During the late morning on Saturday, a gunman entered a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, and opened fire. Reports state that 19 people were killed and an additional 40 were injured during the shooting. Now, the suspected shooter is in custody. Police have “ruled out” multiple shooters, and state that there are no outstanding suspects.
Law enforcement, according to a report by the Daily Beast, has identified 21-year-old Patrick Crusius as a suspect. Crusius, who is believed to be from Allen, Texas, just outside of the Dallas area, is in custody.
Surveillance cameras recorded the moment the gunman came inside the Walmart.
An eyewitness said that a white male in his 20s was carrying a rifle and opened fire in front of the Walmart’s entrance at approximately 11:00 am. They stated that the gunman shot one person point-blank.
Another witness said that the gunman proceeded “aisle by aisle,” opening fire as he reached each one.
A copy of a manifesto that may have been written by Crusius was posted on 8chan this morning. The FBI, according to tweets about the manifesto, were investigating to determine if the post was made by Crusius.
The manifesto was anti-immigrant and is said to be four pages long. Some of the details reportedly match up to various details from the Walmart shooting, including the weapon that was used.
“In general, I support the Christchurch shooter and his manifesto. This attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas. They are the instigators, not me. I am simply defending my country from cultural and ethnic replacement brought on by an invasion,” said a portion of the manifesto.
Crusius’ LinkedIn page, which has since been taken down, said that he had attended Plano High School.
In the About section, Crusius wrote, “I’m not really motivated to do anything more than what’s necessary to get by.”
Crusius’ Facebook page, which only contained a profile photo and no other posts, as well as a Twitter account that may have belonged to him were also deleted after the shooting.
It is not clear if Crusius had any ties to the El Paso area.
Crusius’ family had not yet commented on the shooting or Crusius being identified as a suspect.