Latest On The El Paso Shooting: Death Toll Is Now 22 | KERA News

Latest On The El Paso Shooting: Death Toll Is Now 22

4 hours ago

Authorities say two more people have died from the weekend mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, raising the death toll in that attack to 22. 

Dr. Stephen Flaherty, of the Del Sol Medical Center, said at a news conference that the 22nd patient was a victim of Saturday’s attack and died at the hospital. Police tweeted that that patient died just after 10 a.m. Monday.

More than two dozen people were injured in the attack.

The victims

Dr. Flaherty said that gunshot wounds of the patients treated at the Del Sol Medical Center have been "devastating and major."

He said one patient who died at the hospital had major internal abdominal injuries affecting the liver, kidneys and intestines. That patient also received a "massive blood transfusion," Flaherty said.

The hospital didn't release the names or ages of the two patients who died Monday, but hospital officials described one as an elderly woman.

Another patient remained in critical condition at the hospital and five others were in stable condition, two days after the Saturday attack in which more than two dozen people were wounded. Victims were also treated at other El Paso hospitals.

Police still haven't released a list of the victims of the attack, which happened hours before a separate mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, that claimed nine lives.

The number of victims who were Mexican citizens has been raised to eight.

MORE ABOUT THE VICTIMS | Here's what we know about some of the El Paso shooting victims, including the names and cities of the Mexican citizens

President Trump

President Donald Trump on Monday condemned the weekend shootings in both Texas and Ohio as barbaric crimes "against all humanity" and called for bipartisan cooperation to respond to an epidemic of gun violence.

He blamed mental illness and video games but made no mention of more limits on sales of firearms.

Trump said he wanted legislation providing "strong background checks" for gun users, though he has reneged on previous promises after mass attacks. He offered few details.

"We vow to act with urgent resolve," Trump said, speaking from the White House about shootings that left 31 dead as the count rose on Monday.

His scripted remarks came after two days of muted response to the shootings, and included a solitary denunciation of white supremacy, which he has been reluctant to criticize.

"In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy," Trump said, adding that he had directed the FBI to examine steps to identify and address domestic terrorism. "These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America," he said.

Trump suggested earlier Monday on Twitter that a background check bill could be paired with his long-sought effort to toughen the nation's immigration system. But he didn't say how or why he was connecting the issues. Both shooting suspects were U.S. citizens, and federal officials are investigating anti-immigrant bias as a potential motive for the El Paso, Texas, massacre.

He did not elaborate on that proposal during his 10-minute address from the Diplomatic Reception Room. But Trump has frequently sought to tie his immigration priorities — a border wall and transforming the legal immigration system to one that prioritizes merit over familial ties — to legislation around which he perceives momentum to be building.

MORE | Read more about what Trump said during his address Monday

Democrats' response to Trump

If President Donald Trump is serious about strengthening gun laws in the wake of two mass shootings, he should demand that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell put a House-passed bill strengthening background checks up for a vote, congressional Democrats said Monday.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said the Senate GOP leader is blocking gun safety reforms that more than 90% of Americans support. He tweeted that McConnell, R-Ky., should "gavel the Senate into emergency session to take immediate action" on the House-passed bill, which would require federal background checks for all firearms sales and transfers, including those sold online or at gun shows. Another bill allows an expanded 10-day review for gun purchases.

The House approved the bills in February but they have not come up for consideration in the Republican-controlled Senate.

The shooting suspect

The grandparents of the 21-year-old man suspected of killing 20 people at an El Paso Walmart say they are "devastated" and are praying for the victims.

KDFW reports a family friend read a statement from Larry and Cynthia Brown, grandparents of Patrick Crusius, on Sunday outside the couple's home in Allen.

The Browns say Crusius lived at their home while he attended Collin College in nearby McKinney. They say that while his driver's license shows the Allen residence, Crusius moved out of the home six weeks ago.

KDFW also reports officers from the FBI and other law enforcement agencies have been at the Browns' home since the shooting.

Allen is more than 600 miles from where Saturday's rampage occurred. More than two dozen people were also injured.

The FBI says the gunman didn't have any contacts in El Paso.

The city of El Paso issued a local disaster declaration following a shooting that left at least 20 dead and more than two dozen injured.

The declaration by Mayor Dee Margo allows for state financial assistance and activates the city's emergency management plan.

Margo issued the declaration on Sunday, one day after a gunman opened fire at a crowded shopping area.

Margo says the El Paso community is resilient and will not be defined by the rampage.

President Donald Trump has denounced two mass shootings in Ohio and Texas, saying "hate has no place in our country."

Addressing reporters in Morristown, New Jersey, Trump said Sunday that "we're going to take care" of the problem. The president says he's been speaking to the attorney general, FBI director and members of Congress, and will be making an additional statement Monday.

FBI agents have executed search warrants at three homes in the Dallas-Fort Worth area where suspected El Paso gunman Patrick Wood Crusius had stayed.

An agency spokeswoman, Melinda Urbina, declined to give more details on the locations.

One of them was the home of his grandparents in Allen, where authorities shut down streets following the shooting.

Allen, located 20 miles north of Dallas in Collin County, is an affluent community of about 100,000.

Allen police say they had few past interactions with 21-year-old Patrick Wood Crusius.

Authorities in Allen released a statement Sunday saying their contact with Crusius "can be described as limited at best."

Crusius has been booked on capital murder charges nearly 600 miles away in El Paso. At least 20 people were killed and more than two dozen injured when a gunman opened fire at a shopping area in the Texas border city Saturday.

Allen police say Crusius was reported as a juvenile runaway in 2014 but returned home roughly a half-hour later. He was also among eight students on a school bus involved in a minor crash in 2016 that resulted in no injuries.

Allen police say their last involvement with Crusius came in March, when he reported a false residential alarm at his grandparents' home.

The president of a leading Hispanic group says politicians such as Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and President Donald Trump must stop making anti-immigrant statements that he blamed for "costing the lives of innocent people."

Speaking in downtown El Paso on Sunday, League of United Latin American Citizens president Domingo Garcia said that "unfortunately what we saw here was another massacre by again somebody using racial hatred as a basis to kill people a Mexican American descent, and we need to stand up and fight against it."

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard says Mexico will take legal action to protect Mexicans and Americans of Mexican descent after the shooting in El Paso.

In a video statement, Ebrard called the shooting an "act of barbarism" and said the country's first priority is attending to the impacted families.

Next, he said, Mexico plans to seek legal measures to protect Mexican nationals and Mexican-Americans in the U.S.

Mexican officials say three Mexican nationals were killed and another six were wounded in the Saturday shooting at a Texas Walmart.

El Paso is a popular weekend shopping destination for Mexicans who live across the border, in Ciudad Juarez.

The shooter appears to have been targeting Hispanics and authorities are investigating it as a hate crime.

The American flag flies at half-staff at the White House in Washington on Sunday to honor those killed in two mass shootings, one in Dayton, Ohio, and one in El Paso.
Credit Associated Press

President Donald Trump is ordering flags at half-staff in remembrance of the victims of two mass shootings in less than a day that killed at least 29 people and injured dozens more.

A proclamation released by the White House on Sunday says the nation shares "in the pain and suffering of all those who were injured in these two senseless attacks."

The first attack Saturday at a shopping area in El Paso, Texas, killed at least 20 people. That was followed by another shooting in a nightlife district in Dayton, Ohio, which claimed nine lives.

Trump has been out of public view since both shootings. He has reacted to the attacks on Twitter.