President Trump reacts to El Paso mass shooting, 20 dead

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Washington - The incident took place at a Walmart store.

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Published: Sun 4 Aug 2019, 12:26 PM

Last updated: Sun 4 Aug 2019, 2:50 PM

US President Donald Trump has reacted to the 'tragic' mass shooting in the state of Texas.
At least 20 people were killed and 26 others injured in a mass shooting at a shopping centre (Walmart) in El Paso, authorities said, adding that a 21-year-old suspect was now in police custody.
Calling it an 'act of cowardice', Trump condemned the tragic hateful act. The First Lady Melania Trump and him sent their thoughts and prayers to the 'great people of Texas'.

The massacre took place on August 3 at a Walmart store near the Cielo Vista Mall in the city of El Paso, a few miles from the US-Mexican border, the BBC reported.
El Paso's population of 680,000 people comprise 83 per cent of Hispanic descent.
El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen said reports of an active shooter were received at 10:39 am, and law enforcement officers were on the scene within six minutes.
The identities of the victims were yet to be ascertained but Allen told the media that "ages and genders of all these people injured and killed are numerous in the age groups", adding that the tragic incident could be dubbed as "hate crime".
Meanwhile, the suspect who is in custody was a resident of the Dallas-area city of Allen, about 1,046 km east of El Paso, the police chief said, adding that authorities were looking at potentially bringing capital murder charges against him.
Although Allen did not identify the suspect, a law enforcement source has named him as Patrick Crusius.

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