Third massive shooting happened in the US in one week, this time in Texas Walmart Store. A gunman carrying AK-47 opened fire on people in the store, leaving 20 killed and 26 injured, reported AFP Sunday. The tragedy comes six days after a mass shooting at the food festival in California and another shooting at a Walmart in Mississippi.
The suspect, 21-year-old Patrick Crusius, is now in the custody while the police is thoroughly investigating the case and studying a memo written by the gunman. Greg Allen, police chief, confirmed the information and said: “Right now we have a manifesto from this individual that indicates to some degree, it has a nexus to potential hate crime.”
— Matthew Keys (@MatthewKeysLive) August 3, 2019
“My ideology has not changed for several years. My opinions on automation, immigration, and the rest predate Trump and his campaign for president. I putting this here because some people will blame the President or certain presidential candidates for the attack. This is not the case. I know that the media will probably call me a white supremacist anyway and blame Trump’s rhetoric. The media is infamous for fake news. Their reaction to this attack will likely just confirm that,” the gunman wrote.
Crusius called his manifesto ‘The Inconvenient Truth’ and reportedly posted it online a few hours before the attack, which means that police knew about possible attack, yet they could not locate the target.
Mexican authorities said that three Mexican citizens were killed and six other wounded.
Greg Abbott, Texas Governor, spoke at a press conference after the shooting. “Twenty innocent people from El Paso have lost their lives,” he said.
Police said that at the time of the shooting the store was packed with 1,000-3,000 customers. According to media reports, the victims are the people aged from two to 82 years.
Veronica Escobar, El Paso Representative in the Congress, said that the memo written by the gunman, who expected to be killed during his attack, “is fueled by hate.” “And it’s fueled by racism and bigotry and division,” she added.
US President Donald trump said that the shooting was “an act of cowardice.” “There are no reasons or excuses that will ever justify killing innocent people,” he said.
Today’s shooting in El Paso, Texas, was not only tragic, it was an act of cowardice. I know that I stand with everyone in this Country to condemn today’s hateful act. There are no reasons or excuses that will ever justify killing innocent people….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 4, 2019
Elisabeth Warren, a senator running for president in 2020, said that the government “must act to end our country’s gun violence epidemic.”
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