El Paso fatal mass shooting at shopping mall: Here's what we know

A 21-year-old man was taken into custody after police responded to an active shooter scene at the Cielo Vista Mall.
A 21-year-old man was taken into custody after police responded to an active shooter scene at the Cielo Vista Mall.(WVLT)
Published: Aug. 3, 2019 at 7:50 PM EDT
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- Twenty people were killed, dozens others injured after a shooter went on a rampage Saturday at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said


reports a white male suspect identified as Patrick Crusius, 21, taken into custody without incident

- At least 22 people hospitalized, including one who died; 9 in critical but stable condition; one patient is 4 months old

The suspect, who was captured on surveillance video entering the Walmart, has been identified as 21-year-old Patrick Crusius, CBS News has confirmed. Sergeant Robert Gomez, a police spokesman, said the suspect was taken into custody "without incident" and there was no longer danger to the public.

Gomez said he thinks most of the victims were shot at the Walmart in the shopping complex. He said the store was packed with as many as 3,000 people during the busy back-to-school shopping season.

Earlier, El Paso police tweeted they had received reports of "multiple shooters" but they later said they did not believe there was more than one gunman. Police also said reports of a shooting at another location were "false."

University of Medical Center of El Paso told CBS News it had also received 11 shooting victims, including one who died. They said a 4-month-old child was among the patients it was treating.

Hospital spokesman Ryan Mielke said all of the victims suffered traumatic injuries in Saturday's attack. He declined to provide additional details about the victims, including the one who died. Mielke said two children, ages 2 and 9, were stabilized at the medical center before being transferred to the neighboring El Paso Children's Hospital.

Del Sol Medical Center told CBS News it was treating 11 patients from the shooting. It said seven were in critical condition, and two were stable. The patients ranged in age from 35 to 42.

Alden Hall told CBSN he was in the Walmart when he saw the shooter wearing a black T-shirt, black glasses and "military-grade" ear muffs. Hall, who served in the military, said he thinks the gunman had an AK-47.

Hall said the gunman shot at him and another man, who fell on the ground. He said he saw 13 people injured and one who he thinks was shot dead. Hall shot video of the parking lot outside the store, showing first responders transporting injured people in shopping carts.

Witness Ray Holguin told CBS News that he was about to go into the Walmart when he heard more than 10 gunshots. He said he saw at least one person, an elderly lady, fall to the ground, but he's not sure if she was shot.

Details of the shooting were still emerging but many people took to social media to report information and post video.

WATCH: El Paso Police update on the mass shooting today.

Posted by WVLT on Saturday, August 3, 2019
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