Police have arrested a 21-year-old Texas man suspected of opening fire with an assault rifle at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, killing at least 20 people. The suspect allegedly drove hundreds of miles from his home near Dallas to carry out the attack in the Hispanic city on the US-Mexico border.
Authorities are investigating a possible link to an anti-immigrant document that appeared online shortly after the killings, with outrage directed at immigrants and specifically against Mexicans. Given this, the carnage has given renewed impetus to critics of President Donald Trump’s harsh rhetoric on immigration. Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said in a video on Twitter that three Mexicans were killed in a shooting in El Paso.
Police there said, less than 24 hours after the shooting in El Paso, a gunman wearing body armor killed at least nine people and wounded dozens of others in a popular nightlife district in Dayton, Ohio.
The company said in a statement that Wal-Mart was “shocked by the tragic events” at the El Paso Mall.