Videos posted to social media is believed to have captured the tense, chaotic moments when people fled a shopping complex in El Paso, Texas, amid a shooting which left at least 19 people dead on Saturday.
According to KSAT, SnapChat’s aggregated map feature compiled multiple videos (viewable below) which appear to show people at Cielo Vista Mall either evacuating or taking cover as gunfire ensued at a nearby Walmart. In one of the videos, a woman’s seen running through a department store while yelling, “Let’s go! Let’s go!” In the background, someone can be overheard saying, “Hands up!”
Citing law enforcement sources, CNN identified the gunman as Patrick Crusius, 21, of Allen, Texas. Sources told the news outlet that, days before the mass shooting, Crusius posted an online writing which could provide a motive. However, officials haven’t confirmed whether the writing’s legitimate.
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VIEWER VIDEO: The sound of gunfire as Cielo Vista Walmart shoppers hide under tables near the entrance. #EPShooting pic.twitter.com/koKuvrFNh3
— KTSM 9 News (@KTSMtv) August 3, 2019
CBS News reported that at least 19 people were killed, 40 were injured in Saturday’s shooting. Nine are reportedly in critical but stable condition, with a 4-month-old among the injured.
El Paso police posted on Twitter with a a call for blood donations. The El Paso Times reported that blood donations for critically-injured patients are being accepted at the following locations:
- Vitalent Blood Services at 424 South Mesa Hills Drive (open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday)
- Vitalent Blood Services at 133 North Zaragoza Road in El Paso (open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday)
- United Blood Services at 1200 Commerce Drive in Las Cruces (open until 5 p.m. on Saturday)
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[Featured image: Snapchat video screengrabs]