20 killed, 26 hurt in Walmart mass shooting

Twenty people were killed and 26 others were injured when a man went on a shooting spree at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas on Saturday.

Police have taken into custody a 21-year-old man suspected to be behind the mass shooting that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott described as “one of the most deadly days in the history of Texas.”

Initial reports said that authorities have identified the gunman as Patrick Crusius from Allen, Texas, a Dallas suburb about 650 miles from El Paso.

El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen told reporters in a press briefing that a manifesto that may have come from the suspect indicated that what happened was a hate crime.

It was about 10:45 a.m. when police received reports that a man had gone on a shooting spree at the Walmart at Cielo Vista Mall.

Police said there were about 1,000 to 3,000 people who were in the mall when the shooting happened.

The mass shooting happened less than a week after a gunman killed three people, including two children, and wounded 15 others at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in northern California.

Photo courtesy: The El Paso Times

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