Reports & ‘8chan manifesto’ identify El Paso shooter as Hispanic-hating, Christchurch-inspired 21yo
As many as 20 people have died after a man armed with an AK-style rifle stormed a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. A white male, who is believed to be the only gunman, is in custody. An alleged manifesto of the shooter has emerged.
The suspect has been reportedly identified as 21-year-old Patrick Crusius, though police have not officially released his name yet.
A law enforcement official in El Paso told me the Walmart shooter is in custody. Patrick Crusius of Dallas. Just turned 21 years old this week. pic.twitter.com/CEJh6rYij1— Anna Giaritelli (@Anna_Giaritelli) August 3, 2019
Shooter used AK-style rifle
A still from a CCTV camera has emerged online showing a suspect entering the Walmart wielding an AK-style rifle, which media reports have referred to as an “AK-47.” Police have not confirmed the exact make of the weapon, though it appears to be a civilian semi-automatic variant of the assault rifle.
Confirmed Photo of the shooter as he entered the Cielo Vista Walmart store. #EPShootinghttps://t.co/wfXkVy7a3ypic.twitter.com/TWVZwQXIyl— KTSM 9 News (@KTSMtv) August 3, 2019
The man is seen sporting military-style cargo pants, a black T-shirt, and shooting ear protection.
Multiple victims dead, scores injured
Police have confirmed that 26 people were injured in the shooting in addition to the 20 who have died. At least 22 people were taken to two Texas hospitals in the wake of the attack, including two children.
Graphic footage from the scene emerged online showing at least four bodies outside and inside the Walmart.
Raw Video of Kids Hiding from El Paso Active Shooter pic.twitter.com/2pgxGjFHN8— @WADIBIG (@wadibig) August 3, 2019
Alleged manifesto: Anti-Hispanic, mentions Christchurch shooting
Ahead of the massacre, the suspected shooter allegedly posted a four-page manifesto online on the notorious image board, 8chan. The document, which has emerged on social media and is currently being studied by the FBI, was apparently influenced by the manifesto of the Christchurch mosque shooter, who massacred over 50 people in New Zealand in March.
The author of the alleged manifesto calls the attack on the Walmart a “response to [the] Hispanic invasion of Texas” and expresses extreme-right views, voicing his support for the Christchurch shooter.
Police Chief Greg Allen mentioned the "manifesto" during a press conference, adding that the attack might have a “nexus” to hate crime. He said, however, that the police are still looking into whether the document was indeed penned by the shooter.Also on rt.com Multiple fatalities, 1 in custody after Walmart shooting in El Paso, Texas (VIDEOS)
Meanwhile, a relative of a witness to the shooting told KTSM-TV that the gunman was raving about “gamer revolution” – a reference to an obscure online meme – during the rampage. The “witness” account, however, turned out to be a dark prank by an unknown joker, and it remains unclear if the attacker actually made any statement during the rampage.
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