'I'm The Shooter,' El Paso Suspect Allegedly Told Police

Erika Holt
August 12, 2019

El Paso lies on the Rio Grande River which marks the USA border with Mexico.

The gift is meant to support the many victims of the mass shooting which recently shook the US-Mexico border region, which includes the city of El Paso as well as the surrounding counties in southern New Mexico.

The suspect's mother was anxious that her son, whom she didn't name, wasn't mature enough to handle the weapon, police said, but she did not indicate that he posed a threat to anyone.

Crusius later waived his Miranda Rights and agreed to speak with detectives, telling them that he had driven to El Paso from the Dallas suburb of Allen - which is where he lived and is a more than 10-hour drive from El Paso - and that he was targeting Mexicans in the attack.

Twenty-two people were killed and about two dozen others were wounded in the shooting.

Investigators are trying to confirm whether Crusius was the also author of a statement posted online roughly 20 minutes prior to the shooting that called for halting an "Hispanic invasion" of Texas.

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"Not only did El Paso bear the brunt of this hatred and this racism perpetrated not just by white nationalists and terrorists and Klansmen and neo-Nazis but by the very president of the United States of America himself", O'Rourke told the crowd on Saturday. The suspected gunman, 21-year-old Patrick Crusius, of Allen, Texas, has been booked on capital murder charges.

Almost half of all Americans believe another mass shooting in the United States is highly likely soon, according to a Reuters/Ipsos public opinion poll released on Friday.

Authorities have labeled the El Paso attack a hate crime and said the suspect in the shooting, Patrick Crusius, 21, posted a manifesto online railing against immigrants.

Thirteen hours after the bloodbath in Texas, 22-year-old Connor Betts opened fire on pedestrians in an entertainment district of Dayton, Ohio, killing his own sister and eight other people before he was shot dead by the police.

Trump said Friday that he believes he can influence the powerful gun rights group, the National Rifle Association, to allow stronger federal background checks.

"This community also holds the example and the solution to a country that has never been more divided than it is right now", O'Rourke said.

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