Elder Patriot – UPDATE: Gang-Related Terrorism
UPDATE: It’s being reported that police in El Paso, Texas, are now calling the mass-casualty shooting that may have left as many as 22 people dead, including 4 children in “gang-related terrorism.”
12:40 p.m.: The El Paso Times reports a police officer saying that 18 adults and four children may have been killed. This number has not been confirmed. University Medical Center officials report receiving multiple victims from the shooting — no numbers available at this time.
1:05 p.m.: KFOX14 reports two active shooters — one in custody — and at least ten fatalities. More ambulances are still arriving on the scene.
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Victims of the shooting in the Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, Texas are transported and treated by emergency responders Saturday pic.twitter.com/zYBEVQL494
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El Paso police responded to reports of an active shooter at Cielo Vista Mall area shortly before 11 a.m. this morning.
Shortly before 1 p.m., a police spokesperson announced to reporters that the “imminent threat” had been neutralized.
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced that a 21-year-old man had been taken into custody.
However, at 2:11 El Paso police were reporting they were searching for multiple shooters:
Local media reported that multiple SWAT teams, FBI and ATF had been dispatched and were at the scene and that businesses in the area were on lockdown.
Official information on the victims has been closely guarded. Current estimates are that between 15 and 20 people have been injured with no reported deaths.
Fox News is reporting that a witness told them that his mother died at the scene.
We will continue updating this story as information becomes available.