The gunman who shot dead 22 people Saturday in a hypermarket in the Texas city of El Paso, admitted in police custody to have wanted to attack "Mexicans", according to an investigative report consulted Friday by AFP. "The accused indicated that once inside the store he opened fire with his AK-47 (assault rifle) on innocent people.The accused indicated that his targets were 'Mexicans' ", says the document.
He denounced a "Hispanic invasion of Texas"
Patrick Crusius, a 21-year-old white man, drove for about 10 hours from Allen in the suburbs of Dallas to El Paso on the border with Mexico. Before acting out, he posted a manifesto denouncing a "Hispanic invasion of Texas".
By mid-morning, he had entered a crowded Walmart hypermarket with his assault rifle and several magazines and fired on dozens of people. Twenty-two died, including eight Mexicans and a majority of Hispanic Americans, and 26 were injured. When the police arrived, Patrick Crusius was out of a vehicle with his hands in the air, saying, "I am the shooter," according to this police report, which served as a basis for charging him with murders. . He faces the death penalty.