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Gunfight in Walmart in El PasoGunfight in mall in Texas: Several dead, police arrested shooters
When shooting in a shopping center in El Paso, Texas, there have been several deaths, police said. A person had been arrested, said police spokesman Enrique Carrillo on Saturday to journalists.
Forces searched the area, but there was no more threat. The background of the deed remained unclear at first. Another representative of the polic elater said that the detainee was a man.
He could not give precise information about the number of dead and injured. American media now report 18 or 19 dead and dozens injured. However, there is no official confirmation for this.
Texas Vice Governor Dan Patrick told Fox News that the suspect was 21 years old.
In a statement at 23:25, Sgt. Robert Gomez said that at the time of the incident, about 1,000 to 3,000 people had been in the shopping center.
US President Donald Trump is horrified
US President Donald Trump wrote on Twitterthat reports of the crime were very bad. Many people have been killed. His government works with the city and state forces. “God be with you all!” He added.
According to the police, the first emergency calls were received around 10:00 am local time (6:00 pm German time). The forces were then called first to a Walmart, later to other locations in an adjacent shopping center.
First, even reports of several shooters
The police immediately called the people on Twitter to stay away from the mall. On record numerous policemen and ambulances were to be seen. The situation was very confusing for a long time. There were also reports of several shooters.
Trump was informed about the situation on the ground, according to the White House. He spoke with Justice Secretary William Barr and Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Deputy Speaker Steven Groves said.
Abbott spoke of a “vile and pointless” act of violence. He said the state has sent support to the forces.
Beto O’Rourke, Democratic candidate for the presidential nomination from El Paso, wrote on Twitter, “Stay Safe, El Paso”.
Again and again victims by shots in the US
In the United States, it happens again and again that in shopping centers or in other public places people are killed by shots. Efforts to tighten gun laws have been going nowhere for years because Republicans are against it.
It was not until Tuesday that two people in Mississippi State were killed in a Walmart. At the weekend, a 19-year-old opened fire during a festival in the small town of Gilroy, Northern California, killing three people. The shooter was shot dead by policemen at the scene.