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Published On: Tue, Aug 6th, 2019

Patrick Crusius cased out El Paso Walmart ahead of mass shooting, Juan Valazquez identified as victim

The racist terrorist Patrick Crusius reportedly case out the El Paso Walmart ahead of the shooting, identifying Mexicans to kill ahead of his deadly return to open gunfire leaving 22 dead and over two dozen injured.

Police officials gave new details to ABC News, confirming the racist motivations of Crusius, 21, the man attempting to “kill as many Mexicans as he could,”

ABC reports that “Crusius cased the Walmart, going inside on Saturday without any weapons, apparently to size up the clientele inside the store, which is about 5 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border.”

Police have estimated a massive 1,000 to 3,000 were in the area as Crusius returned to his vehicle, arming himself, wearing protective ear muffs, safety glasses — all of this have been seen in surveillance videos.

Police officials said he allegedly started firing indiscriminately at victims before he even walked through the front door.

David Shimp, chief executive officer at Del Sol Medical Center in El Paso, said one patient died late Sunday night and another Monday morning.

The attack was about 10:39 a.m. local time on Saturday inside the Walmart, including children and parents drawn to a back-to-school sale.

Patrick Crusius

Juan Valazquez, 78, died Monday morning, confirmed by Alvaro Mena, his son.

Mena said his family is “devastated” by the loss of his father and are now afraid for their own lives after police said the suspect told investigators he was out to kill as many Mexicans as he could.

“We are afraid to go out,” Mena said. “We are afraid to go out into the streets because we feel like we are being hunted because of skin color.”

He told the outlet that his mother was also shot, remaining in the hospital, stable and recovering from her wounds.

Dr. Stephen Flaherty, director of trauma at Del Sol Medical Center, said the second patient who died was an elderly woman.

Both patients suffered “major and devastating” wounds that were consistent with high-velocity gunshots, he added.

“We are truly heartbroken to have to be here to report this,” said Flaherty, his voice cracking with emotion.

John Bash, the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas, said Sunday that federal authorities are investigating the incident as an act of “domestic terrorism,” meaning the suspect was allegedly intent on “coercing and intimidating a civilian population.”

 

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