US President Donald Trump condemned Saturday’s mass shooting at a Walmart store in Texas as act cowardice, saying there could be no justification for the killing of innocent people.
“Today’s shooting in El Paso, Texas was not only tragic, but it was also an act of cowardice,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
“I know that I stand with everyone in this Country to condemn today’s hateful act. There are no reasons or excuses that will ever justify killing innocent people.”
However, Texas authorities are investigating the Saturday mass shooting at a Walmart store in El Paso as a possible hate crime, the city’s police chief said, as authorities study an online manifesto linked to the suspect.
A 21-year-old from Allen, a suburb of Dallas, surrendered to police outside the store after the rampage that left 20 people dead and 26 wounded.
US media identified him as Patrick Crusius, who is white, and linked him to a “manifesto” posted online that includes passages railing against the “Hispanic invasion” of Texas.
“Right now we have a manifesto from this individual that indicates to some degree he has a nexus to potential hate crime,” El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen said at a news conference.
Veronica Escobar, who represents El Paso in Congress, said “the manifesto narrative is fueled by hate.”
“And it’s fueled by racism and bigotry and division,” she added, speaking at a press conference with El Paso Mayor Dee Margo and Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
“El Paso has historically been a very safe community. We have been safe for decades. We will continue to be safe.”
“This is someone who came from outside our community to do us harm. A community that has shown nothing but generosity and kindness to the least among us. Those people arriving at America’s front door,” she said.