Last updated on May 7, 2020
El Paso, Texas — Mexico’s president Andrés Manuel López Obrador sent his condolences to the friends and families of the Mexican nationals killed in the Saturday morning shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas.
In his message, the president reported that at least three Mexicans died in the mass shooting that killed 20 and injured another 26 when a lone gunman entered the store and opened fire.
The shopping mall massacre happened at a Walmart store in the vicinity of the city’s Cielo Vista Mall at 10:39 a.m. El Paso time, which was filled with back-to-school shoppers.
CCTV footage shows the lone gunman entering the store and opening fire. Texas state Governor Greg Abbott described it as “one of the most deadly days in the history of Texas”.
U.S. media have identified the gunman as 21-year-old Patrick Crusius who police say lived in Allen, Dallas about 650 miles (1,046 km) east of El Paso.
Mexico’s president López Obrador added that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Consulate of Mexico in El Paso are addressing the matter.
“My condolences to the relatives and friends of the victims, and our support, our solidarity to the American people, to the United States government. We will give full attention to our nationals. That is the instruction I have given to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Consul of Mexico in El Paso,” he added.
This latest shooting rampage in the U.S. was the second in less than 14 hours when another mass shooting occurred in Dayton, Ohio. Early Sunday morning, a lone gunman opened fire around 1:00 a.m. in the city’s busy downtown Oregon District killing nine and injuring 26.
Less than a week ago, another gunman killed three people at a California food festival.
The El Paso shooting is said to be the 250th and the eighth-deadliest in modern U.S. history, with officials noting that five of the top-10 deadliest shootings in U.S. history have occurred since 2016.