El Paso Shooter Says He Targeted Mexicans

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The suspect in the Aug. 3 mass shooting at an El Paso Walmart store admitted to arresting officers he had targeted Mexicans, reports the Wall Street Journal. Patrick Crusius, 21, is being held without bond in the El Paso County Jail in the attack with an assault weapon that claimed the lives of 22. Most of the victims were Hispanic and included at least seven Mexican citizens. Crusius, who authorities said drove from his home nearly 700 miles away in the Dallas suburb of Allen to carry out the crime, said in an online statement attributed to him that he wanted to target Hispanics who posed an ethnic and cultural threat to the U.S. and were taking jobs from native-born Americans.

In an arrest warrant, El Paso Police Detective Adrian Garcia said state troopers responding to the shooting spotted a vehicle in front of them stopped in the left turn lane of a nearby intersection. They then saw a man later identified as Crusius step out of the vehicle with his hands raised, telling the officers “I’m the shooter,” Garcia said. Crusius was arrested. At El Paso police headquarters, he agreed to waive his Miranda rights and speak about the incident, the affidavit said. “The defendant stated once inside the store, he opened fire using his AK-47 shooting multiple innocent victims,” Garcia said. “The defendant stated his target were ‘Mexicans.’ ” Crusius is being charged with capital murder, and the FBI is investigating the shooting as a domestic terrorism case and potential hate crime.

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