Elder Patriot – Contradictory reports keep coming out of El Paso.
NBC News is reporting that at least 19 people are dead and another 40 were injured after a gunman opened fire earlier today in a Walmart and around a nearby shopping mall in El Paso, Texas
Patrick Crusius, 21, from the Dallas area has been identified as the shooter and was taken into custody.
NBC also reported that, according to sources familiar with the investigation, a second person was also taken into custody, but that person’s role, if any, is not known in the shooting,
Whether earlier reports were exaggerated by the “fog of war” or the narrative engineers are attempting to limit the public perception damage that might result, police have revised the death toll to 10 and have walked back earlier reports of “multiple shooters” and “gang-related terrorism”:
UPDATE 3:50 p.m.: El Paso police officials now walking back mulitple-shooter and gang-related terrorism statements. “Don’t think it’s multiple shooters, but that could change,” KFOX14 reported.
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.