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    Law enforcement work the scene of a shooting at a shopping mall in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. Multiple people were killed and one person was in custody after a shooter went on a rampage at a shopping mall, police in the Texas border town of El Paso said. (AP Photo/Rudy Gutierrez)

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    Law enforcement from different agencies work the scene of a shooting at a shopping mall in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. Multiple people were killed and one person was in custody after a shooter went on a rampage at a shopping mall, police in the Texas border town of El Paso said. (AP Photo/Rudy Gutierrez)

Published August 03. 2019 09:53PM

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Twenty people were killed and more than two dozen injured in a shooting Saturday in a busy shopping area in the Texas border town of El Paso, the state’s governor said.

Among the possibilities being investigated is whether it was a hate crime, the police chief said. Two law enforcement officials who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity identified the suspect taken into custody as 21-year-old Patrick Crusius. El Paso police haven’t released his name, but confirmed the gunman is from Allen near Dallas.

Police said another 26 people were injured and most were being treated at hospitals. Most of the victims were believed to have been shot at a Walmart near the Cielo Vista Mall, they said, adding that the store was packed with as many as 3,000 people during the busy back-to-school shopping season.

“The scene was a horrific one,” said El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen, who described many of those hurt as having life-threatening injuries. He also said police found a post online that may have been written by the suspect — one reason authorities are looking at whether it was a hate crime.

El Paso, which has about 680,000 residents, is in West Texas and sits across the border from Juarez, Mexico.

Residents were quick to volunteer to give blood to the injured after the shooting, and police and military members were helping people look for missing loved ones.

“It’s chaos right now,” said Austin Johnson, an Army medic at nearby Fort Bliss, who volunteered to help at the shopping center and later at a school serving as a reunification center.

Adriana Quezada, 39, said she was in the women’s clothing section of Walmart with her two children when she “heard shots.”

“But I thought they were hits, like roof construction,” she said.

Her 19-year-old daughter and 16-year-old son threw themselves to the ground, then ran out of the store through an emergency exit. They were not hurt, Quezada said.

She said she saw four men, dressed in black, moving together firing guns indiscriminately. Police later said they believed the suspect was the “sole shooter” but were continuing to investigate reports that others were involved.

El Paso police Sgt. Robert Gomez said the suspect, who used a rifle, was arrested without incident.

The shooting came less than a week after a gunman opened fire on a California food festival. Santino William Legan, 19, killed three people and injured 13 others last Sunday at the popular Gilroy Garlic Festival, and died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Ryan Mielke, a spokesman for University Medical Center of El Paso, said 13 people were brought to the hospital with injuries after the Texas shooting, including one who died. Two of the injured were children who were being transferred to El Paso Children’s Hospital, he said. He wouldn’t provide additional details on the victims.

Eleven other victims were being treated at Del Sol Medical Center, hospital spokesman Victor Guerrero said. Those victims’ ages ranged from 35 to 82, he said.

Gov. Greg Abbott, who confirmed the number of victims at a news conference, called the shooting “a heinous and senseless act of violence” and said the state had deployed a number of law enforcement officers to the city. President Donald Trump tweeted: “Reports are very bad, many killed.”

Presidential candidate and former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke appeared a bit shaken as he appeared at a candidate forum Saturday in Las Vegas shortly after news of the shooting in his hometown was reported. The Democrat said the shooting shatters “any illusion that we have that progress is inevitable” on tackling gun violence.

He said he heard early reports that the shooter might have had a military-style weapon, saying we need to “keep that (expletive) on the battlefield. Do not bring it into our communities.”

“We have to find some reason for optimism and hope or else we consign ourselves to a future where nearly 40,000 people a year will lose their lives to gun violence and I cannot accept that,” O’Rourke said.

El Paso has become a focal point of the immigration debate, drawing Trump in February to argue that walling off the southern border would make the U.S. safer, while city residents and O’Rourke led thousands on a protest march past the barrier of barbed wire-topped fencing and towering metal slats.

O’Rourke stressed that border walls haven’t made his hometown safer. The city’s murder rate was less than half the national average in 2005, the year before the start of its border fence. Before the wall project started, El Paso had been rated one of the three safest major U.S. cities going back to 1997.

Heidi Beirich, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project, also said the El Paso shooting suspect wasn’t on her group’s radar screen prior to the shooting.

“We had nothing in our files on him,” Beirich wrote in an email.

The shooting is the 21st mass killing in the United States in 2019, and the fifth public mass shooting. Before Saturday, 96 people had died in mass killings in 2019 — 26 of them in public mass shootings.

The AP/USATODAY/Northeastern University mass murder database tracks all U.S. homicides since 2006 involving four or more people killed, not including the offender, over a short period of time regardless of weapon, location, victim-offender relationship or motive. The database shows that the median age of a public mass shooter is 28, significantly lower than the median age of a person who commits a mass shooting of their family.

Since 2006, 11 mass shootings — not including Saturday’s — have been committed by men who are 21 or younger.

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This story has been corrected to show that the suspect’s last name is Crusius, not Crucius.

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Balsamo reported from Orlando, Florida, and Heidgerd from Dallas. Associated Press writers Martha Irvine in Chicago, Eric Tucker in Washington, D.C., Michelle L. Price in Las Vegas and Jeff Karoub in Detroit also contributed.

Comments
You are being very reckless in that post. There's no truth to those words, but those words are exactly the same rehtorical mush that stirs up such incidents. There is no White Nationalist movement going on Joe. I don't know of anyone in to that, and I upset to see you post such irresponsible fo a post.
Where is the moderator of this site?
Joe is stirring trouble.

MODERATOR! We have a nut here.
Come on Joe. Read the vile killer’s manifest. You liberal whack jobs try to make any thing bad stick to Trump. You look on with glee as any bad thing happens in the hope that maybe you can “stick it to the man.” You have Trump Derangement Syndrome that renders you intellectually useless. Did you “stick it to” a Trump supporter today at your business? You, Joe, are a crooked businessman that looks for every opportunity to disparage and disgrace President Trump, a legitimately elected President. It is nut jobs like you that incite unbalanced haters to do stuff like this. You should be ashamed of yourself.
Joe, you should be ashamed of yourself. Do you like these terrible massacres to “stick it to Trump?” You are worse than I thought if you believe that. For a self-proclaimed genius you should know better. You are crazy.
You, Joe, are saying what you want most of the country and the world to be saying. You have extreme bias against President Trump that disturbs your sense of judgement. If you were under my command I would relieve you of your responsibility. Of course, in your fully biased opinion, Trump will not be able to do anything right. Let us see how well I know the liberal mind. If Trump tweets sorrow & sympathies tomorrow : why did he wait so long?/ if Trump goes to crime site to meet grieving families : he is taking advantage of situation for political advantage. / if Trump makes a National Address: he is deflecting attention from impeachment trials; coddling up to NRA; showing silent support for Nazis & white supremacy. Of course CNN & MSNBC will avoid any Trump speech in favor of the LEO’s or civilian heroes. Compare the coverage of how President Obama was made out to rise to the occasion to reunite America as he did little to how President Trump was the reprobate that caused this and is a closet Nazi lover. Wait and see the fake news.
You and a few others inhabit the island you dwell on. It's words written in the way of your post, which stirs the pot. Very dangerous post my friend. You should be removed from this site. White Nationalism is the boogie man your handlers want you to promote. You've no idea what motivated the shooter, unless you're either God, or Satan himself. Stop it Joe!
Hey Joe,
Did you read the entire manifesto, or did you allow CNN read it to you?
https://thefederalistpapers.org/opinion/el-paso-shooters-entire-purported-manifesto
Read that Joe.
It was written by the one responsible, the one who squeezed the trigger. The shooter was concerned about over population, "...next logical step is to decrease the number of people in America".
The shooter was concerned about environment, "... our lifestyle is destroying the environment of our country."
The shooter was steeped with hatred to people of certain culture. The shooter was listening to some radical stuff. Read it Joe, and stop with your folly.
Joe, did you cheat any Trump supporters today? Did you get even by overcharging a MAGA hat wearing racist? Did you feel offended since you don’t like Trump? It is not hate to spit on a Trump supporters food, right? Trump voters are all racists, right? Random words from a manifesto show Trump is a hater, right? Trump has no right to showboat since he is not legitimate, right? Trump’s orange hair demonizes Hispanics, right? Trump rallies are all white supremacy meetings? When Trump eats vanilla ice cream he is a racist. Keep this up Joe. A shooter praised another shooter who mentioned Trump...so all massacres are Trump’s fault. Trump is clairvoyant and knew about these killings and didn’t tell anyone. Trump should be impeached because he has orange hair and uses ketchup on steak. Trump likes Dayton more than El Paso because he went there first. This proves that Trump is a racist and doesn’t like Mexicans. Is this stuff crazy or what? CNN & MSNBC should be shut down.
“Actor Robert De Niro has repeatedly expressed a desire to physically assault Trump. A month before Trump was elected, De Niro said of him, ‘I’d like to punch him in the face.’ Later, De Niro doubled down with a series of ‘F— Trump’ outbursts.”
Maxine Waters said, "Let's make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they're not welcome anymore, anywhere. We've got to get the children connected to their parents,"
Political tensions are reaching a boiling point and the mainstream media, pundits, and “analysts” do nothing but fan the flames.
Rosie O'Donnell "Push Trump Off A Cliff Again."
Madonna Madonna told a crowd... “thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House."
Kathy Griffin... holding a fake bloody, decapitated Trump head.
Johnny Depp... "I think Trump needs help" -- and then made an ill-considered joke: “When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?”
And just yesterday... McConnell swarmed at home: 'Stab the motherf***er'
And here on TNOnline we have Joe spreading hate too.
Trump isn't doing anything compared to all the dark devious and evil motivators among your folk Joe. just Saying.
Again, you're looking like a total jerk.
Joe, this is why you are a fraud. You have no interest in determining truth. You just want to take a shot at President Trump. 100% of the time you oppose the President just to satiate your extreme bias. You twist facts as you ignore pertinent information. You project vile thoughts about Trump (and Meyers) that are shameful. Since you brought it up, both of these recent shooters were left wing nut jobs. Did you cheat any Trump supporters today? They deserve to be taught a lesson...even more now, right?
This is crazy little Joey. You are pathetic with this racist crap. This is your last gasp of remaining hatred. You are worse with your Trump hatred. It is ok for you to sabotage Trump at every turn, right? Trump winning a legitimate election doesn’t count since you don’t like him. Did you teach your lovely daughter to hate Trump? Would you “fudge” the numbers at work to make Trump look bad? Do you make up “facts” that paint Trump in bad light? Do you cheat Trump shirt wearers? It is great to pocket a “surcharge” from a Trump fan? Ha ha, they deserve to pay more. So what Mexicans died in a massacre, if you can further your political agenda, right? Next time the cemetery votes will “even out” Texas and make It Democrat. Payback! The ends justify the means, right?
“Hate has no place in our country, and we are going to take care of it.” President Trump
“God Bless the people of El Paso, Texas & Dayton, Ohio.”
“The Flags will fly at half-staff through August 8th.”
Joe, MAGA has absolutely nothing to do with white nationalism. You are fully wrong. I fully oppose this white nationalism. I would be hard pressed to find any. Years ago, in CA, outside of a hotel in a city I no longer remember there was a white power type of rally. They openly displayed the Nazi flag and KKK type of literature. The American Flag was hung upside down. There were about 20 young punks that denied the Holocaust. I was enraged about everything about that. You are ignorant if you believe that any MAGA Rally would support that stuff. As a military veteran, I had to hold myself back from launching into them. That is what they want, however. I haven’t seen anything like it since, nor did I want to. I consider this KKK & Nazi stuff to be a terrorist group like Antifa. They should be hunted down. Indications are these groups are tiny. Let us unite to shut these dangerous terror groups down.
Here's Joe again... stirring the pot. I understand why you post under a silly username. That's so you can instigate and poke.
Joe, you are a fraud. I never threatened you at all. You are the one that attempted to do some “opposition research” to investigate me. You attempted to track me down since I have a Doctorate Degree. The rarity of a Doctorate Degree would subject me to exposure if someone would try to threaten me. I gave an imprecise Degree to throw off any attempt to track me down. Liberals do not have any ethics. They use “the ends justify the means” politics. Joe, you are a lying fraud. You are delusional with a shameful dash of arrogance and hubris. I pity you more than anything.
The latest liberal hoax is the white supremacy & racism propagation. Dr. Ben Carson denies President Trump is a racist. Yet, left wingers try to build this theme because the Russian Collusion hoax failed. Years ago, I know of a veteran minority that was a beneficiary of a $150k gift from Donald Trump. This man was about to lose his house and Trump gave him the money with the understanding that the donation be kept quiet. Looks like President Trump is not a racist. I am not saying racism does not exist, but, President Trump is not a racist. MAGA Rallies are not racist. I am not a racist. Honesty begins from within Joe. You fraudulently portray yourself as a victim as you accuse people you don’t even know of horrendous things. America is great.
I know so very sad. The most corrupt, deceitful, cruel administration in my life time. Edit add on: Stochastic Terrorism per Juliette Kayyem Specialist on Terrorism.
Where does this stuff come from Country Girl? President Trump is like a Pope in comparison to the Clinton or the Obama Administrations. You might want to balance out your valuable time and lighten up the CNN & MSNBC time. Your time is too valuable to waste it on either of those fake news outlets.
Girl,
Did Trump pull the trigger? How does he get brought into this, outside of irresponsible fools, who find need to politicize any, and everything, for the sake of the cause. In your case, the cause must be chaos. Have some sympathy for the lost, and do something to help, not add to the disaster. You may be a Country Girl, but from what country?
Turn off CNN my dear.
Come on Joe. I have higher expectations for you. Vulnerable people, sometimes young and impressionable listen to the liberal mantras of the world ending in 10 years because of global warming. They play video games that glorify killing and reduce the value of life to a point value. They go on face book and see friends perhaps making up accomplishments that they become envious of. These people then stay at home and become isolated from society as this seed of discontent develops into a tree with deep roots. Other factors, such as late term abortions contribute to the perceived reduction in value of human life. Of course, there are perhaps thousands of other reasons that disseminate through the shooters on a case by case basis. Always, after a terrible incident the mental illness of the shooter is found to be readily apparent. Yes, the internet, social media, and video games are major contributors. The disturbed individual with mental illness is personally responsible. Crazy people should be denied access to weapons. Again, you readily use any negative to insult President Trump. You have Trump Derangement Syndrome that puts your hatred before your country.
Come on Joe. Just as I begin to think you are opening your mind to enlighten yourself, you come up with a blockbuster. Now you deny any contribution of violent video games toward the degradation of society in general, and specifically, to these massacres. Your Trump Derangement Syndrome renders you intellectually useless.
Now, today, we have liberal protesters in Dayton & El Paso. The deranged liberal base is threatening and protesting Trump. The “Dump Trump” toilet balloon is on full display. If this demonstration is not classless, I don’t know what is. Liberal nut cases are unable to set aside hatred for the sake of compassion for the victims and unity for our country.
"Thoughts & prayers"! Dear Families of the victims, That will be all you get!
No value to the "thoughts" from the lame brain of a MAGAtard. "Prayers" are a cheap crutch used by the ignorant.
Mass shootings are all in the trump plan for America. trump keeps his hands clean while he gets his weak minded, minions to carry out his final solution. ☠🔥⚡⚡ MAGA, NAZI. No difference.

And now... the extras from chromosome 21 oozing out of ramhole rambo,-@'
You, Crazy Bernie, Beto, you all can't resist politicizing.
The two socialists took the blame right to Trump within only a few hours of the tragedy.
Shameful
There is no dignity on the left... none. Only desperation remains.
T2C you are the dumbest one to ever post on this site. Mass shootings have been occurring for years. You do know that, right? You loose any figment of credibility when you display unstable hateful things like this. You need a mental evaluation. Have you been looked at recently? Nut jobs like you, T2C, should be kept away from guns. You are a laughingstock. During terrible times like this instead of offering prayers for the victims and their families, you try to make political hay and anti-Trump rhetoric. Instead of a hand to the hurt, you flip the finger to Trump. You reveal your hand of hatred.
I believe in you T2C. I believe you are the dumbest one to ever post on the TN site. I believe you are a fraud that is insulting and rude. I believe that you need a mental evaluation before you harm yourself or any other bystanders. I believe you should not be allowed to handle weapons. I believe you need help.

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