Police say El Paso shooting suspect said he targeted Mexicans

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The suspect, Patrick Crusius, 21, came out of his vehicle, stopped at an intersection, "and stated out loud "I'm the shooter", Detective Adrian Garcia said in the affidavit on Sunday, a day after the shooting.

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The suspect accused of carrying out last week's mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, told police after the shooting that he had been targeting Mexicans, according to authorities.

"The defendant stated his target were Mexicans", Garcia wrote.

Crusius later agreed to speak with detectives, telling them that he had driven to El Paso from the Dallas suburb of Allen and that he was targeting Mexicans in the attack.

Crusius is accused of shooting and killing 22 people and wounding two dozen others last Saturday.

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U.S. federal authorities characterize the El Paso massacre as domestic terrorism and Crusius might be charged with a hate crime as well as multiple counts of murder and attempted murder.

20 minutes before the shooting happened, Patrick posted a manifesto on an online forum and said that the shooting was a response to the Hispanic invasion. Authorities say the mass shooting is being investigated as a hate crime and act of domestic terrorism.

The El Paso native has blamed President Donald Trump's rhetoric for spreading fear and hate, leading the president to tweet that he should "be quiet".

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O'Rouke, a former USA congressman who represented a district that includes El Paso, joined more than 100 people in the march, which began at a park and ended at a courthouse, across the street from the jail where Crusius is held. Less than 24 hours later, nine people were killed and 27 injured, after a gunman opened fire on the streets of a popular nightlife area in Dayton.

Trump said Friday that he believes he can influence the powerful gun rights group, the National Rifle Association, to allow stronger federal background checks.

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