Source: Army booted Texas mall gunman over mental health
The man accused of killing eight people and wounding several others in a mass shooting at a suburban Dallas shopping mall was discharged from the Army in 2008 because of mental health issues and apparently had been working as a security guard, according to neighbors and an Army official.
El Pasoans remember victims of the Walmart shooting one year later
Isaiah Vale places flowers at a memorial honoring the victims of the Walmart shooting at Ponder Park in El Paso. Ruben Alvarado, originally from Chicago and now living in El Paso, lights candles at a memorial honoring the victims of the Walmart shooting at Ponder Park in El Paso. Briana Vargas for The Texas TribuneA memorial honoring the victims of the Walmart shooting at Ponder Park in El Paso. Joel Angel JuarezFirst: A memorial honoring the victims of the Walmart shooting at Ponder Park in El Paso. Last: From left, Lisa LaFlor and Isaiah Vale, light candles during a vigil honoring the victims of the Walmart shooting.
#ElPasoStrong: Community remembers one-year anniversary of fatal Walmart shooting
EL PASO, TX – The El Paso community is taking a moment to reflect on Sunday, as the city and county remembers the 23 lives lost in a fatal shooting at an area Walmart on Aug. 3, 2019. Related: El Paso marks Walmart shooting anniversary amid pandemicTo honor the 23 lives lost in the shooting, the city of El Paso is offering a series of events from July 30- Aug. 3 in wake of the event’s anniversary. “The mass shooting on August 3, 2019, forever changed the City of El Paso,” The City of El Paso said in a statement posted to social media. These amazing floral art pieces represent each of the 23 victims of the Aug 3 Walmart shooting. pic.twitter.com/kopH7zHecO — andra litton (@tornandra) August 1, 2020Read also:Orphaned toddler that survived El Paso Walmart shooting grows up in shadow of massacre, coronavirusEl Paso Walmart shooting victim dies, death toll now 23
El Paso marks Walmart shooting anniversary amid pandemic
EL PASO, Texas When Stephanie Melendez, her husband and two young daughters tested positive for the coronavirus, the person she most wanted to call was her father. We can't allow a shooter to define who we are, and were not going to allow a virus to define who El Paso is, Samaniego said. El Paso residents describe the friendliness of the city, which has one of the lowest crime rates in the U.S. Authorities say Patrick Crusius confessed to driving to El Paso from his home near Dallas to target Mexicans, and just before the attack posted a racist screed online. Dr. Jose Burgos, who was working as shooting victims arrived at University Medical Center and now helps coordinate care for COVID-19 patients, said his alarm that Hispanics were targeted lingers.
Who should prosecute the El Paso Walmart shooting suspect? A year after the massacre, local and federal prosecutors still face hard decisions
Rosales, an El Paso native who graduated from Austin High School and the University of Texas El Paso, will replace Jaime Esparza — who decided not to seek reelection after nearly three decades in office — in January to become the county's first female district attorney. “I really don’t anticipate this case going to the trial [phase] until, I am guessing, between two to three years,” she said. After sealing her victory in last month's runoff election, Rosales said letting the U.S. attorney’s office prosecute Crusius first would make financial sense for El Paso. Robert Dunham, executive director of the Washington-based Death Penalty Information Center, a non-profit think tank that analyzes the death penalty, said the case could be over quickly if prosecutors took the death penalty off the table. The El Paso shooting happened a day after Abbott's campaign sent out a mailer saying Texans would need to take matters into their “own hands” to “defend” the border.
Lawyer: El Paso shooting suspect has 'mental disabilities'
Patrick Crusius has been diagnosed with severe, lifelong neurological and mental disabilities and was treated with antipsychotic medication following his arrest moments after the massacre in El Paso, his attorneys wrote in a court filing. The court record also states Crusius was in special education for much of his schooling, but does not elaborate on his mental health. Crusius was arrested soon after the Aug. 3 shooting. Soon before the attack, he posted a racist screed online that railed against Hispanics coming to the U.S., according to prosecutors. Federal prosecutors are opposing the request and have said the Attorney General will decide whether to seek the death penalty.
DA: Walmart mass shooting suspect will face new charges
EL PASO, Texas The man accused of killing 22 people at a Walmart in Texas is expected to be reindicted Thursday as he faces another murder charge in the mass shooting that targeted Mexicans, prosecutors said. Patrick Crusius of Allen, Texas, is currently being held without bond on one count of capital murder of multiple people under Texas state law. Esparza said Crusius will also face more counts in relation to the dozens of people injured in the shooting. Were reindicting the defendant to include the additional death and to include all of those injured in the Walmart shooting in order to give the next DA all of their options, Esparza added. Crusius already faces the death penalty on a state capital murder charge to which he pleaded not guilty last year.