El Paso Shooting Suspect Confessed and Said He Was Targeting Mexicans

Clay Curtis
August 12, 2019

Twenty minutes before the massacre, Crusius is said to have posted a white supremacist manifesto online saying the shooting was in response to an "invasion" of Hispanics coming across the southern border.

"These views were never expressed to the family".

In addition to the 22 people killed, more than 20 were wounded in the attack.

The attorneys told CNN that the suspect's mother was transferred to a public safety officer who said that, according to her description of the situation and his age, 21, her son was legally allowed to possess the weapon. Crusius said his targets were "Mexicans", the detective said, according to the Post.

Ayres claimed that the mother's inquiry was "informational" in nature and the call was not made because she believed he posed a threat to anyone.

Attorney Chris Ayres did not answer questions about how the weapon used in the attack was obtained.

The two incidents have prompted a national debate about gun laws, with Republicans indicating they may be open to tightening background checks on buyers.

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Allen police spokesman Sgt. Jon Felty told the AP that there was no record of the call and he wasn't aware of it. They then saw a man - identified as Patrick Crusius, the 21-year-old charged with capital murder in the case - get out of the auto with his hands in the air, the affidavit said. They called the attack an act of terrorism against their citizens on USA soil.

Family members of the victims gathered at funerals on either side of the border Friday to remember their loved ones.

"As a part of the greater El Paso area, we feel very connected to this close-knit community", said Ethan Linder, director of marketing for Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino. He has blamed President Donald Trump's rhetoric for spreading fear and hate, leading Trump to tweet that O'Rourke should "be quiet".

Crusius told investigators this was one reason why he chose El Paso, the sources said.

The White House could not immediately be reached for comment.

The shootings in Texas and OH were the 21st and 22nd mass killings of 2019 in the USA, according to the AP/USA Today/Northeastern University mass murder database that tracks homicides where four or more people killed - not including the offender.

"Let's see what we can do to stop this racism because it's not fair", Leopoldo Mendoza said.

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