Numerous reports are coming in of an active shooter either at, or near, a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas. Initial info is that eighteen (18) people are shot so far. Police responding . . . UPDATE 5:42 PM EDT -- Now 19 DEAD and 40 Injured . . . . UPDATE 9:48 PM EDT -- NOW 20 DEAD, 26 INJURED.
UPDATE 2:28 PM EDT -- Shooter described as "Hispanic" using "AR-style rifle and wearing a combat helmet"
Now, possible multiple shooters.
UPDATE 2:35 PM EDT -- 1 in custody after shooting at Walmart in El Paso, Texas leaves at least 1 dead and 18 injured.
Now saying 18 dead 4 children
UPDATE 3:01 PM EDT -- Walmart at the Cielo Vista Mall.
UPDATE 4:45 PM EDT --
Alleged Shooter identified as 21 year old Patrick Crusius; under arrest:
Patrick Crusius was identified as the suspect in the shooting at Walmart near Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, Texas by the Washington Examiner. Crusius, 21, is from the Dallas/Fort Worth area and is currently in police custody.
NBC News reports there were at least 19 people killed in the August 3 shooting with a further 40 injured. The exact number of injuries and deceased victims has not been officially confirmed.
Police scanner traffic from the area suggested that Crusius was taken into custody at around noon local time. The shooting began at around 10 a.m., officials said. The FBI and ATF had responded to the scene, alongside the El Paso Police Department.
Statements from government officials quickly poured in on Twitter following the attack.
“In El Paso, the Texas Dept. of Public Safety is assisting local law enforcement & federal authorities to bring this tragedy to the swiftest & safest possible conclusion,” Texas Governor Greg Abbott wrote. “We thank all First Responders for their courageous response & urge all area residents to remain safe.”
Beto O’Rourke also wrote about the shooting on Twitter.
“Truly heartbreaking. Stay safe, El Paso,” he wrote. “Please follow all directions of emergency personnel as we continue to get more updates.”
UPDATE 9:48 PM EDT-- Now twenty (20) Dead; 26 Injured.