EL PASO, Texas (KETK) – The State of Texas will seek capital murder charges for the mass El Paso Walmart Shooter, according to KTSM.
As of Saturday night, 20 are reported dead and 26 wounded.
The FBI, state, and local officials will consider additional evidence to determine if the shooting is considered a possible hate crime. El Paso Police chief Greg Allen confirms the shooter left a manifesto behind, describing his intentions.
“Right now we have a manifesto from this individual that indicates to some degree he has a nexus to potential hate crime,” officials stated during the press conference.
During the press conference, officials gave their remarks on the terrible act that was committed and the work being done going forward.
NBC News and multiple law enforcement sources have identified the suspect as Patrick Crusius, 21, of Allen.
The suspect surrendered to approaching officers from El Paso Police.
Vehicles parked outside of the El Paso Walmart are not to be moved, police said.
In a tweet, the El Paso Police Department said, “Vehicles will remain in the parking lot for several days as they are part of the crime scene.”
At least two children are reported to be among the wounded. The victims range in age from 2 to 82.
Officials estimate that between 1,000 and 3,000 people were in the Walmart when the shooting began.
The Walmart is located near Cielo Vista Mall, one of the most popular shopping centers in the city.
KTSM, our sister station in El Paso, has confirmed through law enforcement that the photo below is the shooter that entered Walmart.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador confirmed that three of the 20 victims killed are Mexican citizens.
“I know El Paso, Texas is a very peaceful place. One of the most peaceful in the U.S. There is a lot of fraternal collaboration between El Paso and juarez,” Lopez Obrador said in a translated tweet. “I am sending help to all Mexican nationals who might need it.”
GRAPHIC: People take cover as the shooting takes place.
Walmart issued a statement about the shooting on Twitter.
President Donald Trump released a statement on Twitter Saturday afternoon pledging his support.
Governor Abbott issued a statement calling the shooting “a heinous and senseless act of violence.”
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, pledged full support of his office to federal, state, and local law enforcement.
Senator John Cornyn gave thanks to the brave officers and first responders in El Paso.
Senator Ted Cruz said he and his wife Heidi are praying for everyone in El Paso.
Former Congressman Beto O’Rourke, a Democratic presidential candidate and El Paso native, learned of the shooting while at a presidential forum in Las Vegas.
O’Rourke, who represented El Paso in Congress for six years, choked up as he spoke to the press.
“I am incredibly saddened,” O’Rourke said. “It is very hard to think about this.”
“But I’ll tell you,” he continued, “El Paso is the strongest place in the world. This community’s going to come together.”
He said there was “a lot of injury, a lot of suffering in El Paso right now,” and asked “for everyone’s strength for El Paso right now, everyone’s resolve to make sure that this does not continue to happen in this country.”
An active shooter situation has been reported inside a Walmart in the Cielo Vista Mall.
The complex is near Interstate 10 on El Paso’s East side. Officials are advising people to stay away from the area.
The FBA and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives responded to the scene to assist the El Paso Police Department.
Several businesses are on lockdown.
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