Content warning: gun violence, violence against children.
UPDATED (AUGUST 4TH, 2019): A 4-month-old baby, 2-year-old toddler, and 9-year-old child have been identified as three of the 46 (and counting) victims who were injured or killed in this morning's (August 3rd, 2019) shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas.
Around 10:00 AM on the morning of August 3rd, 2019, a man dressed in a black shirt and black cargo pants, wearing hearing protection entered the El Paso Walmart off of Hawkins and Gateway East boulevards. The gunman reportedly shot one woman in the parking lot of the store, before continuing to open fire. Sources have shared that this Walmart location was packed with 3,000 shoppers, a norm for this time of year, as back-to-school shopping is getting underway.
While the victim toll was previously thought to be lower, NBC News has since updated their coverage to note that, according to law enforcement officials, 20 individuals have been killed, with another 26 injured in the shooting. The baby, toddler, and child injured in the incident were all treated at the University of Medical Center of El Paso. The 2-year-old and 9-year-old are both presently in stable condition and have been transferred to the El Paso Children's Hospital, while the condition of the 4-month-old baby is not presently known.
Several locations surrounding the Walmart store were placed on lockdown following the shooting, but authorities have identified the perpetrator as Patrick Crusius, a 21-year-old man from Dallas, Texas. Crusius was arrested "without incident", and while police have stated that there were not multiple shooters, another suspect is presently in custody, but information regarding their role has not yet been released.
Several political figures have offered their support and condolences over social media, and police have provided updates regarding the status of the threat on Twitter. The El Paso police have also used Twitter to urgently request blood donations to help the victims. Given the gravity of the event, the victims have been transported to multiple hospitals in the area.
We are sending our thoughts and condolences to everyone impacted by this horrific event. We will continue to update our coverage as additional information is revealed.