The El Paso Mass Shooting Suspect Has Been Identified — Here’s What We Know

Authorities have identified the alleged gunman who opened fire at an El Paso, Texas mall, leaving more than a dozen people dead. Here’s what we know.

Police sources told multiple outlets that the alleged shooter is Patrick Crusius, a 21-year-old from the Dallas area. He’s believed to be the only suspect in the shooting — and was apparently armed with a rifle.

In the hours after the attack, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter scrubbed or suspended accounts purportedly belonging to Crusius.

Local media in the El Paso area confirmed a surveillance photo of the suspect entering the store at the time of the shooting.

NBC News reported at least 19 people are dead and dozens of others were wounded in the shooting.

CNN reported that authorities are investigating online writings purported to be written by Crusius that may provide a motive to the shooting. A Facebook and Instagram page under the suspect’s name were taken down Saturday by Facebook.

Mediaite also found a Twitter account under that name, which has not tweeted since 2017. The account follows a small number of accounts, including multiple Dallas sports teams and news outlets. The account displays a number of posts praising President Donald Trump and indicating approval of pro-Trump media figures like Charlie Kirk and Bill O’Reilly.

“#BuildTheWall is the best way that @POTUS has worked to secure our country so far!” the account wrote in January 2017.

UPDATE 7:45 p.m.: That Twitter account has now been suspended. An archived version can be seen here.

Crusius was taken into custody Saturday.

UPDATE Sunday: El Paso’s police chief said authorities believe a video posted to Facebook shows the suspect being arrested.

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