EL PASO — A normal Saturday morning turned into chaos this morning when a person walked into a shopping center in El Paso and started shooting.
20 people are dead and at 26 victims injured, according to Texas Governor Greg Abbot. Injuries reported are severe to non-life-threatening.
Police started receiving reports of gunfire at Walmart and Cielo Vista Mall next door at around 10 am.
El Paso Police say they are looking at a manifesto that the shooter possibly wrote and are looking at the shooting as a possible Hate Crime.
Police say the shooter was a white male in his 20’s and is now in custody. He has been identified as 21-year-old Patrick Crusius by ABC News.
Investigators raided Crusius residence in Allen, Texas Saturday evening.
A law enforcement official in El Paso told me the Walmart shooter is in custody. Patrick Crusius of Dallas. Just turned 21 years old this week. pic.twitter.com/CEJh6rYij1
— Anna Giaritelli (@Anna_Giaritelli) August 3, 2019
There were up to 3,000 people in Wal-Mart back-to-school shopping when the shooting took place with 100 Wal-Mart employees.
The area is currently locked down and now the El Paso Criminal Investigations Division has started their investigation.
No law enforcement fired weapons to subdue the shooter. Police say that the shooter was taken into custody without incident.
KTSM TV released Surveillance photos of the person that they say they have confirmed as the shooter.
President Trump tweeted about the shooting Saturday afternoon saying, “Reports are very bad, many killed.”
Terrible shootings in ElPaso, Texas. Reports are very bad, many killed. Working with State and Local authorities, and Law Enforcement. Spoke to Governor to pledge total support of Federal Government. God be with you all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 3, 2019
Fire medical with at Walmart active shooter event at Cielo Vista Mall. Police still inside. pic.twitter.com/P6zsjwVN0n
— mark lambie (@LambieMark) August 3, 2019
We are working on getting more details.
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