El Paso shooting: At least 20 dead as gunman opens fire in Texas Walmart

By: David Millward, us correspondent Greg Wilford
4 AUGUST 2019 •

At least 20 people have been killed and more than two dozen injured in a mass shooting at a shopping mall in El Paso, Texas.

A gunman armed with an AK-47-style assault rifle opened fire on victims as young as four months old in Cielo Vista mall at around 10am local time.

Most were shot in a Walmart store within the shopping complex before the shooter was detained at the scene, police said.

US media outlets named Patrick Crusius, 21, from Allen in Dallas, Texas, as the suspect. A CCTV image showing a man walking into the mall brandishing an assault rifle was released by police. He was wearing a dark T-shirt and ear protectors.

Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott said “20 innocent people from El Paso have lost their lives and more than two dozen more are injured”.

“We as a state unite in support of the victims and their family members. We want to do all we can to assist them,” he said.

Police said 26 people were injured, most of them being treated at area hospitals. Various news reports said the ages of victims being treated at hospitals ranged from two to 82 years.

Police probe anti-immigrant manifesto
“The scene was a horrific one,” said El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen, who added that many of the injured had life-threatening injuries.

He said police also had found an anti-immigrant manifesto that may have been written by Crusius and posted online – one reason it was being investigated as a hate crime.

“Right now we have a manifesto from this individual that indicates to some degree, it has a nexus to potential hate crime,” Mr Allen said.

In the document, the author expressed support for the suspect in the Christchurch mosque shootings, in which 51 people were killed.Read More….https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/08/03/multiple-deaths-reported-texas-supermarket-shooting/

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