20 dead, 26 wounded in El Paso, Texas, shooting: police

By Jessica Vomiero and Kerri Breen Global News

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Police say 20 people were killed and 26 were wounded after a mass shooting in El PasoTexas, on Saturday.

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According to El Paso Police Dept. Chief Greg Allen, a 21-year-old male suspect is in custody.

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Officers received reports of an active shooter just after 10:30 a.m., first at a Walmart, then at Cielo Vista Mall.

TEXAS MALL SHOOTING

Kianna Long and her husband were at the Walmart when shots rang out.

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“People were panicking and running, saying that there was a shooter,” Long told Reuters. “They were running close to the floor, people were dropping on the floor.”

The alleged shooter was taken into custody without incident, Gomez said.

He is believed to be the sole suspect.

Active shooter at Walmart in El Paso, Texas
Police at the scene of an active shooting investigation at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, on Aug. 3, 2019.EPA/IVAN PIERRE AGUIRRE
Active shooter at Walmart in El Paso, Texas
Police at the scene of an active shooting investigation at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, on Aug. 3, 2019.EPA/IVAN PIERRE AGUIRRE

The motivation of the shooter, who used a rifle according to initial reports, is under investigation.

Police said the threat is believed to be over. Multiple law enforcement agencies joined in the response, police said. A family reunification centre was set up at a local middle school.

The New York Police Department Counterterrorism Bureau said it was monitoring the shooting, and additional units have been sent to shopping centres in an abundance of caution.

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