el paso shooting
August 9, 2019

The suspect in the El Paso mass shooting confessed and told authorities he targeted Mexicans in the attack, police say.

In an arrest warrant affidavit reported on by The Associated Press on Friday, El Paso Detective Adrian Garcia said that 21-year-old Patrick Crusius told police officers that "I'm the shooter" after being stopped following the attack, which left 22 people dead and another 24 injured. Garcia also said in the affidavit that Crusius told detectives that he targeted Mexicans.

Authorities had previously believed Crusius to have written a racist manifesto prior to the shooting, in which he wrote about a "Hispanic invasion of Texas." The shooting is currently being treated as a domestic terrorism case. Brendan Morrow

August 9, 2019

The mother of the El Paso shooting suspect called police in the weeks before the attack concerned that her son couldn't handle possessing an AK-style weapon, CNN and The New York Times report.

The mother of 21-year-old Patrick Crusius made this phone call to authorities before last weekend's mass shooting that left more than 20 people dead because she was "worried about her son owning the weapon given his age, maturity level and lack of experience handling such a firearm," CNN reports, with police now having confirmed the call.

Sergeant Jon Felty spoke about this call to The Associated Press, saying that the suspect's mother was concerned "for the safety of her son" because she worried he was too "emotionally immature" to handle the weapon he recently purchased legally. A lawyer for the family told the Times that she did not voice any concerns that he was a threat and did not give her name or her son's name on the call. CNN reports police received this call on June 27, just over one month prior to the attack on Aug. 3.

Authorities are currently treating the El Paso shooting as a domestic terrorism case, NBC News reports, with Crusius believed to have written a racist manifesto about a "Hispanic invasion of Texas." In the weeks before the shooting, the Times reports, he had moved out of his grandparents' home, and CNN on Friday reported that he told investigators he targeted El Paso because it would have been "wrong" to attack his hometown of Allen, Texas.

Crusius' family in a statement via the Times said that "there will never be a moment for the rest of our lives when we will forget each and every victim of this senseless tragedy." Brendan Morrow

August 6, 2019

El Paso Mayor Dee Margo (R) announced Monday that President Trump will visit the city on Wednesday, four days after a 21-year-old gunman from an affluent Dallas suburb drove 10 hours to a local Walmart and murdered at least 22 people in what federal prosecutors are calling domestic terrorism with apparent anti-Latino motives. "I want to clarify for the political spin that this is the office of the mayor of El Paso in an official capacity welcoming the office of the president of the United States," Margo said, adding that he's already "getting the emails and the phone calls" from unhappy residents. Trump is also expected to visit Dayton, Ohio, where a gunman killed nine people early Sunday.

Rep. Veronica Escobar (D), whose district includes much of El Paso, told NBC's Morning Joe on Monday that as far as she's concerned, Trump "is not welcome here. ... Words have consequences. The president has made my community and my people the enemy." Escobar's predecessor, 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke, also said Trump "has no place here."

Trump held a rally in El Paso in February — the city manager's office said Monday that Trump's campaign still owes the city $569,204.63 in police and public safety costs — and many residents said they were unhappy to see him return. "We were safe until he started talking," John Smith-Davis, 47, a retired Army veteran, told the Los Angeles Times. "He made us a target with his hateful rhetoric."

"It's offensive just because most of us here are Hispanic" Isel Velasco, 25, told The Associated Press. "It's not like he's going to help or do anything about it." Longtime El Paso resident Jaime Abeytia mostly agreed. "Unless he's coming with some solid policy changes that directly address the available of high-capacity weapons — and not use the opportunity to propose more draconian immigration policy — I'm not interested in a Trump visit." Peter Weber

August 4, 2019

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. Tim O'Donnell

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