El Paso suspect told police he was targeting Mexicans, affidavit says

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:


  • The El Paso shooting suspect who killed 22 people at a Walmart store told police that his targets were Mexicans, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by CNN.
  • According to investigators, the suspect wrote a hate-filled document about immigrants and Latinos, stating he wanted to stop a “Hispanic invasion” of Texas.
  • Crusius wrote that he opposes “race-mixing” and encourages immigrants to return to the countries where they come from.



The El Paso shooting suspect who killed 22 people at a Walmart store told police that his targets were Mexicans, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by CNN.

In the affidavit, suspect Patrick Crusius told El Paso Police Detective Adrian Garcia, “I’m the shooter.”
The 21-year-old allegedly told Garcia that his target was Mexicans, according to the affidavit which was first reported by The Washington Post.
Besides fatally shooting 22 people, Crusius also injured 24 others in the shooting rampage on Saturday, police said. The suspect was arrested on the same day, surrendering to a police officer at an intersection just north of the crime scene.
He was charged with capital murder in the shooting and is being held without bond.
In a previous report, police said that the shooting appeared to be a hate crime. According to investigators, the suspect wrote a hate-filled document about immigrants and Latinos, stating he wanted to stop a “Hispanic invasion” of Texas.
The hostile document was posted on 8chan, an online messaging board which has been accused of creating a safe space for far-right mass shooters, according to The Wall Street Journal. The document was published about 20 minutes before the shooting, police said. Crusius wrote that he opposes “race-mixing” and encourages immigrants to return to the countries where they come from.
Federal authorities have said they’re treating the shooting as a case of domestic terrorism, CNN said. The El Paso incident was one of the 10 deadliest shooting in modern US history and one of at least three mass shootings in a week.
The suspect claimed he singled out El Paso because, in part, he wanted distance between the target and his hometown on the other side of Texas, three sources with knowledge of the investigation told CNN.
Sources said Crusius believed that if he committed the attack near his home in a suburb of Dallas, his family and acquaintances would have known that he did it, the sources said.
Source: CNN
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