Authorities in El Paso, Texas, say Patrick Crusius, the suspected gunman who opened fire at a Walmart and killed 22 people on Sunday, wound up at the store because he was hungry after driving more than 10 hours from the Dallas area.
El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen said Monday that the gunman got lost in a neighborhood before ending up at Walmart ‘because, we understand, he was hungry.’
Allen didn’t elaborate.
The details were some of the first to come out regarding the suspected gunman’s movements in El Paso prior to the shooting Saturday.
Patrick Crusius, 21, has been identified as the gunman who opened fire on a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday, killing at least 22 people and injuring more than two dozen. He is seen right as photographed in the yearbook of Plano Senior High School
Crusius is allegedly the man seen above carrying an assault rifle into a Walmart in El Paso on Saturday
Authorities say Crusius drove 10 hours from his home in Allen, Texas to El Paso and stopped at the Walmart because he was hungry. Mourners pause at a makeshift memorial in front of the Walmart on Monday
Authorities have charged the 21-year-old Crusius with capital murder.
Crusius’ hometown is the affluent Dallas suburb of Allen.
Witnesses said the shooter showed ‘no remorse’ as he unleashed a spray of bullets on the super-store at the Cielo Vista Mall, a popular shopping destination for people both sides of the US-Mexico border.
Among the victims were a grandfather who shielded his wife and nine-year-old granddaughter from a hail of bullets, an Army veteran, a 15-year-old boy and a pair of hero parents who saved their two-month-old son.
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 and revealing that he intended to target Hispanics.
Mexican authorities confirmed that seven Mexican nationals were among those killed.
People pray beside crosses with the names of victims who died in the shooting to a makeshift memorial after the shooting that left 22 people dead at the Cielo Vista Mall WalMart in El Paso, Texas
A police officer walks past a makeshift memorial outside Walmart, near the scene of a mass shooting which left at least 22 people dead
David Johnson, 63, was killed while protecting his wife and nine-year-old granddaughter from gunfire, according to family members.
Johnson’s family got separated from him during the rampage and was initially told that he was receiving medical attention.
When they arrived at the hospital they learned that the person identified as David Johnson was not their loved one, and their search for him continued.
On Sunday the family received confirmation that he was killed.
His wife and granddaughter both returned home safely thanks to his heroic actions.
David Johnson, 63, was killed while protecting his wife and nine-year-old granddaughter from gunfire during the shooting rampage at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday
US Army veteran Arturo Benavides, 60, had been shopping with his wife when gunfire erupted. She managed to escape, but her husband did not.
Several family members posted to social media over Saturday and Sunday looking for information about the man they knew as ‘Turi’. They were heartbroken to learn that he was among the victims.
Benavides’ niece, Jacklin Luna, described her uncle as ‘a strong-willed, caring, giving, and special person’ who well known in the community in the years he spent as a Sun Metro bus driver.
‘He was the person to always give a helping hand, a home to stay, and a meal,’ Luna told
‘He loved each and every one of us in our own ways. Loved oldies on a Sunday morning, sitting out on his chair in the front porch with his dog Milo at his feet.’
Arturo Benavides, 60, has been identified as one of the 22 people killed in Saturday’s shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas
Benavides’ niece, Jacklin Luna (above together), described her uncle as ‘a strong-willed, caring, giving, and special person’ who well known in the community in the years he spent as a Sun Metro bus driver
Jordan and Andre Anchondo
Hero mom Jordan Anchondo, 25, was killed while shielding her two-month-old son from bullets.
She was shopping for back-to-school supplies when the attack happened.
Anchondo’s heartbroken sister Leta Jamrowski said the mother-of-three fell on top of the infant as she was shot. The boy suffered broken bones and 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, 19, told the Associated Press.
‘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.’
Jordan’s husband Andre was also killed in the attack, the family confirmed Sunday.
A friend recalled that he had recently turned his life around after struggles with drug dependence and run-ins with the law.
The friend, Koteiba “Koti” Azzam said: ‘I love the guy. He had the character and the charisma..
Azzam said Anchondo had started a business in El Paso, building things from granite and stone, and made it successful through hard work.
He also was on the verge of completing a home he was building for his family.
In addition to their two-month-old son, the couple also share two daughters.
Jordan Anchondo, 25, was shot dead while shielding her two-month-old son (above together) from gunfire during the massacre
Anchondo’s heartbroken sister Leta Jamrowski revealed she was among the 22 people killed. The 25-year-old victim is seen left and right in photos posted to social media
Jordan’s husband Andre Anchondo (right) was also among the dead
Jordan and Andre Anchondo are seen in a wedding photo from a year ago
Andre Anchondo (above with his two daughters) is still missing as of Sunday afternoon
Angie Englisbee, an 86-year-old grandmother, was also killed, relatives told media.
Her son Will Englisbee told CNN that his brother last spoke to their mother by cell phone while she waited in line at Walmart, just minutes before the shooting.
Her granddaughter Mia told the
Mia said: ‘She was a very strong person, very blunt. It feels like hell — it doesn’t feel real.’
Angie Englisbee, an 86-year-old grandmother, was also killed
Javier Rodriguez, 15, was identified by his aunt, Elvira Rodriguez, on Sunday afternoon.
She shared a photo of the boy on Facebook asking for any information about her nephew, only to follow it up two hours later with a confirmation of his death.
‘Thank you to everybody who helped us search for my nephew. We found him,’ she wrote.
‘I just don’t get why ? I know I’ll never have answers. I’m so confused, hurt, mad!!!!! May you Rest In Peace baby boy!!! We love you so much baby!!!!!’
15-year-old Javier Rodriguez (right), was identified by his aunt on Sunday
A relative shared this image of Javier Rodriguez after the shooting asking if anyone had seen him
Leonardo Campos and Maribel Hernandez
Leonardo Campos Jr and his wife Maribel Hernandez were among those killed in the attack, the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo school district said.
A statement to the
A friend posted on Facebook: ‘Leo, you were a great friend and always with a big heart. We are going to miss you brother.’
Hernandez’s brother told KFOX14 they dropped off their dog at a groomer and then went shopping.
He said he knew something was wrong when the groomer called and said the dog was never picked up.
A family member tracked the GPS on the couple’s vehicle and saw it was in the Walmart parking lot.
Police confirmed on Sunday that both Hernandez and Campos had died.
Leonardo Campos Jr and his wife Maribel Hernandez were among those killed in the attack
A friend posted on Facebook: ‘Leo, you were a great friend and always with a big heart. We are going to miss you brother’
Seven Mexican nationals
Mexican authorities confirmed that seven of their nationals were among those killed.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador confirmed that six others were injured, including Mario de Alba Montes, 45, Olivia Mariscal Rodriguez, 44, and 10-year-old Erika de Alba Mariscal.
Those killed were:
Sara Esther Regalado and Adolfo Cerros Hernández
The children of Sara and Adolfo announced on Facebook that their parents had been killed in the attack.
The children of Sara and Adolfo announced on Facebook that their parents had been killed
Sara Esther Regalado (left) and Adolfo Cerros Hernández (right)
Gloria Irma Márquez
The family of Gloria Irma Marquez confirmed online that she had been killed.
They wrote online: ‘Gloria was a dedicated mother, grandmother and friend.’
Gloria Irma Marquez was a mother and grand mother
Jorge Calvillo García
Jorge Calvillo, of Torreón, Mexico, was one of the first people killed in the shooting when Crusius opened fire on a group of people raising money for his granddaughter Emily’s soccer team.
Calvillo’s nephew Raul Ortega said the grandfather jumped in to shield the young girls from the bullets when he was shot.
His son Luis Calvillo, Emily’s father and coach of the soccer team, was also shot. He is said to be in critical condition.
Jorge Zermeño Infante, the mayor of Jorge Calvillo’s hometown Torreón, confirmed his death, writing on Facebook: ‘God comfort his family and friends, as well as all those affected with this event.’
Jorge Calvillo (left) was one of the first people killed in the shooting when Crusius opened fire on a group of people raising money for his granddaughter Emily’s soccer team
María Eugenia Legarreta Rothe
María Eugenia Legarreta Rothe, originally from Chihuahua, was confirmed killed by her sister, who wrote online: ‘It’s something I can’t assimilate’.
María had reportedly gone to El Paso to pick her daughter up from the airport, but had stopped at Walmart to do some shopping first.
María Eugenia Legarreta Rothe was confirmed killed by her sister
Ivan Filiberto Manzano
Ivan Filiberto Manzano, of Ciudad Juarez, was confirmed killed by by Mexican authorities.
He had two children, aged five and nine.
Ivan Filiberto Manzano was a father of two
Elsa Mendoza de la Mora
Elsa Mendoza de la Mora, of the city of Yepomera, was a teacher and principal of Jaime Torres Bodet Elementary School.
She had gone into the Walmart to buy some items, while her husband and son waited in the car, her family told Mexican newspaper
Former students described her as ‘an excellent teacher loved by all’.
Elsa Mendoza de la Mora was among those killed, it was confirmed
The twenty-minute massacre was the eighth deadliest in US history.
Surveillance video shows a man believed to be Crusius walking in through the front entrance of the Cielo Vista Mall Walmart with an AK47-styled assault rifle.
The gunman, wearing what appears to be ear defenders and cargo pants, first opened fire in the parking lot outside the store, shooting and killing ‘locals that were fundraising outside the Walmart selling water. Children and adults.’
He then walked through the front door in a calm and confident state, as if he was ‘on a mission’, a witness said.
President Donald Trump addressed both the El Paso shooting – and another massacre that took place 13 hours later in Dayton, Ohio, – from the White House on Monday morning.
He described Crusius as a ‘wicked man’ who ‘shot and murdered 20 people and injured 26 others, including precious little children’.
Trump said he is asking the Justice Department to propose legislation to ensure that those who commit hate crimes and mass murders face the death penalty.
Referencing both shootings, the president said: ‘These barbaric slaughters are an assault upon our community.
‘We are outraged and sickened by this monstrous evil. … We are a loving nation and our children are entitled to grow up in a just, peaceful and loving society. Together we lock arms to shoulder the grief.
‘In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy.’
The Dayton shooting took place just after 1am on Sunday, leaving nine people dead and 26 injured.
Antonio Basbo cries while standing next to the cross for his partner Margie Reckard at the make shift memorial for the mass shooting
A man prays beside crosses with the names of victims who died at a makeshift memorial after the shooting that left 22 people dead
A man kneels and prays at the make shift memorial for the mass shooting that happened at a Walmart in El Paso
Patrick Crusius has been described by those who knew him as a short-tempered ‘loner’ with long-held animosity toward Mexican immigrants. The 21-year-old suspect from Allen is seen left in a driver’s license photo and right in the back of a police car after his arrest
Surveillance footage shows the shooter entering the Walmart wielding an AK-47 assault rifle