Two law enforcement officials who spoke to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity identified the suspect as 21-year-old Patrick Croeseus. El Paso police did not reveal his name at a press conference but confirmed that the gunman was from Alan, near Dallas.
Several victims were shot at Walmart, according to police, who provided updates about the shootings in English and Spanish throughout the day in the predominantly Latin city.
“The scene was horrific,” said Allen, adding that many of the 26 people who were injured had been seriously injured.
Residents quickly volunteered to donate blood to the injured after the El Paso shooting, and police and military personnel helped people search for their missing loved ones.
“It’s chaos now,” said Austin Johnson, an Army medic in nearby Fort Bliss who volunteered to help at the shopping center and later at a school that functions as a reunification center.
Adriana Quizada, 39, said she was in the womenswear department of Walmart with her two children when she heard gunfire.
“But I thought it was hit, like building a roof,” she said of the shots.
Her 19-year-old daughter and 16-year-old son threw themselves on the ground, then ran out of store through the emergency exit. They were unharmed, Quezada said.
She said she saw four men, dressed in black, moving together and shooting randomly. Police later said they believed the suspect, who was armed with a rifle, was the only shooter.
A spokesman for the University Medical Center in El Paso, Ryan Milky, said 13 of the injured were taken to hospital with injuries, including one who died. He said that two of the injured were children, who were being transported to El Paso Hospital for Children. He did not provide further details about the victims.
Hospital spokesman Victor Guerrero said another 11 victims were receiving treatment at Del Sol Medical Center. He said that the ages of these victims ranged between 35 and 82.
Relatives said a 25-year-old woman who was shot while carrying her two-month-old son was among the dead, while Mexican officials said three Mexican citizens were among the dead and six others were injured.