El Paso shooting: Prosecutors to seek death penalty for 'domestic terrorism'
What we know:
- 20 people were killed and dozens were injured in a shooting near shopping mall in El Paso.
- The white male suspect has been identified as Patrick Crusius. He was taken into custody without incident.
- At least 22 people hospitalized, including one who died; 9 in critical but stable condition; one patient is 4 months old.
- Prosecutors are pursuing a civil rights hate crime investigation and domestic terrorism charges.
Prosecutors in El Paso, Texas, will seek the death penalty for the man suspected of killing 20 people and injuring more than two dozen others. U.S. Attorney John Bash said they will pursue a criminal investigation, a civil rights hate crime investigation and "domestic terrorism" charges against the suspect, who was identified as 21-year-old Patrick Crusius.
El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen said Crusius purchased his weapon legally and said police were beginning to remove bodies from the scene on Sunday.
In the hours following the attack, there was another mass shooting across the country in Dayton, Ohio. Police said nine people were killed by a gunman who was shot to death by responding officers.
Officials have referenced a document allegedly left behind by Crusius, and said the shooting may have a "nexus" to a hate crime. The writer of the document denounces the increasing Hispanic population of Texas and gives that as a reason for his actions.
Many of the victims in El Paso were shot at a Walmart. The shopping area is about 5 miles from the main border checkpoint with Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.
"The scene was a horrific one," said Allen, adding that many of the 26 people who were hurt had life-threatening injuries.
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