Numerous people lost their lives Saturday during a mass shooting at a Walmart shopping center in El Paso. While the initial death count was listed as 20, officials announced on Monday that the death toll has risen to 22.
El Paso Police Sgt. Robert Gomez said the store was “at capacity’ during the weekend shooting, at a time when many parents were out buying school supplies. Over 1,000 people were believed to be inside the store when 21-year-old Patrick Crusius allegedly began shooting at people, according to AP.
The incident happened at around 10:30 a.m. at the Walmart off of Hawkins and Gateway East boulevards. Officials said other victims are in area hospitals, in critical condition.
Authorities said during a Sunday press conference that the case is being treated as domestic terrorism and they’ll be seeking the death penalty. Crusius has been arrested and charged with capital murder, in connection with the shooting.
- Jordan Anchondo, 25
- Andre Anchondo, 24
- Arturo Benavides, 67
- Javier Amir Rodriguez, 15
- Leo Campos (age currently unknown)
- Maribel Hernandez (age currently unknown)
- David Johnson, 63
- Angel Englisbee, 86
Jordan and Andre Anchondo had recently celebrated their wedding anniversary and were at Walmart shopping for school supplies for their children when they both lost their lives. Both died shielding their youngest child, a 2-month-old son. They were also in the process of putting the finishes touches on their new home, which Andre Anchondo helped build.
Arturo Benavides was at the Walmart with his wife, Patricia Benavides. While Patricia Benavides was in the restroom, Arturo, who was described as a family man who loved upside-down pineapple cakes, got caught in the gunfire.
“If anyone ever needed anything, he was the first one there: If we needed a ride, a shirt or a meal, he was always the first person to offer anything he had,” Arturo’s niece, Jacklin Luna, said.
The youngest victim, 15-year-old Javier Rodriguez, was scheduled to start his sophomore year at high school. He was described as a loving child who enjoyed soccer.
Angel Englisbee was on the phone with her son while at Walmart and hung up when she got to the checkout line. No one heard from her again. Englisbee had seven children and a son who died as a baby, according to her family. She raised her children on her own after her husband passed away from a heart attack, The New York Times reports.
David Johnson was at Walmart with his 9-year-old granddaughter. He died while protecting her, his family said.
Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available on other victims.
Seven Mexican nationals who crossed the nearby border go shopping for the day were also killed during the incident. The shootings took place in an area where Mexican tourists frequently visit.
- Jorge Calvillo García of Torreón
- Adolfo Cerros Hernández of Aguascalientes
- Sara Esther Regalado of Cuidad Juarez
- Gloria Irma Márquez of Juárez.
- Elsa Mendoza de la Mora of Yepomera
- Ivan Filiberto Manzano of Ciudad Juarez
- María Eugenia Legarretta Rothe of Chihuahua City
Elsa Mendoza de la Mora was a special needs teacher who lived in a bordering town. She crossed the border on weekends to visit friends and family and to sometimes shop. While her husband and son waited in the parking lot, Elsa was killed.
María Eugenia Legarreta Rothe stopped briefly at Walmart to pick up something before she was supposed to head to the airport to pick up her daughter. She wanted a few household items, but gunfire tragically stopped her.
Gloria Irma Márquez, described as a “dedicated mother, grandmother and friend,” was in El Paso visiting family when she stopped by Walmart.
Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said Mexico plans to take action “under international law,” according to Reuters.
“Mexico declares its profound rejection and complete condemnation of this barbaric act, in which innocent Mexican men and women lost their lives,” Ebrard said on Twitter.
The story continues to develop. Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.
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[Feature Photo: Family Handouts, AP/Andres Leighton]