EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) —
A source told the Associated Press the Justice Department is weighing hate crime charges against the Texas shooting suspect that would carry the death penalty.
ABC News reports John Bash, the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas, said Sunday that federal authorities are investigating the incident as an act of “domestic terrorism,” meaning the suspect was allegedly intent on “coercing and intimidating a civilian population.”
WEB EXTRA: Footage from minutes after the shooting (Viewer discretion is advised)
UPDATE: 8:40 p.m. – Former El Paso Congressman and current U.S. Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke went to University Medical Center Saturday night to meet with families of today’s shooting.
He spoke with the media after he met with victims and their families. Watch the full video from News 8’s sister station KTSM in El Paso below:
UPDATE: 6:44 p.m. – Former El Paso Congressman and current U.S. Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke is on his way to University Medical Center to meet with families of today’s shooting.
He will be speaking with News 8’s sister station KTSM after he meets with victims and their families.
UPDATE: 6:11 p.m. – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador confirmed that three of the 20 victims killed in Saturday’s shooting are Mexican citizens.
Lopez Obrador says the CRE and the Mexican consulate are assisting the Mexican national victims and their families.
“I know El Paso, Texas is a very peaceful place. One of the most peaceful in the U.S. There is a lot of fraternal collaboration between El Paso and Juarez,” Lopez Obrador said in a translated tweet. “I am sending help to all Mexican nationals who might need it.”
UPDATE: 5:32 p.m. – Texas Governor Greg Abbott confirms 20 are dead, dozens injured in today’s mass shooting at the Cielo Vista Walmart.
Shooting reported at 10:31 a.m., El Paso Chief Greg Allen confirmes that tin addition to the 20 confirmed dead, there are 26 wounded. Allen says they numerous ages.
Chief Allen confirms the suspect is a white male. KTSM has independently confirmed the suspect is Patrick Crusius, 21, out of Allen, Texas.
The State of Texas will be seeking Capital Murder charges against the suspect. Emerson Bowie, the FBI Special Agent in Charge says the FBI is investigating all evidence to determine if the shooting will be considered a possible hate crime.
The Associated Press reports the police chief in El Paso, Chief Greg Allan, is linking a racist, anti-immigrant screed posted online shortly before a shooting that killed 20 people to the suspect in custody.
When AP asked whether the shooting was a hate crime, Allen said, “it’s beginning to look more solidly like that is the case.”
El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen confirms the shooter left a manifesto behind, which KTSM has received, but is working to validate.
El Paso Police, El Paso Sheriff’s Office, FBI, Texas DPS, and Border Patrol all responded to the scene and are assisting with the investigation.
UPDATE: 4:18 p.m. — UMC officials confirm that one person who was transported to the hospital died due to their injuries. Others remain in critical condition.
UPDATE: 3:40 p.m. – News 8’s sister station KTSM has confirmed the identity of the suspect in police custody as 21-year-old Patrick Crusius from Allen, Texas.
UPDATE: 3:22 p.m. – A spokesperson with University Medical Center (UMC), the county’s only level 1 trauma center, says they received 13 total patients related to today’s Cielo Vista Walmart shooting.
Two children were also received and transferred to El Paso Children’s Hospital, which is attached to UMC.
“We do not have a status for all patients to report at this time. Families of victims are arriving at UMC and are being assisted by UMC staff and counselors. “This is a terrible tragedy and we are doing everything possible to treat and care for the victims and assist their families,” said Jacob Cintron, UMC President & CEO.
A UMC spokesperson says they will be providing a media update at 4 p.m. MST.
In total, between Del Sol and University Medical Center, 24 patients including two children.
UPDATE: 2:26 p.m. – A spokesperson from Del Sol hospital confirms they received a total of 11 victims ranging in age from 35 years old to 82 years old.
Two of those patients are in stable condition and nine are listed in critical condition.
For more information, please call the patient hotline at 915-263-6999.
UPDATE: 2:17 p.m. — President Trump tweets his statement regarding Walmart shooting.
UPDATE: 1:46 p.m. — KTSM can confirm through a law enforcement source that this photo is of the shooter as they entered the Walmart show at Cielo Vista this morning around 10 a.m.
UPDATE 1:37 p.m. — El Paso Police say a call for an active shooter came in at 10a.m. this morning at Walmart at Cielo Vista and then additional reports came in of a possible shooter at adjacent Cielo Vista Mall. Police say one person in custody and a second person is detained. Police do not believe any suspect is outstanding.
El Paso Police confirm multiple fatalities, but cannot say immediately how many. A police source tells KTSM that 18 people were killed.
UPDATE: 1:06 p.m. – An officers on the scene tell KTSM that 18 people are dead at the scene. An updated number of injured has not been given by EPPD. We are waiting to confirm from an El Paso Police spokesperson.
UPDATE: 12:53 p.m. El Paso Police say anyone looking to reunite with loved ones who may have been inside the Walmart or Cielo Vista Mall are asked to gather at MacArthur Intermediate School located 8101 Whitus Dr.
A KTSM photographer confirms that Bassett Place Mall was also being evacuated as a precaution.
UPDATE: 12:46 p.m. El Paso Mayor Dee Margo confirms to KTSM that there are multiple fatalities involved in today’s shooting at Walmart.
Margo says that three suspects believed to be involved were taken into custody. El Paso Police are expected to give a press conference within the hour.
UPDATE: 12:30 p.m. KTSM can confirm that 18 people were shot inside the Walmart. The extent of their injuries is unknown at this time.
El Paso Police and multiple other law enforcement agencies are responding to a shooting at the Walmart an active shooter situation.
Details are limited at this time.