At least twenty people were killed and 26 others injured in a shooting attack at Walmart’s store in El Paso, Texas. A suspect was arrested who, according to the county police chief, is a 21-year-old white man, Patrick Crozius, who lives in Allen. Police have found evidence indicating that it is a “hate crime” against Hispanics who immigrated to Texas in the past. .
This is the second shooting incident in less than a week at Walmart stores in the United States, and it comes after a shooting in California.
A suspect has been arrested while police are studying an extremist statement believed to have been written by the shooter.
Phone camera recordings showed many bodies on the floor of the store’s garage, while other recordings showed shoppers fleeing in panic from the store as gunfire was heard.
The ages of the injured ranged from two to 82 years and eyewitness testimonies
“Twenty innocent people from El Paso have lost their lives,” State Governor Greg Abbott said at a press conference.
“We, as a state, stand together in support of these victims and their family members … We pray that God be with those who were hurt in any way and heal their wounds,” he added.
For his part, El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen indicated that there were 26 wounded as well.
Various reports stated that the ages of the injured who are receiving treatment in hospitals ranged from two years to 82 years.
Police said between 1,000 and 3,000 shoppers were at Walmart at the time of the shooting.
Police confirmed that the suspect was arrested, “a white man aged twenty-first” from the city of Allen, Texas.
US media said he was named Patrick Crozius. He turned himself in to the police.
“We have a statement from this person that indicates, to some extent, a possible association with a hate crime,” Allen added.
The statement Allen spoke about, which is believed to have been written by Croesius and published on the Internet, includes passages denouncing the “Hispanic invasion” of Texas, and the writer clearly indicates that he expected to be killed during his attack.
Witnesses said that the gunman apparently fired indiscriminately around 10:30 a.m.
A woman who introduced herself as Vanessa said, “I went to the exit. I saw a man in a black shirt and trousers, and he was carrying what appeared to be a rifle. He was pointing it at people and shooting directly at them. I saw three or four people fall on the ground.”
Another shopper recounted how he managed to avoid bullets by hiding with his mother between two vending machines outside the store.
“That guy tried to shoot me and he couldn’t because I bent over,” Robert Corrado told the El Paso Times.
Security forces control the place
Around the afternoon, the situation appeared to be under control, but the security forces continued to comb the area to make sure that there were no armed men at large.
A photo taken by surveillance cameras showed the gunman carrying what looked like an AK-47 machine gun.
Two people were killed and a policeman was injured at a Walmart store in Mississippi on Tuesday.
The United States often witnesses bloody shootings.