Gunman kills 20 at Texas Walmart store in latest US mass shooting

Walmart employees react after an active shooter opened fire at the store in El Paso Texas Saturday Aug. 3 2019

Walmart employees react after an active shooter opened fire at the store in El Paso Texas Saturday Aug. 3 2019. AAP

EL PASO, Tx - Multiple people were killed in a shooting at a WalMart in El Paso, Texas on Saturday and more than one suspect was in custody, an official said, after panicked shoppers fled in the latest us mass shooting. On Sunday, a teenage gunman opened fire with a an assault-style rifle on the crowd at a food festival in Northern California, killing three people before fatally shooting himself.

Law enforcement officials have said a 21-year-old Dallas-area man named Patrick Crusius is in custody in the shooting.

"The scene was a horrific one", said El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen, who described many of those hurt as having life-threatening injuries. One suspect is in custody.

He said he saw a number of children running around without their parents, and that he and another man picked up roughly three apiece and hauled them out of the mall. Police later said they believed the suspect was the "sole shooter" but were continuing to investigate reports that others were involved.

El Paso, which has about 680,000 residents, is in West Texas and sits across the border from Juarez, Mexico.

Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said three Mexicans were among the dead.

Shoppers exit with their hands up after a mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas.

Details of how the shooting unfolded were not immediately clear. "I know that's a very peaceful place, among the least-violent cities in the United States", he said in a video posted on Twitter. One shopper told Reuters the gunshots sounded like they began outside the building. Harrowing videos have emerged on social media showing lifeless bodies lying outside and inside the store, as well as people taking cover inside the shop.

El Paso police tweeted Saturday that officers were responding to an active shooting scene and that people were advised to stay away from the Cielo Vista Mall area.

"There is a fraternal coexistence between those who live in Ciudad Juarez and El Paso", he said.

The images showed a young man wearing eyeglasses, khaki pants and a dark T-shirt, wielding an assault-style rifle. "There are no reasons or excuses that will ever justify killing innocent people", he wrote on Twitter. Before the wall project started, El Paso had been rated one of the three safest major US cities going back to 1997.

University Medical Center of El Paso received 13 patients, including one who died, hospital spokesperson Ryan Mielke told CNN.

The recently turned 21-year-old has been identified by the USA media as the sole gunman of the shooting at Walmart store near the Cielo Vista Mall on Saturday.

Witnesses said the gunman appeared to be shooting at random when he opened fire around 10:30 am. "Ambulance! Help!" people cried as they rushed to the victims.

Her husband, Kendall, said the sound of gunfire seemed to move indoors after initial shots that he heard coming from outside.

Long and her husband sprinted through a stock room at the back of the store before sheltering with other customers in a steel container in a shipping area.

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