US shooting suspect charged with murder

Texas, August 5

Texas prosecutors charged a man with capital murder for fatally shooting 20 people at a Walmart store in El Paso, one of two weekend shooting sprees that prompted US President Donald Trump on Monday to condemn white supremacy and violent video games. 

Texas Governor Greg Abbott said Saturday’s rampage in the heavily Hispanic border city appeared to be a hate crime and federal prosecutors called it domestic terrorism. 

Police cited a racist, anti-immigrant manifesto posted online shortly before the shooting, which they attributed to the suspect, Patrick Crusius, as evidence that the bloodshed was racially motivated. A Texas prosecutor said the state will seek the death penalty against Crusius if he is found guilty. It was the second of three separate public shooting sprees carried out in the US in the span of a week. 

The dense cluster of massacres prompted fresh cries of alarm in a country accustomed to reports of young men gunning down strangers. 

“In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy,” Trump said from the White House, calling the gunman “wicked” and criticising blaming the Internet and violent video games for fostering violence. “It is too easy today for troubled youth to surround themselves with a culture that celebrates violence,” Trump said, a day after Democratic candidates for next year’s presidential election called for stricter gun laws and accused the President of stoking racial tensions.   

State prosecutors have charged Crusius, a 21-year-old white man, with capital murder, according to the County of El Paso’s state court website. —Reuters