Multiple People Have Been Shot Dead At A Shopping Centre In El Paso
A gunman has shot and killed multiple people at a shopping centre in El Paso, Texas, USA, police have confirmed.
Three people are in custody and there is no longer an active shooter.
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick told Fox News that between 15 and 20 people were shot, though he did not indicate how many were fatally injured.
El Paso Police Department responded to reports of a shooting at Cielo Vista Mall just before 11am local time.
The force earlier issued a series of tweets, advising people to stay away from the area:
Active Shooter in area of Hawkins and Gateway East. Scene is still active avoid the area. RG limited information.- EL PASO POLICE DEPT (@EPPOLICE) August 3, 2019
Active Shooting Stay away from Cielo Vista Mall Area. Scene is Still Active.- EL PASO POLICE DEPT (@EPPOLICE) August 3, 2019
Scene is still Active. We have multi reports of multiple shooters. Please avoid area police conducting search of a very large area. Media staging will be given when area is secure.- EL PASO POLICE DEPT (@EPPOLICE) August 3, 2019
Witness Vanessa Saenz told Fox News she saw a woman fall to the ground.
She said: "All of a sudden you heard what sounded like fireworks, really loud fireworks.
"You could hear the pops, one right after another and at that point as I was turning, I saw a lady, seemed she was coming out of Walmart, headed to her car. She had her groceries in her cart and I saw her just fall."
Fire medical with at Walmart active shooter event at Cielo Vista Mall. Police still inside. pic.twitter.com/P6zsjwVN0n- mark lambie (@LambieMark) August 3, 2019
In El Paso, the Texas Dept. of Public Safety is assisting local law enforcement & federal authorities to bring this tragedy to the swiftest & safest possible conclusion.- Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) August 3, 2019
We thank all First Responders for their courageous response & urge all area residents to remain safe. https://t.co/H6UDwu81SY
Walmart has issued a statement regarding the shooting.
The statement read: "We're in shock over the tragic events at Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, where store 2201 & club 6502 are located. We're praying for the victims, the community & our associates, as well as the first responders. We're working closely with law enforcement & will update as appropriate."
President Donald Trump has been briefed about the shooting, White House deputy press secretary Steven Groves said.
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