A mass shooting killed 20 people and injured at least 26 – including some Mexican nationals – at the Walmart Super Center in El Paso, Texas, crowded with thousands of shoppers.
Police Chief Greg Allen said at a press conference with Governor Greg Abbott, that a 21-year-old man from Allen, Texas, a suburb of Dallas, was arrested in connection with the shooting in the West Texas town bordering Mexico. Other elected officials and law enforcement.
Several media outlets identified the suspect as Patrick Croceus. A person of that name who attended Collin College in McKinney, Texas, from 2017 until this year, Municipal College confirmed, adding that it is “ready to cooperate fully with state and federal authorities in this investigation into this senseless tragedy.”
The shooter was arrested without police firing a bullet at 11:06 a.m., 21 minutes after police received their first gun notification.
Two workers at a related store were killed in a shooting in the Memphis suburb of Walmart
A racist statement was found online but Allen said they could not confirm the suspect was connected to him. Allen said they were investigating the matter as a hate crime, but FBI officials said it was too early for an investigation to determine the motive.
The suspect faces charges of premeditated murder, and if found guilty, he could be sentenced to death. It is also possible to prosecute federal hate crimes.
Rep. Veronica Escobar, from Texas, said that while the investigation into this case continues, there have been too many cases recently where the people behind the attack had a racist agenda.
Escobar, who represents El Paso, said the account of the statement is fueled by hatred, fueled by racism, bigotry and division. “This is someone who came from outside our community to harm us.”
Facebook and Instagram accounts bearing the suspect’s name have been removed.
A Facebook spokesperson said: “Content that praises, supports, or represents shootings or anyone responsible violates our community standards and we will continue to remove it once identified.”