Suspected El Paso Shooter Told Police He Was Targeting ‘Mexicans’

Supporters of President Donald Trump (C and R) are escorted away by police officers after arguing outside the makeshift memorial to the victims of the WalMart shooting that left a total of 22 people dead, in El Paso,... Supporters of President Donald Trump (C and R) are escorted away by police officers after arguing outside the makeshift memorial to the victims of the WalMart shooting that left a total of 22 people dead, in El Paso, Texas, on August 7, 2019. - President Donald Trump consoled victims of a mass shooting in Ohio on Wednesday but protesters and opponents denounced what they say is his extremist rhetoric on race and immigration. The president's trip to Dayton, where nine people were gunned down over the weekend, was to be followed immediately after by a stop in the border city of El Paso, Texas, where 22 were murdered. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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August 9, 2019 2:37 p.m.

Police say that Patrick Crusius, the suspected shooter in Saturday’s El Paso massacre, confessed that he was targeting “Mexicans” when he opened fire at a Walmart, killing 22 people, as reported by the Washington Post and the Associated Press.

He is believed to be the author of a xenophobic screed posted online shortly before the shooting bemoaning the “Hispanic invasion of Texas.”

The suspected gunman has reportedly waived his right to an attorney and is freely sharing his confession with police.

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