Published: Mon, August 12, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

El Paso shooting suspect's mom called police concerned about gun

El Paso shooting suspect's mom called police concerned about gun

The 21-year-old man accused of carrying out the deadly mass shooting in El Paso, texas, confessed after surrendering and said he had been targeting Mexicans, US police say.

Patrick Crusius, 21, allegedly opened fire at a crowded Walmart in the Texas city on Saturday with an AK-47-style rifle, according to investigators.

The mother, the lawyers told the network, did not give police her son's name, and police did not seek any additional information from her before the call ended.

Whether that specific gun was used in the attack is unclear.

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", Chris Ayres told the network. It's not like alarm bells were going off, ' Ayres told CNN.

Crusius is accused of shooting and killing 22 people and wounding two dozen more on Saturday, shortly after a manifesto appeared online explaining his motivation and decrying a "Hispanic invasion" of the United States.

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Officials believe the alleged gunman, Patrick Crusius, is the author of an online post decrying Hispanic migrants.

People hold candles during a vigil at a memorial 4 days after a mass shooting at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, Wednesday, August 7, 2019.

A statement posted by Allen police on Twitter this week, in response to media inquiries about the suspect's prior encounters with law enforcement, listed just three relatively minor contacts in department records.

State prosecutors in El Paso announced on Sunday that they will pursue the death penalty. The detective noted that Crusius said his targets were "Mexicans".

Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino is donating $100,000 to be distributed between the El Paso Community Foundation's El Paso Shooting Victims' Fund and the Paso del Norte Community Foundation's El Paso Victims Relief Fund.

Additionally, US Attorney John Bash said the Justice Department is "seriously considering" bringing federal hate crime and federal firearm charges.

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