21-year-old Patrick Crusius [photo], allegedly confessed to opening fire on a Walmart in El Paso, Tex, on Saturday afternoon, killing 20 people and injuring 26 more. Crusius from Allen, a Dallas suburb, has been described by acquaintances as a short-tempered ‘loner’ with long-held animosity toward Mexican immigrants
Patrick Crusius is believed to be the man who opened fire on the Walmart at the Cielo Vista Mall, a popular shopping destination for people both sides of the US-Mexico border, on Saturday afternoon.
Less than 20 minutes before the shooting, Crusius allegedly uploaded a twisted and seething anti-immigrant manifesto to an online forum outlining his sickening motives.
The 2,300-word document titled ‘The Inconvenient Truth’, attributed to the author P._Crusius on one website, opens with the declaration: ‘This attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas. They are the instigators, not me. I am simply defending my country from cultural and ethnic replacement brought on by an invasion.’
Less than 20 minutes before the shooting, Crucius allegedly uploaded a twisted and seething anti-immigrant manifesto [image], to an online forum outlining his sickening motives. When uploading the manifesto to an online forum, he wrote: ‘F*** this is going to be so s*** but I can’t wait any longer. I’m probably going to die today’
Crusius revealed that he intended to target Hispanics in the shooting because they ‘will take control of the local and state government of my beloved Texas’ in a ‘political coup which will hasten the destruction of our country’.
At the end of the document he writes that he expects the media to blame President Donald Trump and his rhetoric for the attack, noting: ‘This is not the case.’
‘My ideology has not changed for several years. My opinions… predate Trump and his campaign for president,’ he writes.
Crusius also wrote that he expected to be killed in a confrontation with police or with one of the ‘invaders’, and that he would rather die than be taken into custody.
The gunman, now identified as 21-year-ol Patrick Crusius , is seen wearing what appears to be either headphones or ear defenders during the shooting on Saturday
One of the 20 victims killed as been identified as 25-year-old Jordan Anchondo, who was shot while shielding her two-month-old son from gunfire.
Her heartbroken sister Leta Jamrowski revealed that Anchondo was shopping for back-to-school supplies when she was killed.
The mother fell on top of her son as she was shot. The boy is being treated in a hospital.
‘From the baby’s injuries, they said that more than likely my sister was trying to shield him,’ Jamrowski said.
‘So when she got shot she was holding him and she fell on him, so that’s why he broke some of his bones.
‘He pretty much lived because she gave her life.’
Jamrowski said she fears her brother-in-law Andre Anchondo was also among the dead because she hasn’t heard from him since the attack.
Crusius reportedly grew up 650 miles east of the shooting site in Allen, a wealthy and mostly-white suburb of Dallas. Police were seem swarming a home believed to belong to him in the wake of the shooting.
A former neighbor of Crusius, Leigh Ann Locascio, said he was ‘very much a loner, very stand-offish’ and ‘didn’t interact a whole lot with anyone’, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Locascio, whose son Tony used to walk to school with Crusius and his sister, said the alleged shooter typically walked ahead or behind them, uninterested in interacting.
‘He wouldn’t talk to people. No one really knew him,’ Tony Locascio said. He recalled that Crusius liked animals and kept pet snakes.
Crusius briefly attended Liberty High School in Frisco and went on to graduate from Plano Senior High School. He enrolled at Collin College, a community college in McKinney, in 2017.
Former classmate Jacob Wilson said Crusius was ‘very strong-minded’ during high school and would try to ‘take charge’ of other students, but many refused to work with him because he was ‘irritable and had a short temper’.
Daniel Heo of Plano, Texas, who attended Beverly Elementary School with Crusius had a very different recollection of the alleged shooter.
Heo said he remembers playing basketball and soccer with Crusius during recess, but they fell out of touch after elementary school.
He told The Times he hadn’t thought about Crusius in years until a friend texted him about the El Paso shooting and said his former classmate was a suspect.
‘I’m shocked. I remember him being a nice kid,’ Heo said.