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  • El Paso, TX, Dayton, OH Shootings — What We Know

    This column has been updated.

    Surge Summary: An El Paso, TX Wal-Mart/Shopping Mall shooting results in at least twenty fatalities and twenty-six wounded. Shooter is in police custody.  A shooting in Dayton, OH leaves nine dead and dozens wounded, as well. 

    A gunman opened fire on an El Paso, TX Wal-Mart and nearby shopping mall Saturday morning, killing twenty people and injuring another twenty-six.

    A twenty-one-year-old suspect was apprehended (he will remain unnamed here on Daily Surge). The purported shooter was a Dallas-area resident (Allen, TX). He surrendered to police and was arrested near the shopping area entrance. He had only one firearm.

    Multiple senior law enforcement officials believe [the accused] posted a screed online just prior to the attack. They say investigators are examining a posting they suspect is from him but that they have not officially confirmed it.

    It appears the document, with no mention of the location of the attack, was posted on an extremist website at 10:12 Saturday morning, El Paso time, according to law enforcement sources. Police say the first 911 call alerting them to the shooting at the Walmart was made 27 minutes later ― not enough time to act. [NBCnews.com/Andrew Blankstein and Minyvonne Burke]

    The Cielo Vista Mall is close to the border and a popular spot for shoppers from both sides of the divide. The incident was reported at 10:39 a.m., and law enforcement arrived on-scene six minutes later.

    NBCnews.com reports:

    What we know so far:

    • The shooting took place in a Walmart and around the nearby Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso.
    • Police received their first calls on the incident at 10:39 a.m.
    • 20 people were killed and 26 injured.
    • Police put out an urgent call for blood donations in light of the high number of injuries.
    • One male suspect is in custody.

    In delivering an updated number of deceased, Gov. Greg Abbott called it “one of the most deadly days in the history of Texas.”

    “Twenty innocent people from El Paso have lost their lives,” he said.

    El Paso police Chief Gregory K. Allen claimed there appeared to be a hate-crime “nexus” to the violence, although FBI special agent in charge of the El Paso office, Emmerson Buie, said it was too early to make that determination.

    Some children were reportedly among the casualties along with six Mexican nationals. At least three Mexican nationals were alleged fatalities. (El Paso Times)

    “I regret the events in El Paso, Texas, neighboring town and brother of Ciudad Juarez and our nation,” Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said in a tweeted video. “I send my condolences to the families of the victims, both American and Mexican.”

    President Trump also registered his condolences via Twitter:

     

    Meanwhile, the Associated Press reports in the Oregon district of Dayton, OH, a popular nightlife area, another shooter has killed nine individuals and left twenty-six wounded. The attack occurred around 1 AM and the perpetrator is currently unidentified by authorities. He was shot and killed. Motive is not yet known.

    Prayers solicited for all the injured and for the families of victims in both these shooting rampages.

    Sources: NBCnews.com; elpasotimes.com; https://www.aol.com/article/news/2019/08/04/9-killed-in-ohio-in-second-mass-shooting-within-24-hours/23786789/

    Image: Screen Shot: CBS Evening News; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvKsYAqf78w


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