The shooting in the American city of El Paso (Texas) is one of the country's most deadly shooting incidents in the last five decades. Only seven attackers committed even more damage. President Donald Trump calls it a "tragic, cowardly deed."
"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 are sending our thoughts and prayers to the great people of Texas," Trump said. .
Three of the five most deadly shooting incidents in US history have happened in the last three years. Attacks at a concert in Las Vegas (58 deaths, 2017), gay nightclub in Orlando (49 deaths, 2016) and 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 mall
On Saturday, at least 20 people were killed and dozens injured after a shooter opened fire in a shopping mall.
In total, three people were arrested. The police assume one shooter, the role of the other two suspects is being investigated.
Today's shooting in El Paso, Texas, was not only tragic, it was an act or cowardice. I know that I stand with everyone in this Country to condemn today's hateful act. There are no reasons or excuses that will ever justify killing innocent people ....Avatar
The suspected perpetrator is a 21-year-old man from Texas, who was arrested by agents shortly after the shooting. Most victims fell in or around a Walmart in the mall.
In addition to the dead, dozens of people were injured. Spokespersons for local hospitals said 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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