As many as 20 people were killed and 26 people injured after a white man armed with rifle went on a shooting spree at Walmart in El Paso’s Cielo Vista Mall area not far from the Mexican border on Saturday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, said.
A 21-year-old suspect Patrick Crusius from Allen, Texas, a suburb near Dallas, was arrested without incident and is in police custody, Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick told Fox News.
The shooting began around 10.45 am local time, police said, adding people were warned to avoid the area of Hawkins and Gateway East boulevards.
When the first shots rang, shoppers thought someone was bursting crackers outside. They started running for cover after seeing people falling or lying motionless on the floor.
A woman, who survived the attack, described one shooter as a
fairly tall and thin man wearing cargo pants and a black T-shirt and carrying a
The man was quietly shooting randomly outside Walmart before going in as if he was on a mission, she said.
Basset Place mall located near Walmart was also evacuated.
While the motive for the mass shooting is not clear, police are examining a manifesto left by the suspect which shows his support for the Christchurch mosque shooter in New Zealand.
In it, he says the attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas.
Cielo Vista mall is particularly popular among tourists from Mexico. El Paso is situated near the Mexican border.
In a tweet, Trump expressed his shock over so many people killed. The Walmart massacre comes days after three people were shot and killed at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in California.