A Northern California festival, a neighborhood Walmart in Mississippi, another Walmart near the US-Mexico border and a popular entertainment district. All four were the scenes of shootings in the past week — events that together left at least 34 people dead and more than 50 wounded.
US President Donald has said that yesterday’s deadly mass shooting in El Paso, Texas that claimed 20 lives and and at least 26 injured was not only tragic, but also an act of cowardice.
“Today’s shooting in El Paso, Texas was not only tragic, it was an act of cowardice,” he tweeted. “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.”
In an earlier tweet Saturday, Trump pledged the “total support” of the federal government in the wake of the mass shooting.
Trump’s tweet of support and sympathy were among many expressions of condolence and other emotions that federal officials shared Saturday in the hours following the massacre.
Sources have disclosed that the suspect is Patrick Crusius, 21, of Allen, Texas.
Two federal law enforcement sources and one state government source said Patrick Crusius was taken into custody.
A second shooting took place in Dayton, Ohio, hours later when a gunman opened fire on people in a popular downtown area. Nine people were killed and 27 additional people were injured. The sister of the gunman in Dayton was among the nine people killed.
The suspect in Dayton was shot and killed by officers within a minute of opening fire.
The shooting, in which three Mexicans were among the 20 killed, is being treated as a“domestic terrorism case’’, investigators said.
In a video statement, Mexico’s foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard condemned the El Paso shooting as an “act of barbarity” and said the Mexican government will take “forceful legal actions” to keep its citizens safe in the US, without explaining specifics.
Police are looking at an anti-immigrant manifesto posted online by the shooter just before the shooting.
He is believed to have posted an online document calling the attack a response to “the Hispanic invasion of Texas”.
The man could face federal hate crime and firearms charges which carry a death penalty.
The suspect opened fire on a crowded Walmart supermarket with an assault-style rifle and surrendered after being confronted by officers outside the store.
Meanwhile, Police in Ohio have just said they cannot yet answer the reason why this happened.
The Walmart, near the Cielo Vista Mall, was full of shoppers buying back-to-school supplies at the time of the shooting, and witnesses described scenes of chaos as customers fled for their lives.