Posted by News Express | 4 August 2019 | 1,298 times
A shooting at a Texas shopping mall has ended in “multiple fatalities”, local officials say.
The shooting happened at Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, just a few miles from the US-Mexico border.
At least 22 people arrived at local hospitals for treatment for their injuries.
One person is in custody, and police did not believe there were multiple gunmen, a spokesperson said, but was unable to provide casualty figures.
“We don't want to do anything prematurely until we have accurate facts for you,” Sergeant Robert Gomez said, declining to provide details on the injured.
First reports of a shooting emerged at around 11:00 local time (18:00 GMT).
There were reports of gunfire in several locations - in both the Cielo Vista mall and the nearby Walmart, police said - but reports of further gunshots at another nearby mall, Bassett, were not true.
“Initial reports of the weapon were … a rifle - I can't confirm that yet,” the spokesman said.
He could not confirm any details about the suspect, except that he was male. No officers had fired their weapons in apprehending him, he said.
Police said they no longer believed there was any immediate threat to the public, but were continuing searches. A family reunification area had been set up nearby for those searching for loved ones.
“This is a tragedy that we never, ever would have thought would happen in El Paso,” El Paso Mayor Dee Margo told CNN. “It tears me up.”
Texas state Governor Greg Abbott said the attack was “a heinous and senseless act of violence”.
“We have deployed troopers, special agents, Texas Rangers, tactical teams, and aircraft to the scene in a support role,” he said. “The state of Texas will do everything it can to ensure justice is delivered to the perpetrators”. (BBC)
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