4-month Old, 2 Children Are Among El Paso Shooting Victims

August 4, 2019 Updated: August 4, 2019

A four-month-old baby and two children are among those who were shot at a mall in El Paso, Texas, it was reported.

The suspect, who was captured on surveillance video, was later identified as 21-year-old Patrick Crusius, CBS News reported on Aug. 3.

Sergeant Robert Gomez, a police spokesman, said the shooter was taken into custody “without incident,” adding there was no longer a threat to the public.

At least 20 people died in the shooting, it was reported.

University of Medical Center of El Paso told CBS that it received 11 victims, including one person who died. Hospital spokesman Ryan Mielke said that they are treating a 4-month-old, a 2-year-old child, and a 9-year-old child at the facility.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott described the shooting a “hate crime,” reported CNN, adding that the FBI has also opened a domestic terrorism investigation into the shooting.

“This is disgusting, intolerable. It’s not Texan,” Abbott told reporters. “We are going to aggressively prosecute it both as capital murder, but also as a hate crime, which is what it appears to be, without having seen all the evidence yet.”

Law enforcement officers responding to an active shotoer situation at a Walmart near the Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, Texas on Aug. 3, 2019. (Joel Angel Juarez/AFP/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen said an investigation is underway.

“Right now we have a manifesto from this individual that indicates a possible hate crime,” El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen told the El Paso Times. “We don’t want to taint the investigation by matter-of-factly saying things right now,” he added.

A 2,000-word manifesto-type document was published on an online forum that was allegedly linked to Crusius’ Facebook account, the report said.

Adriana Quezada said she was in the women’s clothing section of the Walmart with her two children when she heard gunfire.

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Armed police officers gather next to an FBI armored vehicle next to the Cielo Vista Mall amid an active shooter situation in El Paso on Aug. 3, 2019. (Angel Juarez/AFP/Getty Images)

“But I thought they were hits, like roof construction,” Quezada, 39, said of the shots.

Her 19-year-old daughter and 16-year-old son threw themselves to the ground, then ran out of the store through an emergency exit. They were not hurt, Quezada said.

Relatives said a 25-year-old woman who was shot while apparently trying to shield her 2-month-old son was among those killed, while Mexican officials said three Mexican nationals were among the dead and six more were wounded.

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Law enforcement agents respond to an active shooter at a Wal-Mart near Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, Texas, on Aug. 3, 2019. (JOEL ANGEL JUAREZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Eleven other victims ages 35 to 82 were being treated at Del Sol Medical Center, hospital spokesman Victor Guerrero said.

Residents quickly volunteered to give blood to the injured. President Donald Trump tweeted: “God be with you all!”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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