Twenty people were killed and 26 more injured on Saturday morning when a 21-year-old white male, identified by authorities as Patrick Crusius of Allen, Texas, walked into a packed Walmart in El Paso and opened fire.
The wounded ranged in age from a 2-year-old child to an 82-year-old victim, reports ABC News.
El Paso Police Department Sgt. Robert Gomez told reporters the suspect, who drove over nine hours from Allen to El Paso, was “taken into custody without incident” and without any law enforcement officers firing their weapons.
Crusius later told investigators he wanted to shoot as many Mexicans as possible, two law enforcement officials told ABC News.
After he was taken into custody the El Paso suspect told investigators he wanted to shoot as many Mexicans as possible sources tell @JoshMargolin and me. An assault style rifle similar to an AK-47 was recovered at the scene
— Aaron Katersky (@AaronKatersky) August 4, 2019
The officials also told the news outlet that Crusius used an assault-style rifle, similar to an AK-47, to carry out the attack. More than 100 employees and between 1,000 and 3,000 Saturday morning back-to-school shoppers were inside the Walmart at the time, according to a preliminary estimate.
El Paso police chief Greg Allen said authorities are examining what he called a “manifesto” that they believe was written by the shooter and shows a possible “nexus” to a hate crime.
Federal authorities are investigating the manifesto which 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 manifesto also made a reference to President Trump.