Suspected El Paso Shooter Told Police He Was Targeting 'Mexicans'

Youths comfort each other at the funeral of elementary school principal Elsa Mendoza of one of the 22 people killed in a shooting at a Walmart in El Paso in Ciudad Juarez Mexico Thursday Aug. 8 2019. Mexican officials have said eight of the people

Federal officials say they are considering hate crime charges against Mr Crusius, who could face the death penalty if found guilty of the mass murder.

Crusius told investigators this was one reason why he chose El Paso, the sources said. (AP) Multiple people were killed and injured and at least one person was in custody after a shooting rampage at a shopping mall, police in the Texas border town of El Paso said.

El Paso is about a nine-hour drive from Allen, where Crusius lived, and he apparently deliberately selected the city because of its heavily Hispanic population.

Many El Paso residents, protesters and Democrats have blasted Trump over his incendiary words, blaming the president for inflaming political and racial tensions throughout the country.

The suspected gunman has reportedly waived his right to an attorney and is freely sharing his confession with police.

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People join hands and pray during the Hope Border Institute prayer vigil in El Paso, Texas, a day after a mass shooting at a Walmart store.

O'Rourke, who is from El Paso, has blamed President Donald Trump's rhetoric for spreading fear and hate, leading Trump to tweet that O'Rourke should "be quiet".

The suspect told police he drove 10 hours from a suburb of Dallas to target "Mexicans".

Crusius's relatives have decried "the destruction Patrick did" and condemned the ideas described in the online statement. The dual shootings, which killed 31 people in all and wounded dozens more, reignited calls for Congress to take immediate action to reduce gun violence. The bureau also said this week it is investigating the Dayton shooter after learning he was interested in "violent ideologies" and, separately, announced that it had opened a domestic terrorism investigation into a July 28 mass shooting at a food festival in Gilroy, California.

Crusius claimed he targeted El Paso because, in part, he wanted distance between target and his hometown on the other side of Texas, three sources with knowledge of the investigation told CNN.

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