US Mass Shootings: Ohio attack suspect may have had up to 250 rounds of ammunition
Updated 17:26, 06-Aug-2019
The death toll has risen in the two separate shootings in the US states of Texas and Ohio this weekend. The latest from the investigation into Sunday's Ohio shooting... suggests the suspect may have had up to 250 rounds of ammunition. This means there could have been a far greater number of casualties, if his rampage hadn't been cut short by police. In El Paso, Texas, the death toll of Saturday's Walmart shooting has climbed to twenty-two after two more victims succumbed to their injuries on Monday. The number is likely to rise as a medical center says one victim is still in critical condition. CGTN's Dan Williams has more from El Paso.
El Paso is a city, a community united in grief. But as this makeshift shrine continues to grow, so does the death toll following Saturday's horrific attack.
This is now the scene of one of America's worst mass shootings. Although, El Paso-born Beto O'Rourke - candidate to become the Democratic party's presidential nominee - says the community remains strong.
BETO O'ROURKE US PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE "We are not afraid. We are strong. We are confident. We are hopeful. We are courageous. And that's El Paso."
Among those who witnessed the attack was Jimmy Villatoro.
JIMMY VILLATORO EYEWITNESS "It was crazy. There was just bodies, people running out of the store. There was deceased bodies on the floor. It was horrendous."
DAN WILLIAMS EL PASO, TEXAS "This is a community that has only begun the process of mourning. But as the shock wears off, there is anger too. A community ranked one of ten safest cities in America is asking itself why it was targeted with such hate."
Police are continuing to probe what led 21-year-old suspect Patrick Crusius to drive more than 1,000 kilometers from a suburb of Dallas to El Paso to carry out this attack.
Authorities are investigating a 'white nationalist' manifesto posted on a far-right message board. Believed to be written by the suspect, the document detailed his hatred for immigrants, saying the attack was in response, for what he describes was 'a Hispanic invasion of Texas'.
"In my opinion, I don't feel safe anymore. It is hard. I have never seen it so close. I live on the borderland. I feel safer in Juarez, at this point."
"I am pretty sure I am not the only Latino in the United States who is an actual American citizen - or an immigrant for that matter - that feels scared. I am telling you, it could have been any one of us."
"Rourke is among those who feel President Trump shoulders some of the responsibility. O'Rourke says Trump has repeatedly targeted the Mexican community at his rallies."
BETO O'ROURKE US PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE "Everyone regardless of their party affiliation, regardless of any difference must put this country first and call the President out for what he is doing and make sure that we end this."
It has been a deadly weekend across America. A weekend that, once again, appears to have exposed this nation's toxic racial divide. Dan Williams, CGTN, El Paso Texas.