At least 20 people have been killed and at least 26 others, including a four-month-old baby, were wounded after a gunman opened fire inside an El Paso Walmart Saturday.
One suspect is in custody. He has been identified in press reports as Patrick Crusius, a 21-year-old man from Allen, Texas, just outside of Dallas.
Crusius is allegedly the man seen in surveillance footage walking in through the front entrance of the Walmart with an AK-47 assault rifle.
The gunman is seen wearing what appears to be either headphones or ear defenders.
A second person was also taken into custody at the scene, however law enforcement have yet to confirm what role, if any, the person played in the shooting, NBC News reported.
Law enforcement sources told The Washington Examiner that Crusius ‘shot and killed locals that were fundraising outside the Walmart selling water. Children and adults.’
In a press conference, El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen confirmed the suspect to be a 21-year-old from Allen, but declined to confirm his name.
Gregg added that law enforcement were in possession of a manifesto written by the suspect, which provided a detailed motive for the massacre.
Copies of the document had been shared on social media hours earlier, in which Crusius cited a ‘Hispanic invasion of Texas’ as his inspiration for the shooting.
Crusius family home in Dallas is some 650 miles – or a nine hour drive – from the scene of the shooting in El Paso, a southern Texas city with a large Hispanic population.
The gunman surrendered his weapon when approached by law enforcement and was taken into custody ‘without incident’. Officers didn’t fire any shorts during the arrest, officials said.
Currently, prosecutors say they’re seeking capital murder charges against the suspect, but may also proceed with hate crime or domestic terrorism charges pending the outcome of an FBI investigation into the ‘anti-immigrant’ manifesto.