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El Paso shooting is 'domestic terrorism,' U.S. attorney says

Federal officials are not avoiding any terms this time.

John F. Bash, the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Texas, said he has been in "close consultation" with U.S. Attorney General William Barr regarding the mass shooting in El Paso on Saturday that resulted in 20 deaths. Bash said they are treating the case as "domestic terrorism" and that prosecutors plan on delivering "swift and certain" justice.

Police believe the suspect in the shooting, a 21-year-old white male named Patrick Crusius, posted an anti-immigrant manifesto online describing an attack in El Paso in response to "the Hispanic invasion of Texas." The origin of the manifesto is still being investigated, but it has also led Bash to "seriously" consider bringing hate crime charges in the case because of the alleged racial motivation. Those charges could carry the death penalty. Read more at The Washington Post.