El Paso Walmart shooting: 20 killed in US gun attack

El Paso Walmart shooting: 20 killed in US gun attack

- Police have arrested a 21-year-old suspect believed to have gone on a gun rampage at the shopping store

- The attack has left the city and and its residents in a panic mode even as detectives investigate motive of the attacker

- It has also left at least 26 people injured and citizens have urged authorities to step up impetus on gun control

At least 20 people have died in the Texas City of El Paso in the US after a gunman descended on a retail store.

Tuko.co.ke has learnt that the attack happened on Saturday, August 3 and detectives have since launched investigations into the incident.

El Paso Walmart shooting: 20 killed in US gun attack

The US has been experiencing a spate of such shootings in the recent past and residents want authorities to be keen on gun control. Photo: UGC
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US President Donald Trump has taken to Twitter and condemned the attack terming it as an act of cowardice directed on the people of the US.

Today’s shooting in El Paso, Texas, was not only tragic, it was an act of 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. Melania and I send our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the great people of Texas," Trump tweeted.

According to US media, one suspect has already be nabbed and he is set to help authorities in the probe. He has been identified as Patrick Crusius, 21.

According to CCTV images captured in the premise, the attacker descended on the shop brandishing an assault style rifle.

He was adorned in a dark T-shirt and ear protectors when he unleashed terror.

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During the attack, the city was thrown in a panic mode but authorities quickly swung into action.

Special teams, security personnel and medics were deployed at the site to help in evacuation and first aid.

"The state of Texas and the Department of Public Safety are assisting the El Paso Police Department as they conduct their investigation. We have deployed troopers, special agents, Texas-Rangers, tactical teams and aircraft to the scene in a support role," State Governor Greg Abbott wrote in a statement midday of Saturday August 3.

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