The shooting on Saturday in the American city of El Paso, Texas, where twenty people died, is one of the country's deadliest shooting incidents in the last five decades. Only seven attackers committed even more damage. The US intelligence service FBI assumes a "terrorist attack", reports the Texas governor under the authority of the service.
According to The New York Times , the shooter may have posted a manifest online twenty minutes before the attack, showing that he is against "racial mixing." According to the writer, that would "destroy the country".
The shooter also announced his act in the text. The FBI sees the manifest as sufficient reason to regard the mass shooting party as a hate crime or terrorist attack.
President Trump calls attack "tragic and cowardly"
US President Donald Trump calls the mass shooting party a "tragic, cowardly act."
"I stand behind everyone in this country who condemns today's hateful act. There are no reasons or excuses that will ever justify killing innocent people. Melania and I think of and pray for the great people of Texas," Trump said.
Three of the five deadliest shooting incidents in the history of the United States occurred in the last three years. Attacks during a concert in Las Vegas (58 deaths, 2017), in a gay nightclub in Orlando (49 deaths, 2016) and in a church in Texas (26 deaths, 2017) resulted in a total of 133 fatalities.
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Man shoots at least twenty people in the Texas shopping center
On Saturday, at least 20 people were killed and dozens injured after a shooter opened fire in a shopping mall. Most victims fell in or around a Walmart in the mall.
The suspected offender is a 21-year-old man from Texas, who was arrested shortly after the shooting. A total of three people were arrested. The police assume one shooter, the role of the other two suspects is being investigated.
In addition to the dead, dozens of people were injured. Spokespersons for local hospitals announced that at least 26 people were being treated for injuries following the shooting.
A police officer patrols the mall in El Paso. (Photo: Reuters)
Leader of Democrats advocates stricter arms law
Nancy Pelosi, the leader of the Democrats in the House of Representatives, again argued for stricter arms laws. "Too many families in too many communities are forced to withstand the horrors of armed violence. Enough is enough," said Pelosi.
Mitch McConnell, the leader of the Republicans in the Senate, writes on Twitter that he sympathizes with the families of the victims. "The whole country is shocked by the senseless violence in El Paso. The prayers of my wife Elaine and I go out to the victims of this terrible violence, their families and friends and the brave first aid workers who risked their lives," he writes .
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