Images Released of Suspect​ed Shooter Entering Texas Walmart

August 03, 2019 - 4:20 pm

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Authorities believe a deadly attack at or near a shopping mall in El Paso, Texas, was carried out by a single gunman who is in custody.

Police spokesman Robert Gomez says investigators are still trying to determine what happened during Saturday's attack. He says multiple people were shot, but he didn't say how many.

Multiple shooters were also ruled out. 

He said in the press conference initial reports were a rifle being used, but he couldn't confirm that.

City officials have said there were multiple people killed, but they didn't say how many.

State Rep. Cesar Blanco said on MSNBC that he had received reports that at least 18 people had been shot.

NBC News reports that a University Medical Center of El Paso official said it had received at least 10 seriously injured victims and that victims had also been taken to other hospitals.

El Paso, which has about 680,000 residents, is in West Texas and sits across the border from Juarez, Mexico.

In earlier reports Saturday, KTSM 9 News in El Paso was reporting that police-reported sources reported there were 18 people have been killed, as of Saturday afternoon. The public looking for loved ones at the Cielo Vista Mall or Walmart can go to the reunification site at McArthur Middle School.

Police have not confirmed that number yet as of Saturday afternoon.

Also on Saturday afternoon, KTSM 9 News tweeted this:

There's been video released by someone inside the Cielo Vista Mall on the Global News Network Twitter: (Warning: graphic content)

Presidential candidate and former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke says he's distraught by the news of a mass-shooting in his hometown of El Paso, Texas.

An emotional O'Rourke told reporters on Saturday in Las Vegas that he had spoken by phone to El Paso Mayor Dee Margo, the city's sheriff and U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar. He says they were still learning details about the attack at or near the Cielo Vista Mall. Police say multiple people were killedand a male suspect was taken into custody.

O'Rourke said he planned to return home immediately to be with his family. He asked "for everyone's strength for El Paso right now. Everyone's resolve to make sure that this does not continue to happen in this country."

El Paso, which has about 680,000 residents, is in West Texas and sits across the border from Juarez, Mexico.

This story is developing. KNX 1070 contributed to this report.