The Latest: Discrepancies Between US, Mexico Victim Lists

Aug 6, 2019
10:20 AM

Daphne Rosas, a former sixth grade student of teacher Elsa Mendoza de la Mora, one of the victims of the shooting at a Walmart store in El Paso, shows her class photo outside the school where Mendoza worked in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Monday, Aug. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The Latest on a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas (all times local):

7:55 p.m.

Police in El Paso, Texas, have identified the 22 people killed in the weekend mass shooting at a Walmart store, but there are some discrepancies between that list and one the Mexican government released.

El Paso police spokesman Sgt. Enrique Carrillo said the discrepancies could be due to the difference between U.S. identifications, such as driver’s licenses, and Mexican official names.

Mexico’s foreign secretary, Marcelo Ebrard, began releasing the names of Mexicans who died in the shooting on Sunday. He has said that eight of the 22 were citizens of Mexico.

There are various discrepancies between the two lists, including the nationalities of victims and the spelling of some names.

Most of the slain victims had Latino surnames.

Authorities are scrutinizing a racist, anti-immigrant screed posted online shortly before the attack.


7:05 p.m.

Two Latin American governments with U.S. travel advisories have warned of the dangers of visiting the United States after two mass shootings over the weekend left more than 30 people dead.

Uruguay’s Foreign Ministry urged citizens who travel to the U.S. to take “extreme precautions.”

In a release, the ministry said U.S. authorities can’t prevent the shootings because of “indiscriminate possession of firearms” and advised Uruguayans to avoid large public events including shopping centers, art and food festivals, and religious gatherings.

The U.S. State Department downgraded Uruguay’s travel status Friday from “normal precaution” to “increased caution” because of increased crime.

Venezuela’s Foreign Ministry also issued a statement suggesting that its citizens “postpone travel” to the U.S. in light of “violence and indiscriminate hate crimes.”

The U.S has warned its citizens against any travel to Venezuela.


6:35 p.m.

A list of the 22 people who died in a weekend shooting rampage at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, shows that most of the victims had Latino surnames and included one German national.

Locals bring flowers, stuffed animals, candles and posters to honor the memory of the victims of the mass shooting occurred in Walmart on Saturday morning in El Paso on Sunday, August 4, 2019. (Lola Gomez/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

The names released by authorities Monday come two days after an attack that Justice Department officials say could warrant hate crime charges. A racist, anti-immigrant screed posted shortly before the shooting began Saturday expressed concern that an influx of Hispanics into the United States will replace aging white voters.

El Paso police say 15 people remain hospitalized, including two still in critical condition.


4:45 p.m.

Authorities in El Paso, Texas, say the suspected gunman who opened fire at a Walmart and killed 22 people wound up at the store 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. Authorities have charged 21-year-old Patrick Crusius with capital murder.

Crusius’ hometown is the affluent Dallas suburb of Allen.

The police chief said the gun used in the shooting was legally purchased near the suspect’s hometown.


4:25 p.m.

The mayor of El Paso says President Donald Trump will visit the city Wednesday following a weekend mass shooting that killed 22 people.

The White House hasn’t announced the trip but the Federal Aviation Administration has advised pilots of a presidential visit that day to El Paso and Dayton, where a second-weekend shooting left nine people dead.

El Paso Mayor Dee Margo says he’s “already getting emails and phone calls” about welcoming Trump to town. Democratic lawmakers and some residents have said Trump isn’t welcome in the largely Latino border city based on his past anti-immigrant rhetoric.

Authorities are scrutinizing a racist, anti-immigrant screed posted online shortly before the attack. Trump on Monday condemned racism and bigotry while addressing the nation for the first time since the shooting.


4 p.m.

The man suspected of shooting dozens of people in El Paso, Texas, says he has been unemployed for five months.

Patrick Crusius says in his application for a public defender that he has no income, assets or expenses and that he has been living with his grandparents. The document was filed with the El Paso County district clerk’s office Sunday and appears to indicate that the 21-year-old Crusius qualifies for a court-appointed attorney.

Police shut down streets around Crusius’ grandparents’ home in the Dallas suburb of Allen in the hours after the mass shooting more than 600 miles (965 kilometers) away. The FBI says agents searched their home and two other homes where Crusius had stayed.

Larry and Cynthia Brown said in a statement read by a family friend that their grandson moved out six weeks ago.


3:50 p.m.

Mexico’s foreign secretary, Marcelo Ebrard, says the Mexican government considers the mass shooting at a Texas Walmart to be an act of terrorism against Mexican citizens on U.S. soil.

Ebrard said at a news conference Monday that eight of the 22 people killed in Saturday’s attack in El Paso were Mexican nationals, as were six of the roughly two dozen people who were wounded.

He says he’s been meeting with U.S. law enforcement and will forward what he has learned to Mexico’s attorney general on Tuesday. Ebrard also says Mexico will participate in the investigation and trial of the man suspected of carrying out the attack.

Authorities are investigating the attack as a possible hate crime aimed at immigrants.


3:30 p.m.

The governor of the Mexican state of Chihuahua says the attack at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, was an “act of hate” against immigration, particularly immigration from Latin America.

Chihuahua state Gov. Javier Corral Jurado told reporters outside of the Mexican consulate in El Paso on Monday that the Mexican government may approach Saturday’s mass shooting as an act of terrorism.

He says there’s a growing “discriminatory and racist current” in the U.S. and that “we are living with the consequences of not stopping this narrative of hate.”

He says he has been meeting with Mexicans who were wounded in the attack and relatives of Mexicans who were killed. He says eight of the 22 people killed were Mexican citizens, including six from the state of Chihuahua, which is across the border from El Paso.


11:30 a.m.

The U.S. Border Patrol has re-opened its inland checkpoints around El Paso, Texas, after closing them for several months due to staffing shortages.

The re-openings were announced Monday as El Paso grapples with the aftermath of a mass shooting that left more than 20 people dead. Authorities are investigating links between the suspected gunman and a racist, anti-immigrant screed that was posted online.

Amid fears that immigrants in the U.S. illegally might not seek help after the shooting, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced it wouldn’t do any enforcement at area hospitals or shelters.

The re-opened checkpoints are used by Border Patrol agents to check vehicles coming north for human or drug smuggling. The agency closed them in March because agents were needed to process and detain surging numbers of migrant parents and children.


10:45 a.m.

A hospital official says another victim of the weekend mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, has died.

Dr. Stephen Flaherty, of the Del Sol Medical Center, says the patient was one of two victims of Saturday’s attack to die at the hospital on Monday. Police earlier announced the death of one of the patients.

People pray a makeshift memorial for victims of a mass shooting at a shopping complex Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

The new deaths bring the death toll from the attack to 22. Roughly two dozen other people were wounded.

The attack happened hours before a separate mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, in which nine people were killed and others were wounded.


9:45 a.m.

Authorities say another person has died from a weekend mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, raising the death toll in that attack to 21.

El Paso police tweeted that the latest victim died early Monday morning at a hospital. No other details were immediately provided.

More than two dozen people were wounded in the attack. The suspected gunman, 21-year-old Patrick Crusius, has been booked on capital murder charges.

Speaking from the White House on Monday, President Donald Trump condemned the El Paso mass shooting and another in Dayton, Ohio, hours later in his first public remarks since the attacks.


12:15 a.m.

Federal and state authorities continue to investigate the mass shooting at an El Paso, Texas, Walmart that left 20 people dead and more than two dozen others injured.

Police said Sunday that all bodies have been removed from the store and its parking lot, and that the attack did not spread to other nearby shopping areas. Police Sgt. Robert Gomez says most of the victims were inside the store.

Twenty-one-year-old Patrick Wood Crusius of Allen, Texas, has been booked on capital murder charges and jailed without bond. KDFW-TV reports his grandparents issued a statement Sunday saying they were “devastated” by the rampage.

Allen is more than 600 miles (965 kilometers) from where Saturday’s rampage occurred. The FBI says the suspect didn’t have any contacts in El Paso.

Detectives are also trying to determine with a racist, anti-immigrant screed posted online shortly before Saturday’s shooting was written by Crusius.