Patrick Crusius: Everything we know about El Paso shooting suspect after 20 killed

Patrick Crusius: Everything we know about El Paso shooting suspect after 20 killed

America is mourning once again today, after 20 people were murdered in the latest mass shooting.

A gunman opened fire and killed shoppers at a branch of Wal Mart in El Paso, Texas yesterday.

It happened six days after a teenage gunman killed three people at a summer food festival in Northern California, and hours before another gunman killed people outside a bar in Dayton, Ihio this morning.

The suspected shooter in El Paso was arrested at the scene, following a series of tragedies that will no doubt re-open the debate about gun control in the country.

Here’s everything we know about the Texas incident so far.

Who is the suspected gunman?

The shooting suspect is Patrick Cruisius, a 21-year-old from Allen, Texas.

He attended Collin College in McKinney, Texas from 2017 to 2019, according to a statement from District President Dr Neil Matkin.

Former neighbour Leigh Ann Locascio, told the LA Times Cruisius was “very much a loner”.

Why did the suspect say he did it?

The FBI are investigating if Cruisius is behind an anonymous white nationalist “manifesto” published online.

The manifesto explains how the shooting was aimed at local Hispanics and police are treating the tragedy as a potential hate crime.

It also expressed for support for the twisted gunman who killed 51 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March.

US representative Veronica Escobar told a press conference: “Not speaking about this particular incident, which is still under investigation, but the manifesto narrative is fuelled by hate, and it’s fuelled by racism and bigotry and division.” 

Witnesses described the gunman as “very nonchalant, like he was on a mission” as he reportedly went from aisle to aisle shooting people.

What happened?

The gunman opened fire outside a Walmart store near Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, Texas

The gunman, armed with an AK-47, shot and killed 20 people at a Walmart store near Cielo Visa Mal in El Paso, Texas, at around 10.40am on Saturday.

At least 26 others were injured, police confirmed.

Many shoppers in the busy store were buying back-to-school supplies when they found themselves caught up in horrific incident.

People at the scene fled for their lives, including Kianna Long who was at the Walmart with her spouse when they heard gunfire.

“People were panicking and running,” Long said. “They were running close to the floor, people were dropping on the floor.”

Video footage from the scene showed victims lying on the ground inside and outside the store. One shopper told Reuters the gunshots sounded like they began outside the building.

The suspect surrendered himself to police at the scene and was taken into custody.

In the shooting’s aftermath, Walmart and adjacent businesses, including the mall and a movie theater, were closed as police conducted an initial search for additional possible suspects. Authorities later said the gunman had acted alone.

The carnage ranked as the eighth-deadliest mass shooting in modern US history, after a 1984 shooting in San Ysidro, California, that claimed 21 lives.

Who are the victims?

Twenty people were killed and 26 others were wounded

Armed police at the scene of the killings

The victims of the attack have yet to be named.

Three of them are said to be Mexican, according to Mexico’s President Manuel Lopez Obrador.

A further six Mexicans are reportedly injured, Mexico’s Foreign Affairs Secretary Marcelo Ebrard added.

El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen said the ages of victims were “numerous”.

Children and babies are said to be among those injured.

Two hospitals in the area said they received at least 23 people, CNN reports.

Eleven victims were transported to the Del Sol Medical Center where nine remain in critical condition.

At least two patients are in a “life-threatening predicament,” the hospital confirmed.

The victims range between the ages of 25 to 82.

What has the response been so far?

The shooting has sparked widespread condemnation from US political figures and people around the world.

US President Donald Trump described the shooting as “an act of cowardice”.

He wrote on Twitter: “Today’s shooting in El Paso, Texas, was not only tragic, it was an act of cowardice.

“I know that I stand with everyone in this Country to condemn today’s hateful act. There are no reasons or excuses that will ever justify killing innocent people.

“Melania and I send our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the great people of Texas.”

Texas Governor Greg Abbott described the shooting as “one of the most deadly days in the history of Texas”.

He said: “We as a state unite in support of these victims and their family members.

“We must do one thing today, one thing tomorrow and each and every day after this – we must unite.”

El Paso Police tweeted an urgent appeal for blood donations following the shooting.

Hundreds of El Paso locals arrived at Vitalant Blood Services, located along N. Zargoza Road, to donate blood and show their support for their community.

One resident, Frances Yepez, said the centre was so overwhelmed with support that people had to wait in a two hour queue yesterday, CNN reports.

Dozens more locals have signed up to donate blood today.

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