Alexa Texas Walmart Shooting; suspect held

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Texas Walmart Shooting; suspect held

 International Desk

 Published: 10:18 AM, 4 August 2019   Updated: 02:33 PM, 4 August 2019

CCTV image of a suspect gunman as 21-year-old Patrick Crusius; Photo: Collected

CCTV image of a suspect gunman as 21-year-old Patrick Crusius; Photo: Collected

20 kills in El Paso Texas shopping center shooting when a young gunman opened fire in an El Paso, Texas, shopping area Walmart packed with as many as 3,000 people during the busy back-to-school season on Saturday. 

US media named the suspect as 21-year-old Patrick Crusius, who is white, was arrested.  

The French-based news agency AFP has released a photo of the white man who opened fire in an El Paso. It appears that he used headphones on the ear and shot indiscriminately with the assault rifle. Among those killed were children.   

Footage shot on camera phones appeared to show multiple bodies lying on the ground in the store’s parking lot while other footage showed terrified shoppers running out of the store as gunfire echoed.

Meanwhile, the ‘manifesto’ purportedly written by Crusius that was circulated online includes passages railing against the ‘Hispanic invasion’ of Texas and the author makes clear that he expected to be killed during his attack.

Witnesses said the gunman appeared to be shooting at random when he opened fire around 10:30 am.

“The gun attack in El Paso is not just a tragedy, it is an act of cowardice,” US President Donald Trump said in a tweet, “I condemn this horrible event with everyone in the country today. There can be no reason to justify killing innocent people.”

“God be with you all!,” President Donald Trump also tweeted. 

Read more: 20 kills in Texas shopping center shooting

El Paso has become a focal point of the immigration debate, drawing Trump in February to argue that walling off the southern border would make the U.S. safer, while city residents and O’Rourke led thousands on a protest march past the barrier of barbed wire-topped fencing and towering metal slats.

El Paso, which has about 680,000 residents, is in West Texas and sits across the border from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. 

The shooting is the 21st mass killing in the United States in 2019, and the fifth public mass shooting. Before Saturday, 96 people had died in mass killings in 2019 — 26 of them in public mass shootings.