El Paso attack: Suspect's mother 'phoned police before shooting'

El Paso attack: Suspect's mother 'phoned police before shooting'”

Singer Eric Keyes, a Texas singer who was shot in 2012, told the celebrity news site that his therapist is the El Paso suspect's father, Bryan Crusius.

The 21-year-old man accused of carrying out the deadly mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, confessed after surrendering and said he had been targeting Mexicans, US police said.

Twenty minutes before the massacre, Crusius is said to have posted a white supremacist manifesto online saying the shooting was in response to an "invasion" of Hispanics coming across the southern border. He has been charged with capital murder and is being held without bond at the El Paso County Detention Facility. Federal prosecutors say they're weighing hate-crime charges.

"I'm the shooter", Crusius told police when they apprehended him, according to the Post's account of the affidavit written by Detective Adrian Garcia on Sunday, one day after the shooting.

But her lawyers said a public safety officer told her, based on her description of the situation, her son was legally allowed to buy the gun.

In addition to the 22 people killed, more than 20 were wounded in the attack.

On Friday, President Donald Trump, who travelled to El Paso earlier this week, pledged to take a "serious" look at passing new gun control measures to strengthen the background check system.

But at another funeral on Thursday for Elsa Mendoza, a Juárez elementary school principal killed in the El Paso attack, her brother couldn't help but draw a line between the killing of his sister and Trump's rhetoric.

It is not clear if the weapon used in the attack was the same one the suspect's mother contacted police about.

The police official who spoke with Crusius's mother did inquire if the person in question was "suicidal or have they made any threats towards any other person?" and the mother indicated he had not, police said.

Investigators say Crusius drove over 10 hours from his hometown near Dallas to carry out the shooting in the border city of El Paso, which is overwhelmingly Hispanic.

"Not only did El Paso bear the brunt of this hatred and this racism perpetrated not just by white nationalists and terrorists and Klansmen and neo-Nazis but by the very president of the United States of America himself", O'Rourke told the crowd on Saturday.

"Patrick's actions were apparently influenced and informed by people we do not know, and from ideas and beliefs that we do not accept or condone, in any way", it said.

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