Saturday’s shooting at an El Paso Walmart is being treated as an act of domestic terrorism, according to the US Attorney for the Western District of Texas.
The shooting occurred Saturday morning at a Walmart near Cielo Vista Mall. According to CNN, at least 20 people were killed and 26 more were injured. CNN also reports that three of the 20 killed were Mexican nationals. Many victims remain hospitalized, ranging from stable to critical condition.
The 21-year-old suspected shooter was apprehended at the scene by law enforcement.
The US Justice Department is considering bringing federal hate crime charges against the alleged shooter, which could be punishable by death. In addition, El Paso County District Attorney Jaime Esparza stated that their office will be seeking the death penalty for the gunman.
Authorities believe the shooter left an anti-immigrant manifesto on an online message board prior to the shooting, which occurred at 10:30am local time.
The shooting comes less than a week after a mass shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in California that claimed the lives of three people, including two children. Hours after the shooting in El Paso, another shooting occurred in Dayton, Ohio, when a gunman opened fire in a downtown hot spot. According to CNN, nine people were killed and dozens more injured.