El Paso crowd decries racism one week after mass shooting

Erika Holt
August 12, 2019

Authorities believe Crusius is the author of a 2,300-word anti-immigrant screed that was posted to the online message board 8chan just 19 minutes before the mass shooting.

The gunman, identified by authorities as 21-year-old Patrick Crusius, killed 22 people, a lot of them Hispanic, when he opened fire at a Walmart store last Saturday.

The report comes with bipartisan sentiment for action on gun safety appearing to grow after the killings in El Paso and another mass shooting hours later in Dayton, Ohio that left nine people dead.

Meanwhile, El Paso police department said Friday that Crime Scene Unit continue to process the scene at Walmart Cielo Vista.

During the investigation, the suspect said that he had used an AK-47-style gun and brought multiple magazines containing ammunition from Texas to carry out the mass shooting, Garcia wrote in the affidavit.

Senior US officials are scheduled to travel to Mexico City on August 13 to discuss the events in El Paso and other issues, Ebrard said.

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The detective said that the accused was taken to an interview room where he had agreed to divulge the details of the shooting to another detective, the document said.

The auto he emerged from on Saturday was about a half mile from the Walmart, stopped on a street that essentially divides shopping areas from residential areas. It was unclear where Crusius was heading, though Allen has suggested that he did not know the area well and got lost in a neighborhood upon arriving.

"I'm the shooter", the affidavit, which was seen by Efe news on Friday, quoted Patrick Crusius as saying when he surrendered to police after pulling over and exiting his vehicle at an intersection near the Walmart that was the scene of the massacre on August 3.

He told them he had driven to El Paso from the Dallas suburb of Allen where he lived, more than a 10-hour drive from El Paso. His attorney did not immediately respond to the outlet. Speaking to several hundred people, O'Rourke said immigrants had made El Paso one of the safest cities in America, before Saturday's shooting.

The gunman confessed to officers while he was surrendering and later explained that he had been targeting Mexicans.

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