Twenty dead in Texas Walmart mass shooting

Shoppers flee out of the Cielo Vista shopping centre. Credit: Timothy Burke @Twitter

In what will become a dark week in American history, 20 innocent people have been shot dead and 26 others injured in the second mass shooting in less than a week.

The shooting happened at Cielo Vista Mall, a few miles from the US-Mexican border in the town of El Paso, Texas at around 10.40am yesterday morning (Saturday).

The shooter has been provisionally named by US officials as Patrick Crusius, a 21-year-old student who less than 20 minutes before, announced on an online forum his intentions to cure the “Hispanic invasion of Texas.”

The 2,300 word manifesto contained detailed plans to segregate ethnic groups into specific areas of the country and that he believed that white people will soon be ‘ethnically replaced’.

Eye witnesses and CCTV footage of the event show what appears to be Patrick walking into the store wearing a black t-shirt and what look like ear defenders holding an AK-47.

Before he entered the store he allegedly opened fire on locals that were fundraising outside the Walmart selling water.

He went on to open fire on the customers in the store, many of whom were of Mexican origin and had crossed the border to visit the shopping mall.

Survivors and witnesses described the scene as “chaos” as people ran for cover.

US Authorities arrested Crusius on the scene and he has been taken away for questioning.

In his online manifesto he accredited the motive for the killing spree the Christchurch mass shooting in New Zealand back in January where 51 people were killed.

Politicians, including the President of the United Sates, Donald Trump, have collectively condemned the attack.

The second mass shooting in less than a week comes after a gunman opened fire at a food festival in California, killing three people.

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James Warren

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