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El Paso Walmart Shooting: 2-Year-Old & 9-Year-Old In Stable Condition As New Victim Count Is Released

As the United States tries to make sense of yet another mass shooting, many in El Paso are still struggling with the loss of their loved ones, while others with family members in the hospital are anxiously hoping for the best.

Among those recovering from their wounds are two children, ages two and nine, who were taken to El Paso Children's Hospital. As of this morning, they are in stable condition. Although information on their injuries is limited, the older child was reportedly shot in the leg.

A witness, Adria Gonzalez, who was shopping with her mom at the Walmart where the shooting took place, reported that she first heard the shots while at the back the store. When she looked towards the front  to see what was happening, she observed the shooter by the entrance. She then saw him shoot a grade-school aged boy in the leg while a man bled on the floor and another man reached for a nearby child.

The gunman went on to kill 20 people and wound 26. Police, who arrested the suspected shooter, identified the man as Patrick Wood Crusius, an Allen, Texas resident, who turned 21 last week. Another person has also been taken into custody, though their connection to the shooting remains unclear. The El Paso Police Department has ruled out multiple shooters and has said the attack will be investigated as a hate crime since officials believe that Crusius had posted a racist, anti-immigrant rant online just before the attack.

One man in El Paso has emerged as a hero after the shooting for saving several children. U.S. Army Specialist Glenn Oakley attempted to get as many children to safety as possible. "I was putting the babies before myself because I just thought about if I had a child and if I wasn't around my child, how I would want another man to react if they [saw] my child running around without me around," he said.

The shooting, which comes six days after a man fired on attendees at a garlic festival in Gilroy, California, killing two children, a man and then himself, was followed by another mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, in which 10 people were killed and 27 were injured in a popular entertainment district in the city.

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Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke, who returned to El Paso, his hometown, to be with his family and friends as well as to visit victims and their families, expressed his hope that the city would rally around those affected by the senseless violence.

“We know there’s a lot of injury, a lot of suffering in El Paso right now,” O’Rourke said. “I’m incredibly saddened, and it is very hard to think about this, but I’ll tell you, El Paso is the strongest place in the world. This community is going to come together.”

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