This is a developing story.
According to 3 different news sources, the suspect in a shooting at an El Paso shopping center Saturday is Patrick Crusius, 21, of Allen, Texas.
There are multiple reports ranging between 15-20 people dead but those numbers are still being confirmed.
Law enforcement officials are still working at the scene. According to news reports, a suspect is in custody and the number of people injured or killed are still being reported.
Police received several reports of multiple shooters at Cielo Vista Mall and a nearby Walmart in El Paso, Texas.
22 people have died in a mass shooting at a El Paso Walmart. Thank God for this hero Army Specialist Glendon Oakley who saved many kids at The El Paso Walmart shooting. Sending Prayers 🙏🏻 to the victims and their families. Action needs to be taken in this Nation. pic.twitter.com/BkW1WMJj5A
— Dylan (@DylansRawTake) August 3, 2019
This is footage of police clearing out the entire Cielo Vista Mall:
#Update: Just in – Video footage of police clearing out the entire Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, #Texas. Where a gunman who is still at large shot at least 18 people and one person dead in a #Walmart and on a parking lot. pic.twitter.com/tqb0iKwNmh
— Sotiri Dimpinoudis (@sotiridi) August 3, 2019
Here’s a video of people hiding as gunfire can be heard nearby:
— 𝙲𝙰𝚂𝚂𝙸𝙳𝚈 𝚁𝙰𝙴 📸 (@cassidy_rae24) August 3, 2019
Here’s what one witness tweeted:
15+ shots, And I swear I saw an older lady drop to the floor🤢😢. Check on your family
— IG: wreckemray (@GeeRayAllDay_1) August 3, 2019
Walmart released a statement saying,
We’re working with law enforcement and praying for the victims, the community & our associates, as well as the first responders.
President Trump 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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 3, 2019
Governor Greg Abbot released a statement on Twitter saying,
In El Paso, the Texas Dept. of Public Safety is assisting local law enforcement & federal authorities to bring this tragedy to the swiftest & safest possible conclusion.
We thank all First Responders for their courageous response & urge all area residents to remain safe. https://t.co/H6UDwu81SY
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) August 3, 2019
U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar, who represents El Paso, said on Twitter she was “heartbroken” by the incident and was monitoring the situation.
Utterly heartbroken by the developing news in El Paso. Monitoring the situation and in communication with our law enforcement. Please stay safe.
— Rep. Veronica Escobar (@RepEscobar) August 3, 2019
Active shooter situations always bring up the topic of gun control.
Do current gun control laws work? Should more citizens be armed? Should guns be outlawed?
Keep in mind – Some things being reported now may turn out to be incorrect. We focus on reports from police officials, credible news outlets, reporters at the scene, and other authorities. We will update this story as the situation develops.
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