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The details are pouring in regarding the El Paso shooter, as the individual in custody is a follower of alt-right media and supporter of Donald Trump’s wall with Mexico. A manifesto online supports this mentality.
Numerous outlets are reporting the suspect that killed at least 20 people in El Paso as 21-year-old Patrick Crusius. While authorities have yet to officially name Crusius as the suspect, the Chief of the El Paso Police Chief confirmed earlier reports that they’re looking at a manifesto that the suspect posted shortly before the shooting.
A law enforcement official in El Paso told me the Walmart shooter is in custody. Patrick Crusius of Dallas. Just turned 21 years old this week. pic.twitter.com/CEJh6rYij1
— Anna Giaritelli (@Anna_Giaritelli) August 3, 2019
The four-page document posted on 4chan and 8chan is easily found. Titled “The Inconvenient Truth,” the document is an anti-immigrant screed that takes particular aim at the Hispanic community and expresses support for the Christchurch, New Zealand, shooter who opened fire at two mosques in March and killed 51 people. “In general, I support the Christchurch shooter and his manifesto. This attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas. They are the instigators, not me. I am simply defending my country from cultural and ethnic replacement brought on by an invasion,” the report states.
The writer of the alleged manifesto went into details regarding the shooting, and the weapons he selection, but noted that he “didn’t spend much time at all preparing for this attack,” claiming he had to “do this before I lose my nerve.”
The social media accounts of Cruisius have since been taken down, but the suspect purportedly followed a pile of alt-right content. According to Slate he previously “liked tweets bound under the #BuildtheWall hashtag as well as “a photo using guns to spell out ‘Trump,’ and posts from Paul Joseph Watson, a far-right Youtuber who works with Alex Jones at InfoWars,” notes the Southern Poverty Law Centre.”
Again, per Slate, “Crusius’ last known address was in Allen, Texas, which is a suburb of Dallas. It isn’t clear if Crusius had a connection to El Paso or whether he travelled the 660 miles between the two cities specifically to carry out the shooting. Texas state Rep. Jeff Leach confirmed Crusius lived in Allen and graduated from Plano Senior High in 2017. Collin College, a community college in the area, issued a statement confirming that a student named Patrick Crusius was enrolled from fall 2017 through spring 2019.”
— Collin College (@collincollege) August 3, 2019