Evil in El Paso: Latest on Weekend’s Deadly Shooting

  • After suspected gunman Patrick Crusius drove hundreds of miles from Allen, TX, outside of Dallas, to El Paso, TX, to apparently target Hispanic immigrants, he unleashed a barrage of bullets from an assault rifle that left 20 dead and at least 26 injured at a Walmart that has led to much talk about and finger-pointing to racism, nationalism, and gun laws.
  • In the latest twist in the case, Mexico has threated to take legal action against the U.S. “for failing to protect its citizens” since at least nine Mexico nationals are among the dead.
  • The Mexican Foreign Ministry released a statement calling the El Paso attack a “terrorist act against innocent Mexicans,” and Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard vowed Mexico City will take action.
  • On a video posted on Twitter, Ebrard said: “The president has instructed me to ensure that Mexico’s indignation translates into … efficient, prompt, expeditious and forceful legal actions for Mexico to take a role and demand that conditions are established that protect … Mexicans in the United States.”
  • According to authorities, Crusius wrote a manifesto before the shooting where he used racist language against immigrants, complained about the growing Hispanic population and expressed support for other mass shooters like the Christchurch, New Zealand shooter. He also “pushed talking points about preserving European identity in America.”
  • Authorities have already declared that Crusius will face the death penalty, and El Paso District Attorney Jaime Esparza said: “He is eligible for the death penalty. We will seek the death penalty. The loss of life is so great we have never seen anything like this in our community.”
  • Authorities have deemed the attack an act of domestic terrorism, and the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Texas, John Bash, said: “We are also treating this as a domestic terrorism case. This meets it and appears to be designed to intimidate a civilian population, to say the least.”
  • Bash continued: “We’re treating it as a domestic terrorism case and we’re going to do what we do to terrorists in this country, which is to deliver swift and certain justice.”
  • Executing search warrants at his last known address, the FBI went to Crusius’ grandparents’ home in Allen to collect evidence where he stayed for a time before moving out about six weeks ago.
  • A family friend read a statement from the grandparents that read: “We are devastated by the events of El Paso and pray for the victims of this tragedy. Patrick Crusius is our grandson. He lived with us in our house in Allen, Texas while he attended junior college at Collin County College. He moved out six weeks ago and spent a few nights here while we were out of town.”
  • The statement continued: “His driver’s license and mailing address were at our house in Allen — that connection has made us the focus of media. We are talking only to law enforcement agencies and will not be making further statements to the media. We request the media to honor our privacy.”
  • With calls for stricter gun control from the left and the right criticizing the left for politicizing the attack, many politicians have spoken out over the weekend.
  • 2020 presidential candidate and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke whose hometown is El Paso and who represented the city as its representative slammed Trump, who Crusius allegedly supports, and the media.
  • O’Rourke said of Trump and the media: “What do you think? You know the shit he’s been saying. He’s been calling Mexican immigrants ‘rapists’ and ‘criminals.’ I don’t know, like, members of the press, what the f—?”
  • O’Rourke also said: “He’s [Trump’s] not tolerating racism, he’s promoting racism. He’s not tolerating violence, he’s inciting racism and violence in this country.”
  • Over the weekend, O’Rourke called Trump a white nationalist and doubled down on the statement: “He is a racist and he stokes racism in this country. It fundamentally changes the character of this country and it leads to violence.”

Reference Links

  • NBC: Mexico vows to take legal action against U.S. after El Paso massacre READ
  • Politico: Mexico angry over El Paso shooting READ
  • USA TODAY: Quiet Texas neighborhood stunned by connection to El Paso shooting suspect READ
  • CBS: Accused El Paso gunman’s grandparents “devastated” after mass shooting READ

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