The suspect in last weekend’s mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, that left 22 people dead and dozens more injured, reportedly told police he was deliberately targeting “Mexicans” and immediately confessed to carrying out the attack when he surrendered to law enforcement “without incident.”
“The defendant stated once inside the store he opened fire using his AK-47 shooting multiple innocent victims,” Garcia said. Crusius clarified to authorities that his targets were “Mexicans.”
Crusius surrendered to police after they spotted a car stopped at an intersection near the Walmart where the shooting occurred, emerging from the vehicle with his hands in the air.
Law enforcement officials responding to the chaotic scene on Saturday spotted a car stopped at an intersection near the Walmart where the shooting occurred, emerging from the vehicle with his hands in the air, the affidavit said.
Authorities believe Crusius is the author of an anti-immigrant manifesto posted online shortly before the attack that decried what it called a “Hispanic invasion of Texas,” echoing the same “invasion” rhetoric used by President Trump. The president used terms like “invasion,” “alien,” “killer” and “criminal” more than 500 times in discussing immigrants during campaign rallies since 2017, according to a USA Today analysis.
Federal officials have called the attack domestic terrorism and said they are weighing federal hate crimes charges in the case.
Crusius reportedly told authorities he traveled nearly 10 hours from Allen, Texas, a Dallas suburb, to El Paso with an assault rifle and multiple magazines to conduct the shooting.