El Paso shooter likely to be deemed domestic terrorist following discovery of racist manifesto
The 21-year-old gunman who opened fire in an El Paso Walmart Saturday afternoon will likely be deemed a domestic terrorist following the discovery of his racist manifesto posted online.
A 10-year old girl in Texas has died after she contracted a brain-eating amoeba.
According to ABC 13, Lily Mae Avant died on Monday morning. Her family said that she started feeling sick and became unresponsive while her eyes were open.
Doctors and members of the Centers for Disease Control are trying to figure out how she contracted the amoeba.
They are seeing if she contracted the amoeba when she went swimming in a nearby lake on Labour Day.
“For this to happen to her when there were so many other people in the same waters on the same days, we just don’t understand why it was her,” Lily’s aunt Wendy Scott told KWTX.
Lily’s family released a statement upon her death.
“At this time, our baby is completely healed and in the arms of Jesus. We want everyone to know we appreciate their prayers and love and support. Our Lily Mae changed lives and brought unity to a divided nation. It’s just like her! She loved everyone, and people felt it even through TV or Facebook. She taught us so much more than we ever taught her. Thank you guys for being so respectful to the family during this time and please have the country continue to pray for our family. Especially mom and dad.”
Doctors say that anyone who contracts this dangerous parasite dies within three to five days.
A spokesman for the Texas Department of Health says the amoeba is present in freshwater all over the country.
The amoeba is called Naegleria fowleri.
A mass shooting has been prevented, this time by a concerned grandma in Texas who coaxed her grandson, 19-year-old William Patrick Williams, into seeking medical help.
“The U.S. Attorney’s Office of Northern Texas says the grandmother, who has not been identified, was instrumental in preventing a mass shooting at a hotel in Lubbock, Texas, on July 13,” reports Global News.
“This was a tragedy averted,” says U.S. Attorney Nealy Cox. “I want to praise the defendant’s grandmother, who saved lives by interrupting this plot.”
Williams has been alleged to have stockpiled an AK-47 rifle, 17 magazines of ammunition, and several knives inside a hotel room in preparation for what was to come. Authorities say he was planning a “homicidal and suicidal” mass shooting from his hotel room, very much in the same vein as the Las Vegas shooting in 2017.
The suspect confessed his plans to his grandmother, telling her about his newly acquired armory and that he was going to “shoot up” a hotel and “then commit suicide by cop.”
“His grandmother heard him out, then offered him another option: She would come down to the hotel and meet him in person, then take him to a hospital for treatment,” reports Global News.
“The suspect ultimately agreed to his grandmother’s plan and gave up on his own. He set aside his gun and laid out all of his armaments on the hotel bed, then checked into the hospital with his grandmother at his side.”
He was arrested immediately upon his release and now faces one charge of making false statements to a federally licensed firearms dealer as he listed a relative’s address instead of his own to acquire the AK-47. If convicted, this charge carries a sentence of up to 5 years, but it could have been much worse.
“Police later entered the suspect’s hotel room and found his weapons laid out on the bed. They also found a black trench coat, black tactical pants, gloves and a black T-shirt with the words “Let ‘Em Come” written across the front, according to the attorney’s office,” reports Global News.
Williams purchased his weapon on July 11 and appeared in court on August 2. Luckily, the grandmother was able to talk her grandson out of his plans as as the U.S. has already been struggling to cope with the most recent mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso.
Multiple victims have been shot at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. Police warn the scene is still active and reports suggest there may be multiple shooters.
UPDATE: New reports from law enforcement have confirmed that at least 20 are now dead and 26 are injured. This number may fluctuate as new reports come in or if some of the injured succumb to their wounds.
1 suspect is in custody. A second was also arrested, but it is not known if this person was in anyway involved in the shooting.
The suspect has been identified as a white 21-year-old male from the Dallas area.
Security footage shows that the suspect appears to be wielding an AK47 and wearing ear protection.
Video acquired by CNN shows people fearfully fleeing the scene of the shopping center.
Police have warned citizens via Twitter to stay away from the area surrounding Cielo Vista Mall and are currently on scene conducting investigations and attempting to deescalate the situation.
Three employees have taken refuge in a nearby Landry’s Seafood house and are now out of harms way, reports CNN.
“We never thought it would be so close to us this time. You see on the news all the time, but you don’t think it could happen here until it does.” restaurant manager Oscar Collazo told CNN.
Shops in the area are now on lock down and Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-Texas has left an “hour into a town hall meeting at Coronado High School 15 miles from the mall.”
“FBI crews are coordinating with El Paso police to respond to the incident, and Texas Governor Greg Abott tweeted Saturday afternoon that the Texas Dept. of Public Safety would be assisting local law enforcement “to bring this tragedy to the swiftest possible conclusion,” reports Global News.
This is breaking news and will be updated.
According to local RCMP, reports came in at 10:30 a.m PST of gun shots, immediately putting local authorities on high alert.
Renate Winter, the wife of 71-year-old Rudi Winter who died in the shooting, said the spree was likely linked to a neighbourhood dispute.
She said that she and her husband lived on Cornwall Drive alongside the estranged wife of the suspected shooter.
According to the Vancouver Sun, only an hour after the first gunshots, a 60-year-old man turned himself in to the RCMP and remained in custody, with homicide charges pending.
“From an investigative perspective, we are glad that he did that, that the community isn’t on pins and needles,” said Supt. Ted De Jager to reporters.
“We’re still trying to find the motive for this whole incident, so that’s part of the ongoing investigation. Indications right now are that all four were targeted.”
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