El Paso police say there’s an active shooter in a local mall 

El Paso police are advising the public to stay away from a local Walmart because of an active shooter.

A local NBC affiliate, KTSM-TV, is reporting that at least 18 people were shot, though the extent of their injuries is uknown. 

‘Active Shooting Stay away from Cielo Vista Mall Area. Scene is Still Active,’ the police department tweeted on Saturday.

Earlier on Saturday, the police tweeted: ‘Active Shooter in area of Hawkins and Gateway East.’

Hawkins and Gateway are two streets that flank the Walmart. El Paso police later confirmed that the active shooter was inside a Walmart, according to USA Today

At least three other businesses in the area are also on lockdown, including a Red Lobster franchise and a Hooter’s location, CNN is reporting.  

El Paso police say there is an active shooter at a local Walmart (seen in the above stock image) near the Cielo Vista Mall

El Paso police say there is an active shooter at a local Walmart (seen in the above stock image) near the Cielo Vista Mall

El Paso police say there is an active shooter at a local Walmart (seen in the above stock image) near the Cielo Vista Mall

'Active Shooting Stay away from Cielo Vista Mall Area. Scene is Still Active,' the police department tweeted on Saturday

'Active Shooting Stay away from Cielo Vista Mall Area. Scene is Still Active,' the police department tweeted on Saturday

‘Active Shooting Stay away from Cielo Vista Mall Area. Scene is Still Active,’ the police department tweeted on Saturday

Earlier on Saturday, the police tweeted: 'Active Shooter in area of Hawkins and Gateway East.' Hawkins and Gateway are two streets that flank the Walmart. El Paso police later confirmed that the active shooter was inside a Walmart

Earlier on Saturday, the police tweeted: 'Active Shooter in area of Hawkins and Gateway East.' Hawkins and Gateway are two streets that flank the Walmart. El Paso police later confirmed that the active shooter was inside a Walmart

Earlier on Saturday, the police tweeted: ‘Active Shooter in area of Hawkins and Gateway East.’ Hawkins and Gateway are two streets that flank the Walmart. El Paso police later confirmed that the active shooter was inside a Walmart

Evan McMorris-Santoro, a reporter for the Vice news site, tweeted that he was at a town hall event for House Rep. Veronica Escobar when it was shut down due to the situation nearby.

Morris-Santoro clarified that the scene was ‘not close to us.’ 

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