Multiple fatalities in shooting near mall in El Paso, Texas


According to KTSM-TV, at least 18 people have been shot, although the extent of their injuries are not yet known.

- Police said there may be more than one suspect involved in an active shooter situation Saturday in El Paso, Texas.

Multiple people were killed and injured and at least one person was in custody after a shooting rampage Saturday at a shopping mall, police in the Texas border town of El Paso said.

El Paso police said there was one person in custody. City police said on Twitter they had received "multi reports of multipe shooters".

Police confirmed "multiple fatalities", but the exact number of victims remains unclear.

Blink-182 member Mark Hoppus revealed on Twitter that he and his bandmates were "locked down" in their hotel and told another active shooter was "directly across the street at a location different from the first shootings".

"We have deployed troopers, special agents, Texas Rangers, tactical teams, and aircraft to the scene in a support role", he said.

The scene was still active, El Paso Police tweeted shortly after 2 p.m.

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El Paso, which is home to around 680,000 residents, is located in western Texas and sits across the border from Juarez, Mexico.

The mall complex is near Interstate 10 and on El Paso's east side.

Democratic Presidential candidate Bteo O'Rourke told CNN: "I am incredibly saddened, and it is very hard to think about this".

Police confirm to CNN that shots were fired at a Walmart near the Cielo Vista Mall.

"We're never going to give up to the shooters, never going to give up to the lawbreakers", he said.

Congresswoman Veronica Escobar, who represents Texas's 16th Congressional District, headquartered in El Paso, tweeted that she is "utterly heartbroken by the developing news in El Paso".

Another restaurant employee, Adrian Loera, said Walmart employees ran for their lives, seeking shelter at nearby businesses.

President Donald Trump has been briefed on the shooting and is monitoring the situation, according to White House Deputy Press Secretary Steven Groves. He also encourages everyone to follow directions of emergency personnel. Two of the injured were children who were being transferred to El Paso Children's Hospital, he said.