20 Killed and 26 Injured in Texas Mass Shooting, Suspect in Custody

August 3, 2019 Updated: August 5, 2019

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and El Paso police say 20 people have been killed and 26 others wounded in a shooting at an El Paso shopping center.

Law enforcement officials have said a 21-year-old Dallas-area man named Patrick Crusius is in custody in the shooting. The officials were not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Police say most of the victims of Saturday’s attack appear to have been at a Walmart near the Cielo Vista Mall.

“This is just a tragedy that I’m having a hard time getting my arms around,” El Paso Mayor Dee Margo told CNN. Speaking at an event for Democratic presidential candidates in Las Vegas, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who represented a district that included El Paso, said the shooting shatters “any illusion that we have that progress is inevitable” on tackling gun violence.

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

WalMart said in a statement: “We’re in shock over the tragic events at Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, where store 2201 & club 6502 are located. We’re praying for the victims, the community & our associates, as well as the first responders. We’re working closely with law enforcement & will update as appropriate.”

Multiple law enforcement agencies raced to the scene, including police, state troopers, Homeland Security agents and border patrol.

One witness said he saw at least one person inside the store with a fatal head wound, and he saw shoppers in bloodied clothes.

Other stores at the nearby mall were also locked down as police officers cleared the shopping center in the east of the city, which lies on the southern U.S. border with Mexico.

Video posted on Twitter showed customers at one department store being evacuated with their hands up.

“Hands in the air!” an officer can be heard shouting in the footage.

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

Mall

According to the Simon Property Group, which owns the Cielo Vista Mall, it is El Paso’s “main shopping destination” and is located at 8401 Gateway Blvd Way on the East Side of the city.

“It serves the nearby communities of Socorro, Fabens, Ft. Bliss and the International City of Juarez, Mexico,” the company stated.

Stores inside include Dillard’s, an Apple Store, Sephora, Forever 21, and H&M.

Reuters and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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