The total number of confirmed deaths from the El Paso Walmart mass shooting attack reaches 22. Among the victims were a brave grandfather who protected his wife and granddaughter, an army veteran and a heroic mom who saved her 2-month-old baby.
The number of confirmed victims that have lost their lives in the recent El Paso Walmart shooting massacre has now risen to 22. The El Paso police confirmed that the shooter has been identified as a 21-year-old named Patrick Crusius of Allen, Texas.
Crusius opened fire with an AK-47 style assault rifle on the crowded Walmart store. Authorities are clearly calling this an act of domestic terrorism. Aside from the 22 people who were killed, over two dozen others were severely injured from the chaos that ensued.
My heart aches today 💔! Such a sad and horrible day for the city of El Paso but El Paso stands strong. Thank you to all emergency responders & everyone who has been working very hard to assist and help the victims & families of such a senseless act #ElPasoSTRONG #iloveyouelpaso pic.twitter.com/BhsGsT6WrV— Coach DJ_CTWPanthers🐾 (@deejanb2016) August 4, 2019
According to Daily Mail, Crusius allegedly shared a hate-filled anti-immigrant manifesto explaining his terrible motives less than 20 minutes before he proceeded to start the shooting. Witnesses to the shooting reported that Crusius showed absolutely 'no remorse' as he began to fire sprays of bullets on the Walmart super-store at the Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso.
Judging by the motives from his alleged manifesto, the mall was a popular shopping destination for people both sides of the US-Mexico border and made for the perfect place for someone with racist and malicious intentions to create terror and violence.
1/ Here's what we know about the dead victims in the #ElPasoShooting.— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) August 4, 2019
Jordan Anchondo, 25, was a stay-at-home mother of three.
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Mexican authorities have also confirmed that seven Mexicans were among the 22 who were killed. The Mexican government is in an absolute outrage over the incident and has begun to put major pressure on the US to immediately draw a plan of action to make amends for these attacks.
Among the other victims was a heroic grandfather who shielded his wife and nine-year-old granddaughter from a hail of bullets that took his own life. There was also a brave mother who managed to save her two-month-old son but succumbed to the bullets in the process. Other victims include an army veteran and a 15-year-old boy.
Mexico says up to 7 of the 20 El Paso mass shooting victims were Mexican citizens. The foreign minister called the attack "an act of terrorism" and said the country may try to extradite the gunman:— AJ+ (@ajplus) August 5, 2019
"For Mexico, this individual is a terrorist." pic.twitter.com/ihMBHxfh7Z
The grandfather's name was David Johnson and was 63 years old. His family members reported in the aftermath of the event that he had heroically shielded his wife and nine-year-old granddaughter from the bullets which ended up taking his life.
Unfortunately for them, Johnson separated himself from his family as all hell broke loose. However, his actions were enough to save both his wife and granddaughter as they both returned home safely. It was only the next day that they received news that he was killed in the attack.
60-year-old US Army veteran, Arturo Benavides had been shopping with his wife when the attack started. His wife managed to escape the shooting but the family later found out that Arturo was one of the victims.
Arturo's niece addressed the press afterward, describing her uncle as a strong-willed, caring, and giving person who was well known and loved in the community through all the years he spent as a Sun Metro bus driver following his service in the army.
Arturo Benavides, a 60-year old Army veteran and bus driver was among the victims in the El Paso mass shooting, his niece Jacklin Luna tells CNN.— Dianne Gallagher (@DianneG) August 5, 2019
Benavides loved to tell stories of his army days as a staff sergeant and life with family pic.twitter.com/mkyt5Y7pHF
A young 15-year-old boy, Javier Rodriguez, was also confirmed by his aunt as being one of the victims of the attack. His aunt, Elvira, shared his photo on Facebook trying to find out any information about him.
Two hours later, she receives news that poor Javier has been one of the victims of the attack. She accepted the reality and then shared a statement "'Thank you to everybody who helped us search for my nephew. We found him. I just don't get why? I know I'll never have answers. I'm so confused, hurt, mad!!!!! May you Rest In Peace baby boy!!! We love you so much, baby!!!!!"
We are saddened by the news of the tragic shootings that have taken place in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. CAL FIRE sends our deepest condolences to the victims and their families. As well as, our unwavering support for the first responders. pic.twitter.com/rvx3n5DCDp— CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) August 4, 2019
President Trump addressed the El Paso shooting on Monday morning from the White House. He also spoke about the other massacre that took place just 13 hours later in Dayton, Ohio.
The POTUS has given a clear statement that the Justice Department ought to immediately propose legislation to ensure that those who commit hate crimes and mass murders face the death penalty. Trump said "'These barbaric slaughters are an assault upon our community. We are outraged and sickened by this monstrous evil. ... We are a loving nation and our children are entitled to grow up in a just, peaceful and loving society. Together we lock arms to shoulder the grief."
Today, I authorized the lowering of the flags to half-staff at all Federal Government buildings in honor of the victims of the tragedies in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 4, 2019