It seems that with every day that passes, there is another large shooting in the United States of America. This latest shooting in the US has occurred at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, this Saturday, August 3rd, and has left at least 20 people dead and 26 others wounded.
This tragic event is now the deadliest mass shooting in the country this year, and the eighth deadliest in US history. This is also the second mass shooting to occur in a Walmart store in the past week, however, there is no link between the two shootings.
CNN reports that local officials in El Paso believe some mass shooting victims didn’t seek medical treatment because of their immigration status. America is in dire shape. pic.twitter.com/E68hiCN5H2
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 3, 2019
There have been numerous credible reports that the shooter in this most recent attack was a white supremacist who posted an anti-immigration manifesto online just hours before carrying out the shooting.
At least one suspect, 21-year-old Patrick Crusius, was taken into custody without incident, according to police. After the shooting initially occurred, there were reports that there were multiple shooters, but none of these reports were confirmed, and police have not revealed any further suspects.
Witnesses say that Crusius entered the store with an AK-47 rifle and began opening fire. Surveillance footage from the store confirms that Crusius was the gunman.
Crusius reportedly opened fire before he even entered the store, shooting off several rounds in the parking lot and killing locals who were fundraising outside, including children.
One witness told reporters that Crusius walked through the front door extremely calm and confident as if he was on some sort of “mission.”
In a later press conference, El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen confirmed that the suspect had written a manifesto and could be connected to hate crime groups.
Crusius actually lives nowhere near the crime scene, he lives in Dallas roughly 650 miles away, which is about a 9-hour drive. It appears that the gunman has selected El Paso as a target because of its large Hispanic population.
— The Hill (@thehill) August 4, 2019
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador confirmed in a statement that at least three Mexican nationals are among the dead, with at least another six among the injured. This particular region is a popular shopping destination for people living along the bordering town, on both sides of the border.
The office of the local district attorney has wasted no time in saying that they will be seeking capital murder charges or possibly charge him under hate crime or domestic terrorism laws. The specific charges will reportedly be determined based on the contents of the shooter’s manifesto.
Robert Francis O’Rourke blames Trump for the El Paso Walmart tragedy as he points to the alleged manifesto as evidence, even though that manifesto said it had nothing to do with Trumppic.twitter.com/L6rW0Bh19t
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) August 4, 2019
In the chaos of the attack, the local community was placed on lockdown.
Sadly, the store was packed to capacity on this day, filled with more than 3,000 people, many of whom were there seeking out deals for the back to school season.
According to some of those who survived, the only reason the shooter stopped was because he ran out of ammunition. With no other means to attack anyone, he was easily apprehended by police after surrendering.
This is the second shooting this week that has been connected to a white supremacist who posted anger about immigration online.
Update: It was reported after the shooting that the killer is half Iranian and half Italian.