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USEl Paso shooting being investigated as domestic terrorism and possible hate crime

17:05  04 august  2019
17:05  04 august  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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Authorities are investigating a racist, anti-immigrant screed that they believe was posted by a man who opened fire at a shopping center in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday.

El Paso shooting being investigated as domestic terrorism and possible hate crime © Joel Angel Juarez/AFP/Getty Images Law enforcement agencies respond to an active shooter at a Wal-Mart near Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. - Police said there may be more than one suspect involved in an active shooter situation Saturday in El Paso, Texas. City police said on Twitter they had received "multi reports of multipe shooters." There was no immediate word on casualties. (Photo by Joel Angel Juarez / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOEL ANGEL JUAREZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Twenty people were killed and 26 people were injured when the gunman, identified by three sources as Patrick Crusius, a 21-year-old white man from Allen, Texas, began shooting just after 10:30 a.m.

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About 20 minutes earlier, a post on the online message board 8chan believed to be from the suspect laid out a dark vision of America overrun by Hispanic immigrants. The 2,300-word document, which police called a "manifesto," was attached to a post that said, "I'm probably going to die today."

El Paso shooting being investigated as domestic terrorism and possible hate crime
El Paso shooting being investigated as domestic terrorism and possible hate crime
El Paso shooting being investigated as domestic terrorism and possible hate crime
El Paso shooting being investigated as domestic terrorism and possible hate crime
El Paso shooting being investigated as domestic terrorism and possible hate crime
El Paso shooting being investigated as domestic terrorism and possible hate crime
El Paso shooting being investigated as domestic terrorism and possible hate crime
El Paso shooting being investigated as domestic terrorism and possible hate crime
El Paso shooting being investigated as domestic terrorism and possible hate crime
El Paso shooting being investigated as domestic terrorism and possible hate crime
El Paso shooting being investigated as domestic terrorism and possible hate crime
El Paso shooting being investigated as domestic terrorism and possible hate crime
El Paso shooting being investigated as domestic terrorism and possible hate crime
El Paso shooting being investigated as domestic terrorism and possible hate crime
El Paso shooting being investigated as domestic terrorism and possible hate crime
El Paso shooting being investigated as domestic terrorism and possible hate crime
El Paso shooting being investigated as domestic terrorism and possible hate crime
El Paso shooting being investigated as domestic terrorism and possible hate crime
El Paso shooting being investigated as domestic terrorism and possible hate crime
El Paso shooting being investigated as domestic terrorism and possible hate crime
El Paso shooting being investigated as domestic terrorism and possible hate crime
El Paso shooting being investigated as domestic terrorism and possible hate crime
El Paso shooting being investigated as domestic terrorism and possible hate crime
El Paso shooting being investigated as domestic terrorism and possible hate crime
El Paso shooting being investigated as domestic terrorism and possible hate crime
El Paso shooting being investigated as domestic terrorism and possible hate crime
El Paso shooting being investigated as domestic terrorism and possible hate crime
El Paso shooting being investigated as domestic terrorism and possible hate crime
El Paso shooting being investigated as domestic terrorism and possible hate crime

The writing is filled with white nationalist language and racist hatred toward immigrants and Latinos, blaming immigrants and first-generation Americans for taking away jobs.

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Although authorities are still investigating the suspect's connection to the document, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called the shooting a "hate crime" during an evening press briefing, and the FBI has also opened a domestic terrorism investigation into the massacre, a source familiar with the investigation process said Saturday.

"This is disgusting, intolerable. It's not Texan," Abbott told reporters who asked about the document. "We are going to aggressively prosecute it both as capital murder, but also as a hate crime, which is what it appears to be, without having seen all the evidence yet."

El Paso shooting being investigated as domestic terrorism and possible hate crime
El Paso shooting being investigated as domestic terrorism and possible hate crime
El Paso shooting being investigated as domestic terrorism and possible hate crime
El Paso shooting being investigated as domestic terrorism and possible hate crime
El Paso shooting being investigated as domestic terrorism and possible hate crime
El Paso shooting being investigated as domestic terrorism and possible hate crime
El Paso shooting being investigated as domestic terrorism and possible hate crime

FBI El Paso Special Agent in Charge Emmerson Buie said more investigative work was needed before determining whether there was a possible hate crime.

The suspect is in custody and authorities are looking at the possibility of bringing capital murder charges against him.

The mass shooting happened in one of the largest and safest cities on the US-Mexico border, a place central to the Trump administration's hardline stance on immigration and a city that Rep. Cesar Blanco called "ground zero" of the administration's family separations policy.

Walmart trip turns deadly

The first call of an active shooter went out at 10:39 a.m. local time, El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen said. The first officer arrived on scene at the Walmart near the Cielo Vista Mall six minutes later.

Multiple agencies responded to the scene, including the FBI, the sheriff's department, the state Department of Public Safety and Border Patrol.

Adria Gonzalez was walking by the meat section on a Saturday morning shopping trip with her mom when she heard the shots.

"They didn't sound like gunshots, it sounded more like something fell to the floor," Gonzalez, 37, told CNN.

She said she stepped up to see what was happening and that's when she saw the shooter near the main entrance, wearing headphones or earmuffs and carrying a gun.

"I could only think about getting my mom and others out of the store," she said. "We gotta get out of here."

After she saw the shooter, Gonzalez said she saw a grade-school aged boy get shot in the leg, a man bleeding on the floor and another man, covered in blood, reaching for a nearby child.

"We heard two to three shots, four to five shots, then six to seven shots," Gonzalez told CNN.

She and her mother took off -- along with about 40 other people, Gonzalez said. They waited in a storage area of the store until they no longer heard the gunfire.

"You see this happening in the movies, but when you live it yourself, when you see a person killing, the blood everywhere, you are in shock," she said.

'Manifesto' posted to 8chan

Saturday's shooting in El Paso is at least the third atrocity this year where a shooting suspect is thought to have posted to 8chan in advance of an attack.

Before the mass shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March, an account believed to belong to the gunman posted a link to an 87-page white nationalist manifesto on Twitter and 8chan.

And 73 minutes before the deadly shooting at Congregation Chabad synagogue in Poway, California, in April, someone identifying himself as the suspect in that attack posted a link to a hate-speech-filled manifesto hyperlinked on 8chan.

On Saturday, the writer cited a fear that an influential Hispanic population in Texas would make the state a "Democratic stronghold," though he said "the Republican Party is also terrible," because the GOP is in his mind pro-corporation, which can lead to more immigration.

The writer of the document said they held these beliefs for years, before Trump was elected president.

The author says it took less than a month to plan the shooting.

'This was a massacre'

Officials from two local hospitals said they had received at least 24 people.

Thirteen people were taken to University Medical Center of El Paso, spokesman Ryan Mielke told CNN, and one of them has died. Two children with non-life-threatening injuries were transferred to a children's medical facility, Mielke said.

Eleven victims were transported to the Del Sol Medical Center, Dr. Stephen Flaherty said. Eight are in stable condition and three are in critical condition, and the patients ranged in age from 35 to 82, he said.

Of the 20 killed, three were Mexican nationals, according to a tweet from President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Of the 26 injured, six were Mexican, Foreign Affairs Secretary Marcelo Ebrard wrote on Twitter.

"The ages and genders of all these people injured and killed are numerous in the age groups," Allen said. "The situation, needless to say, is a horrific one."

"This was a massacre," US Rep. Veronica Escobar, who represents the area, told CNN. Escobar has received conflicting reports on the numbers of casualties, she said, but added, "The numbers are shocking."

The victims inside the Walmart will remain at the scene where they were gunned down. Authorities say the bodies cannot be removed until the crime scene is processed -- which could take days.

"One murder occurrence can take all day, now we have 20 victims, El Paso Police Sgt. Robert Gomez told reporters Saturday, adding that police are working to diagram the scene, collect evidence and identify victims. "It may be exponentially longer."

"I can tell you that the investigators are doing their best to complete this investigation proper with the respect and dignity that the victims deserve," Gomez said.

A video, shot from outside the Walmart, showed people lying on the ground, some of them next to a table set up by the store's entrance.

"There's a man lying down at the stand that a school set up," the man holding the camera says in Spanish.

"Help!" a man screams in English.

"We need CPR," someone else says. "We need CPR."

Walmart issued a statement regarding the shooting, saying, "We're in shock over the tragic events at Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso. ... We're praying for the victims, the community & our associates, as well as the first responders."

El Paso shooting being investigated as domestic terrorism and possible hate crime © Law Enforcement Source Patrick Crusius El Paso shooting being investigated as domestic terrorism and possible hate crime © John Locher/AP From left, Samuel Lerma, Arzetta Hodges and Desiree Quintanar attend a vigil for victims of the deadly shooting that occurred earlier in the day.

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