, Texas. Reports are very bad, many killed.”

The shooting comes six days after a man opened fire on a garlic festival in Gilroy, California, killing two children and a man and then himself. Twelve people were injured.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted that law enforcement was working to bring the tragedy to an end.

“Utterly heartbroken by the developing news in El Paso,” Texas Rep. Veronica Escobar tweeted. “Monitoring the situation and in communication with our law enforcement. Please stay safe.”

Escobar was holding a town hall meeting at Coronado High School 15 miles from the mall, which she ended because of the shooting.

An emotional Beto O’Rourke, a presidential candidate and former representative, said he was returning to El Paso, his home town, to be with his family and his community.

“We know there’s a lot of injury, a lot of suffering in El Paso right now,” O’Rourke said. “I’m incredibly saddened, 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.”

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

KTSM.com published video from inside a JC Penney showing an employee preparing customers for a possible evacuation.

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