A gunman armed with a rifle killed 20 people and injured more than two dozen on Saturday when he opened fire on shoppers at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, United States.
The suspect, who was captured on surveillance video entering the Walmart has been identified as 21-year-old Patrick Crusius, sources said.
Announcing the death toll at a press conference, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said it was one of the deadliest days in Texas history.
Many news reports said the ages of victims being treated at hospitals ranged from two to 82 years.
According to the police, Walmart was ‘at capacity’ at the time of the shooting, with 1000-3000 customers inside.
President Donald Trump took to his twitter account and said, “Today’s shooting in El Paso, Texas was not only tragic, it was an act of cowardice. I know that I stand with everyone in this Country to condemn today’s hateful act. There are no reasons or excuses that will ever justify killing innocent people….”
EL Paso Police Dept in a tweet said, “Scene is still Active. We have multi reports of multiple shooters. Please avoid area police conducting search of a very large area. Media staging will be given when area is secure.
The rampage came just six days after a teenage gunman killed three people at a food festival in Northern California.