El Paso Terrorist Admits He Targeted Mexicans As Community Lives In Fear
Authorities said the 21-year-old man accused of carrying out the deadly mass shooting at an El Paso Walmart confessed after surrendering and said he had been targeting Mexicans.
El Paso Detective Adrian Garcia said in an arrest warrant affidavit thatemerged with his hands up from a vehicle stopped at an intersection shortly after last Saturday's attack and told officers, "I'm the shooter."
He said Crusius later waived his Miranda Rights and agreed to speak with detectives, telling them he was targeting Mexicans during his attack.
A racist, anti-immigrant creed believed to be written by Crusius and uploaded to the web forum 8chan expressed concerns about the growing Hispanic population of Texas.
Crusius is being held on capital murder charges, the El Paso County District Attorney's Office said. The District Attorney's office is seeking the death penalty.
Twenty-two people were killed in the attack and about two dozen others were wounded. Eight of the people killed were Mexican nationals.
Since the shooting,they are living in fear.
"I'm scared ... for my children and my grandkids and all of us. I'm scared," Ermelinda Blanco told CBS News.
In a house about 10 minutes from where thehappened, an organisation called Border Network for Human Rights hosted what in Spanish is called a "charla," or a chat, giving a chance for people to talk about their feelings.
"I feel that my heart is broken," said Guillermo Adame, a Mexican immigrant, through a translator.
Adame has lived in El Paso for 50 years. He was on his way to the Walmart the morning of theon Latinos in modern history.
"This individual, he didn't know us," Adame said.
"I'm scared ... for my children and my grand kids and all of us. I'm scared," said Ermelinda Blanco in Spanish.
One woman said her daughter was watching and asking what was happening, but she "didn't know how to explain it to her."
The conversation also turned to President Trump.
"He has been poisoning so many people with what he has been saying and targeting us Latinos when all we do is work," said Epifania Castro in Spanish.