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Suspected shooter in Texas massacre said he was targeting 'Mexicans'

12 August 2019

According to Garcia's affidavit, Crusius waived his right to an attorney and agreed to speak, telling police he traveled from Allen, Tex., a suburb of Dallas, with an assault rifle and multiple magazines.

Authorities have labeled the El Paso attack a hate crime and said the suspect in the shooting, Patrick Crusius, 21, posted a manifesto online railing against immigrants.

During the call, the mother was transferred to a public safety officer who told her that - based on her description of the situation - her son, 21, was legally allowed to purchase the weapon, the attorneys said.

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.

It has a population of 680,000, of which 83 per cent are of Hispanic descent. "Our organization has long enjoyed a wonderful following from the people of El Paso, and our wish is that so many others in Texas and around the country will be inspired to assist the loved ones who are grieving".

Chris Ayres and R. Jack Ayres, the lawyers representing the family of alleged shooter Patrick Crusius, said his mother contacted police because she was anxious about her son owning the weapon given his age, maturity level and lack of experience handling such a firearm.

Hours after the attack in El Paso, a gunman killed nine people and wounded many others in Dayton, Ohio.

The Allen Police Department, in a statement, confirmed that on June 27, 2019, at approximately 11:15 a.m., a call came into the main line of the police department.

A Honda Accord that police say belongs to the suspect in the El Paso mass shooting. He claimed to be "defending" the United States "from cultural and ethnic replacement" and referenced the Christchurch shootings in New Zealand, where a white supremacist killed 51 people at two mosques in March.

However, as reported by CNN, his mother did reach out to law enforcement weeks ahead of the mass shooting concerned about his possession of an "AK-type" weapon, though family lawyers said she did so exclusively on an "informational" basis.

Ayres did not answer questions about how the weapon used in the attack was obtained, but he said that Crusius 'occasionally shot guns, as many do, with his dad'.

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke, a former congressman from El Paso, spoke to the crowd.

The document parrots some of President Donald Trump's divisive rhetoric about immigration, but the writer said his views predate the Republican's rise and that any attempt to blame the president for his actions was "fake news".

Suspected shooter in Texas massacre said he was targeting 'Mexicans'