UPDATED: Authorities Treating Texas Mall Shooting As Domestic Terrorism

The weighted hate-crime charges could carry the death penalty

August 5th

United States Authorities treating the deadly El Paso, Texas shooting as a domestic terrorism case.

The weighted hate-crime charges against the suspected gunman could carry the death penalty.

A local prosecutor announced that he would file capital murder charges, declaring that the alleged assailant had “lost the right to be among us.”

The attack Saturday was followed less than a day later by another shooting that claimed nine lives in a nightlife district of Dayton.

August 4th

At least 20 people are dead, dozens more injured after a mass shooting at a shopping mall in Texas.

A male suspect is in custody.

Police responded to reports Saturday of the gunfire at a Walmart near Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso.

In a tweet, El Paso police confirmed an “active shooter” and urged people to avoid the area.

Witness Rey Holgin told CBS News that he was about to go into the Walmart when he heard at least 10 gunshots.

He said he thought he saw at least two people with guns.

Holgin told CBS News that he saw at least one person, an elderly lady, fall to the ground, but he’s not sure if she was shot.

Walmart released a statement, saying it was working with law enforcement and “praying for the victims, the community & our associates, as well as the first responders.”

banner image via Walmart security video