"The scene was a horrific one", said El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen, adding that numerous 26 people who were hurt had life-threatening injuries.
The first sentence of the four-page document expresses support for the man accused of killing 51 people at two New Zealand mosques in March after posting his own screed with a conspiracy theory about nonwhite migrants replacing whites. Police later said they think there was just one shooter. "We are going to aggressively prosecute it both as capital murder, but also as a hate crime, which is what it appears to be, without having seen all the evidence yet". It's the deadliest attack on Jews in the U.S.in history.
Local media outlets also posted surveillance footage said to show a gunman entering the building with an automatic rifle.
In Texas, police and FBI investigators searched for clues as to what motivated the suspect, who is from Allen, Texas, a Dallas suburb some 650 miles (1,046 km) east of El Paso, which lies on Rio Grande across the U.S. -Mexico border from Ciudad Juarez.
Twenty people were killed and 26 were injured in the store, which was filled with as many as 3,000 people, many of whom were back-to-school shopping, according to multiple outlets.
Eyewitnesses described scenes of pandemonium as shoppers fled for their lives, including Kianna Long who was at the Walmart with her husband when they heard gunfire.
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Employees at the nearby Hooters and Red Lobster told CNN they were safe and saw a lot of police, helicopters and people running around outside.
She said she stepped up to see what was happening and that's when she saw the shooter near the main entrance, wearing headphones or earmuffs and carrying a gun.
The shooting in OH marked the 31st deadly mass shooting in America this year, defined as those where at least three people are killed by gun violence in a single episode. President Donald Trump visited in February to argue that walling off the southern border would make the USA safer. "There are no reasons or excuses that will ever justify killing innocent people", he wrote on Twitter. It surpassed Columbine High School as the deadliest shooting at a high school in USA history.
The AP/USA Today/Northeastern University mass murder database tracks all USA homicides since 2006 involving four or more people killed, not including the offender, over a short period of time regardless of weapon, location, victim-offender relationship or motive. I tried to pick up as many as I could. "Sending our love to the entire community of El Paso".
Laura Brownfield of Las Cruces said she was on her way to El Paso to go shopping when she had to turn around and go home, then made a decision to head to the mall.
US Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York, said on Twitter: "We must act to help end gun violence in America".
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Other stores at the nearby mall were also locked down as police officers cleared the shopping center in the east of the city, which lies on the southern USA border with Mexico.
New Jersey Senator Cory Booker was among them, saying the United States seemed to be "accepting the idea that these [shootings] are going to be a regular occurrence". The author said they had spent less than a month preparing and listed the firearms they planned to use.