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- What’s happening: Several people have been killed in a shooting in El Paso, Texas, the mayor’s chief of staff says. At least 22 people have been injured.
- Authorities respond: One suspect is in custody, El Paso police says.
- Businesses in the area: Lockdowns are in place as far as three miles of the Cielo Vista Mall where the shooting reportedly took place.
14 min ago
Trump weighs in on ‘terrible’ El Paso shooting
President Donald Trump called the shooting in El Paso, Texas, “terrible” on Twitter, saying that he offered the government’s support to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.
“Working with State and Local authorities, and Law Enforcement,” the President wrote. “Spoke to Governor to pledge total support of Federal Government. God be with you all!”
Multiple people were killed Saturday afternoon in a shooting near a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, El Paso police Sgt. Enrique Carillo said.
Carrillo added were “multiple fatalities” and that one person was taken into custody.
“It tears me up,” said El Paso Mayor Dee Margo on CNN. “It is a tragedy beyond tragedies and I’m just torn up about it.”
He said in a tweet he was “devastated by the tragic events unfolding in our City. Our hearts go out to the victims and gratitude to our first responders.”
Margo said there are “multiple suspects in custody” — though police have not said that — and “several fatalities.”
The FBI and ATF are assisting authorities.
Specialist Glendon Oakly, a man who was shopping in a mall at the time, told MSNBC he heard the gunshots and said his “heart’s still beating fast.”
“I heard pop, pop,” he said.
Oakley said he and several people ran towards the parking lot to escape the shooting, and he tried to help several kids who didn’t appear to be near their parents.
“I tried to pick up as many of them as I could and run out,” he said. “But they were so anxious they were jumping out of my hands, so wasn’t much I could do, so I just made my way out.”
“I just hope nothing happened to the kids,” he added.
“I was in a store,” Oakly told CNN, “a little kid ran in there and said there was active shooter in WalMart but we didn’t pay attention bc he was a little kid.
“I heard two gunshots, saw people running around screaming.
I’m in the military, I’m thinking I’m the only one with a weapon, legally carrying, I see a whole bunch of kids running without their parents.
“I picked up three kids,” he said. “I made it out safe. i just wanted to get those kids out of there.
WalMart said in a statement it was working with authorities. “We’re praying for the victims, the community & our associates, as well as the first responders.”
“Active Shooter in area of Hawkins and Gateway East. Scene is still active avoid the area. RG limited information,” they wrote on Twitter.
There were additional reports of additional active shooters at nearby areas including a report of a shooter in the area of Target and a report of a shooter at Bassett Mall.
Those reports were not specifically confirmed immediately. Police confirmed they had received reports of multiple active shooters, but did not confirm whether those reports were accurate.
“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,” they wrote on Twitter.
Scanner chatter seemed to be focused in the area of Walmart.
Eighteen people were shot or injured at Walmart, according to KTSM
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