Patrick Crusius, 21, told the police he tried to kill as many Mexicans as he could at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas
The El Paso gunman stopped at a Walmart where 22 innocent people were gunned down because he was lost and hungry, say police.
Patrick Crusius, 21, is accused of targeting Hispanics and immigrants in Saturday’s mass shooting in the city on the US border with Mexico.
He stopped at the store after travelling about 11 hours to El Paso, Texas, from his home in the Dallas suburb of Allen, more than 600 miles away.
The gunman stopped for food and cased the store looking for Mexicans to kill, and later told police following his arrest that he set out to kill as many Mexicans as he could, it is claimed.
Prosecutors will seek the death penalty if Crusius is convicted of capital murder in a case that is being treated as domestic terrorism and a possible hate crime. El Paso Police
Chief Greg Allen told reporters: “As soon he got here he was lost in the neighbourhood. After that, he found his way to the store because we understand he was hungry and that’s about as far as I can go without getting into too much detail.”
Crusius, a student at Collin College, had lived with his grandparents in Allen until six weeks before the massacre.
Saturday’s shooting happened a week after three people were killed in a mass shooting at a food festival in Gilroy, California, and just 13 hours before a gunman killed nine people in a busy bar district in Dayton, Ohio.
The atrocities have touched off a new furore over gun violence in the United States.
Before the slaughter, the gunman allegedly cased the store without his weapons while looking for Mexicans to kill, a source told ABC NEWS.
The gunman fired indiscriminately at victims outside the store before going inside and gunning down more victims, according to police.
US President Donald Trump plans to visit the city on Wednesday. He also plans to visit Dayton, Ohio, where nine people were gunned down in a mass shooting just 13 hours after the El Paso rampage.
Police in El Paso said the suspect, armed with an assault rifle and wearing headphones or ear protection, surrendered to officers who confronted him outside the store.
It is believed he used a WASR-10 rifle, a variant of the AK-47.
Source: CBS News