El Paso Shooting Suspect Said He Had Targeted Mexicans

Cheryl Sanders
August 12, 2019

According to the affidavit, 21-year-old Patrick Crusius stopped his vehicle in the middle of the road after leaving the scene. She was asked if her son might be suicidal or had shown recent behavior changes and said she had seen no changes, Felty said. She assured police that she had seen no change.

His mother is said to have contacted police to express concern about him owning a weapon, given his age, maturity and experience handling firearms.

During the call, the mother was transferred to a public safety officer who told her that - based on her description of the situation - her son, 21, was legally allowed to purchase the weapon, the attorneys said. The mother did not provide her name or her son's name, and police did not seek any additional information from her before the call concluded, according to the attorneys.

Her lawyers said the call was just to get more information, and she wasn't anxious that her son posed a threat to anybody.

'This was not a volatile, explosive, erratic behaving kid. "It's not like alarm bells were going off".

A lawyer for the Crusius family, Chris Ayres, told The Associated Press that the rest of the family never heard Patrick Crusius use the kind of racist and anti-immigrant language that was posted in the online screed.

Titled "The Inconvenient Truth", his message railed against the dangers of mass immigration and warned that Hispanics will eventually take over the economy and government.

Crusius drove about 11 hours from his home in Allen, Texas, to the Walmart in El Paso, in far western Texas abutting the Mexican border, police said. The detective added that Crusius said his targets were "Mexicans".

"I'm the shooter", Crusius told police when they apprehended him, according to the Post's account of the affidavit written by Detective Adrian Garcia on Sunday, one day after the shooting.

TMZ reports Crusius' father, meanwhile, is a mental health counselor who specializes in PTSD for shooting victims.

It appears the alleged shooter somehow evaded El Paso Police Department officers who arrived at the store about six minutes after receiving calls about a disturbance at the popular shopping center, which then became calls about a shooting in progress.

Federal authorities said they are weighing hate-crime charges against the suspected gunman El Paso that could carry the death penalty.

Other reports by iNewsToday