FILE PHOTO – Taking pictures suspect Patrick Crusius, charged with capital homicide for a mass capturing at a Walmart retailer in El Paso, is seen on this police photograph launched from El Paso, Texas, U.S., August 5, 2019. Courtesy of El Paso Police Division/Handout through REUTERS
(Reuters) – A Texas grand jury on Thursday indicted a person accused of killing 22 folks and wounding 26 others in an August capturing at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, who had informed authorities he was focusing on Mexicans, a neighborhood prosecutor stated.
Patrick Crusius, 21, was indicted for capital homicide and can face the loss of life penalty if he’s convicted, El Paso County District Lawyer Jaime Esparza stated in an announcement.
“The District Lawyer’s Workplace will proceed to work onerous to make sure that justice is finished and is dedicated to aiding the victims by the judicial course of,” Esparza stated.
Crusius is accused of driving 11 hours from his hometown of Allen, Texas, close to Dallas to El Paso on Aug. three and firing at customers with an AK47 rifle inside a Walmart retailer, after which he surrendered to officers who confronted him exterior the shop.
Crusius confessed whereas surrendering and informed police he was focusing on Mexicans, based on an El Paso police affidavit launched days after the capturing.
Most of these killed within the capturing had been Hispanic.
The Texas killings had been adopted simply 13 hours later by one other mass capturing in Dayton, Ohio, the place a gunman in physique armor and a masks killed 9 folks in lower than a minute and wounded 27 others within the metropolis’s downtown historic district earlier than he was shot useless by police.
The shootings reverberated throughout the political area on Sunday as Democratic presidential candidates referred to as for stricter gun legal guidelines and accused President Donald Trump of stoking racial tensions.
The indictment in opposition to Crusius is not going to be obtainable to the general public till it has been filed by the District Clerk’s Workplace. By legislation, the clerk’s workplace has 10 days to file the indictment, a spokeswoman for Esparza stated.
Reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Chicago; Enhancing by Bernadette Baum and Lisa Shumaker