Two back-to-back attacks by gunmen in the US highlight the plight of the American people who experience senseless violence at the hands of any psychopath in a country where hundreds of millions of firearms are in the hands of citizens.
A few hours after the massacre in El Paso, another deadly tragedy occurred, this time in Dayton, Ohio.
The gunman opened fire, with US media first reporting at least 7 dead and 24 injured.
The perpetrator appears to be among those killed, while authorities are investigating the possibility of a second perpetrator allegedly fleeing the scene in a dark jeep, according to Dayton Daily News.
Police have called an “armed” bar on East 5th Street.
According to first reports, many people are said to have been injured by gunfire, while strong police forces are on the scene.
Earlier, shootings at El Paso
A young man dealt out death in a department store in El Paso, Texas, when he opened fire and killed twenty people who had been unsuspectingly doing their shopping, before being arrested.
The man who started shooting yesterday morning outside a Walmart department store, which is frequeented by many members of the El Paso Latino community, injured another 26 people, many of whom were in critical condition Saturday night.
According to police, the 21-year-old white gunman had written a “manifesto” that made it clear it was a “hate crime”.
In the US, this designation refers to crimes involving victims who are targeted because of characteristics such as race, religion, or sexual orientation.
President Donald Trump responded to the shooting in a statement on Twitter.
“Terrible shootings in ElPaso, Texas. Reports are very bad, many killed. Working with State and Local authorities, and Law Enforcement. Spoke to Governor to pledge total support of Federal Government. God be with you all!” Trump wrote.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott released a statement confirming that state troopers, Texas rangers, special agents, tactical teams and aircraft have been sent to the scene. Abbott promised that Texas will work “to ensure that justice is delivered to the perpetrators of this heinous act.”
“Our hearts go out to the victims of this horrific shooting and to the entire community in this time of loss,” Abbott said. “While no words can provide the solace needed for those impacted by this event, I ask that all Texans join Cecilia and me in offering our prayers for the victims and their families.”
El Paso Mayor Dee Margo called the situation an “absolute tragedy” in an interview with local TV station KTSM. “It’s a very tragic situation, it’s not something El Paso would expect.” Margo said
Even before Abbott uttered these words, hundreds of residents on the US border with Mexico responded to the call of the police and went to donate blood to the wounded, who were taken to various hospitals.
“We have eleven victims between the ages of 35 and 82 in our hospital,” said David Simb, director of the Del Sol Medical Center. “Nine are in critical condition, three of which are between life and death,” he told CNN.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel Lopes Obrador informed that three of his countrymen were among the dead in El Paso and expressed his condolences to all the victims of the attack. He recalled that the city where the massacre took place is opposite Ciudad Juarez, one of the gathering points for immigrants trying to cross the US territory, and referred to a “brotherly coexistence” between “those living in Ciudad Juarez” .
Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said six civilians were injured in the attack, including a 10-year-old girl.
People were “falling down”
The suspect is Patrick Crusius, 21, officials said. He is from Allen, Texas, a Dallas suburb about 650 miles from El Paso.
El Paso police said that he was taken into custody “without incident,” describing him as a white man.
In a shot from a closed-circuit surveillance camera uploaded on the internet by the KTSM television station, the young man is pictured moving to the department store with a rifle in his hands and ears covered with shooting range earplugs.