A shooting at a Walmart supermarket in El Paso, in the US state of Texas, left 20 dead and more than two dozen injured, authorities say.
A 21-year-old white man was arrested at the scene of the attack in the city of El Paso, near the US-Mexico border. He drove hundreds of miles from his Dallas-area home to carry out the carriage, authorities said.
The FBI said late Sunday that the slayings appear to be a hate crime.
He is believed to have posted an online document calling the attack a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas.
Federal authorities are treating the El Paso mass shooting as a case of domestic terrorism, the US Attorney for the Western District of Texas said.
The suspect has been named by US media as Patrick Crusius, a resident of Allen, in the Dallas area, about 650 miles (1,046km) east of El Paso.
The four-page document, reportedly posted some 20 minutes before police received the first emergency call from the Walmart, also expresses support for the gunman who killed 51 people in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March.
Security camera images said to be of the attacker show an armed man in a dark T-shirt, wearing eye glasses and what appears to be ear protectors.
There were no security officers present at the Walmart in El Paso at the time of Saturday’s shooting, Randy Hargrove, Senior Director of Media Relations for Walmart, said.
The Walmart location in El Paso, Hargrove, said they had a Lot Cop tower, a video and audio surveillance system installed in the parking lot, intended to act as a deterrent to violent crimes or activity taking place on Walmart premises.
Walmart is working with authorities in reviewing its surveillance video, and audio content from Saturday’s shooting.
One hundred percent of the associates at this store had completed their active shooter training, Hargrove said.
El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen said that the suspect has been volunteering information on his own and has shown no remorse and no regrets.
The alleged gunman turned himself in to law enforcement after the shooting on Saturday, according to a law enforcement official. He exited his vehicle in the parking lot, and walked over to law enforcement vehicles where he was arrested without incident.
US President Donald Trump has said perhaps more has to be done to prevent mass shootings following the El Paso attack, and another in Ohio 13 hours later in which nine people, including the gunman’s sister, were killed.
Hate has no place in our country, and we are going to take care of it, he told reporters on Sunday. This has been going on for years, for years and years in our country and we have to get it stopped.
The President went on to link both attacks to a mental illness problem.
If you look at both of these cases, this is mental illness. These are people who are very, very seriously mentally ill, he said.
But critics argue that the roots of the two massacres lie in the president’s language about immigrants and Mexicans in particular, and his opposition to gun control.
The suspect used an AK-style semiautomatic rifle, according to an initial investigation, Police Chief Allen said.
The shooter was able to quickly kill or wound many people due to geography and timing, choosing a sunny Saturday afternoon at a busy shopping center.
The capability of the weapon allowed that and then his intent and then the location where he chose was a Walmart, Chief Allen said.
The first calls reporting an active shooter came in at 10:39 a.m., and police were on the scene six minutes later, by 10:45 a.m, he added.
Thousands of people were evacuated from the Walmart and a nearby mall, officials said, and some family members were separated in the chaos.
Source: Voice of Nigeria