It’s only been six days since the last mass shooting took place that killed three and injured 12, but, sadly, there has been another shooting. An active shooter is being reported in an El Paso, Texas Walmart. NBC News has reported multiple dead and at least 10 with serious injuries. These shootings have started to become the norm — not the exception.
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At around noon, the El Paso Police Department indicated “reports of multiple shooters” at a shopping mall. In a series of Tweets, the department urged people to stay away from the area near the Cielo Vista Mall. Nearby businesses were also placed on lockdown as a precautionary measure.
Ryan Mielke, a spokesperson for the University Medical Center of El Paso, confirmed reports of victims being taken to nearby hospitals. Miekle added at least 10 victims were transported as “level one,” which is the most critical condition.
According to CNN, Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-Texas was speaking about 15 miles from the shooting area and ended a town hall meeting prematurely by stating in a Facebook live video: “You all, I am so sorry,” she said. “There is an active shooter. We are going to need to clear the event.”
The crowd in attendance can be heard audibly gasping as the crowd believes the shooter is in the town hall meeting. “Oh, it’s at Cielo Vista,” Escobar quickly clarified and apologized.“We’ve been asked by law enforcement to just send everybody home.”
Along with the El Paso Police Department responding to the shooting, the FBI has also been called to the scene. Many of the 2020 Democratic candidates tweeted about the shooting.
Beto O’Rourke, who was born in El Paso, tweeted and urged residents to steer clear. “Truly heartbreaking,” he tweeted. “Please follow all directions of emergency personnel as we continue to get more updates.”
New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, who is also running for President, spoke to reports in Las Vegas. “I just want to say we are in this unimaginably just distraught moment in this country where we seem to be almost accepting this idea that these are going to be a regular occurrence,” Booker said. “And so I have had enough of this, especially living in a community where gunshots are all too regular.”
It was reported that one of the shooters was in custody but that has yet to be substantiated. This story is still developing.