At least 19 people were killed and 40 more were injured in a mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas on Saturday, multiple law enforcement sources told NBC News.
A 21-year-old suspect identified as Patrick Crusius, a resident of the Dallas area, has been taken into custody, law enforcement sources told NBC News. The suspect reportedly used an AK-47-style weapon to carry out the attack.
El Paso police first received calls about a shooting at a Walmart near the Cielo Vista Mall around 10 a.m. local time. The FBI and ATF had responded to the scene, alongside the El Paso Police Department.
Police confirmed that a photo obtained by KTSM-TV showed the suspect entering the Walmart at Cielo Vista around 10 a.m. Saturday.
A motive was not immediately clear, according to El Paso’s Patch.com, but federal authorities are investigating a manifesto left by the suspect that stated, in part, “In general, I support the Christchurch shooter and his manifesto. This attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas.”
The reference in the manifesto, which had been circulating on the controversial message board 8Chan, was to mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand, during Friday Prayer on March 15.
The same unconfirmed manifesto also made reference to President Trump.
Multiple senior law enforcement officials believe the suspected shooter in the El Paso mass shooting attack posted a manifesto prior to the shooting; investigators are examining post they suspect is from him. https://t.co/KYv1GjRn4T
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) August 3, 2019
CONFIRMED: The El-Paso shooter is 21 year old Patrick Crusius. A white nationalist. After slaughtering everybody in sight at a Wal-Mart, in spite of being heavily armed, police magically found a way to take him into custody ALIVE AND WELL.
He doesn’t have a single scratch. pic.twitter.com/shWwAO8AYv
— Shaun King (@shaunking) August 3, 2019
A video shared to Facebook by El Paso resident Sylvia Saucedo shows several shoppers hiding under tables as a high powered weapon could be heard rapidly firing in the background.
Saucedo writes: “What a horrible experience !!!! Shooting at Walmart de Cielo Vista !! My mom and I are at the table recording because 911 never answered us.”
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Walmart expressed shock at the shooting and said it was praying for the victims.
“We’re in shock over the tragic events at Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, where store 2201 & club 6502 are located,” the retailer said. “We’re praying for the victims, the community & our associates, as well as the first responders. We’re working closely with law enforcement & will update as appropriate.”
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott condemned the shooting as “a heinous and senseless act of violence.” The state has deployed troopers, special agents, Texas rangers, tactical teams and aircraft in a support role, Abbott said.
Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke has cancelled all campaign events and expressed sorrow at the tragedy and asked everyone to “please follow all directions of emergency personnel as we continue to get more updates.“
Trump on Saturday tweeted: “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!”
The suspect was driving a grey vehicle, according to police scanner chatter. Video shows police searching a vehicle matching that description and taking a suspect into custody.
We knew Patrick Crusius was white when we heard "suspect taken in custody" pic.twitter.com/VFM5HoLYXN
— Alex Cole (@acnewsitics) August 3, 2019
BREAKING: Eyewitness video shows the moment Patrick Crusius is arrested in El Paso pic.twitter.com/qEG7LiXCQY
— OSI News (@OSINews) August 3, 2019