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El Paso Needs Blood Donors After Another White Mass Shooter Kills 19 Walmart Shoppers

Miguel Rodriguez was simply shopping for a toy at Walmart when he heard gunshots and dropped to the ground to cover his 7-year-old son. Karina was routinely pulling into the mall parking lot with her daughter when they witnessed the shooter, dressed in black, shoot a man at “point-blank” range and enter the Walmart in El Paso, Texas, the scene of America’s latest mass shooting.

Law enforcement agencies have identified the suspect as Patrick Crusius, who allegedly wrote a manifesto that detailed why he is “against race mixing,” supports Trump’s idea to “send them back” and predicts “genocide” in America’s future.

El Paso’s Police Department is urgently calling for the community to donate blood.

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In a tweet, @EPPOLICE announced minutes ago, “Blood needed urgently. Multiple injured transported to various hospitals. Blood donation centers Vitalent Blood Services at 424 s Mesa Hills and 133 N Zaragoza.”

If you live in the area, please consider donating blood.

At last 19 people are dead and 40 injured.

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Local police, FBI and S.W.A.T. were deployed to the scene where they were able to safely take the shooter into custody. Stories from the scene are harrowing. One Walmart employee recalls the moment she realized the “pops” weren’t boxes being dropped. “…That’s when I looked at my coworker, and we looked at each other like shocked and scared,” she told NBC News.

“I got all the people that I could, I even found a little girl that was missing from her parents, and I got her, too. I tried to get as many people as I could out.”

El Paso Police warned the public to stay away from Cielo Vista Mall, causing a panic in the community.

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Cielo Vista Mall is a large complex, which includes a movie theater, a bus terminal, a Sam’s Club store and many more businesses. It’s a hub for the border community. The mall was on lockdown in response to the neighboring Walmart shooting, but the property owner confirms that no shots were fired in the mall itself.

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Patrick Crusius’ Twitter account confirms that he is a Trump supporter who advocated for the border wall.

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Images of Crusius carrying a rifle from Walmart security cameras have been released. His Twitter handle is @outsider609, and of the account’s 22 tweets, the vast majority are in support for Trump’s agenda.

Crusius tweeted, “#BuildTheWall is the best way that @POTUS has worked to secure our country so far!” in January 2017.

Crusius’ social media accounts have been deleted while authorities review for motive.

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He turned 21 years old this week. “Another right wing extremist motivated by xenophobia,” tweets @WheresMyArk_23. If this is the case, this will be the second white supremacist motivated mass shooting in two weeks.

The alleged manifesto has not been confirmed to be of Crusius’ writing just yet.

GRAPHIC: Survivors are sharing videos and photos of their experience online.

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Police have not released any information about Crusius’ motive for the attack. All we know is that he lived in a border community and his online personality advocated for building a wall that would keep Mexicans out.

Walmart expressed “shock,” but America is past shock.

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Walmart is the world’s largest retailer, and has often been referred to as the world’s largest gun retailer. Over the years, as shootings continue to escalate, Walmart has self-regulated by discontinuing the sales of handguns, and eliminating all weapons sales in two thirds of its stores. It continues to sell rifles.

President Trump tweeted about the “terrible” shooting and 14 minutes later wished a wrestling champion luck.

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Americans are expressing frustration with seeing even the President of the United States move on from the news. #GunReformNow is trending for the second time this week as the public continues to demand action from Congress.

Texas’ Governor Greg Abbott is currently under fire for his close relationship with the National Rifle Association.

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The NRA “grades” politicians’ policies on gun rights. The more guns and looser restrictions, the higher the grade. Greg Abbott has an A+ rating from the NRA.

Latinos are dying. Americans are dying.

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Shaun King reported that, “Did you know that the United States is the ONLY nation in the world that has more guns than people? We have 122 guns for every 100 people. No other nation has 100. Or 90. Or 80. Or 70. Or 60 guns per 100 people. In fact, only 1 other nation has more than 40. War-torn YEMEN.

Are we safe yet? Mitú will continue to report as this story develops.

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Selena Gomez Is Holding Tech And Social Media Accountable After Trump Mob Shuts Down Congress

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Selena Gomez Is Holding Tech And Social Media Accountable After Trump Mob Shuts Down Congress

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A pro-Trump mob stormed Capitol Hill Jan. 6 following months of President Donald Trump and his allies attacking the 2020 elections. Selena Gomez, like most Americans horrified by the attack, spoke out on social media about what happened. She made it clear that part of this falls on tech companies and social media companies.

Selena Gomez called out social media and tech companies for enabling hateful rhetoric.

President Donald Trump and his supporters have used social media to spread misinformation since he was elected in 2016. Americans have watched as President Trump used Twitter to spread falsehoods and conspiracy theories. There have been so many debunked claims that President Trump and his allies have spread with no consequence.

Recently, Twitter started to flag some of President Trump’s tweets as disputed or misleading. It was the first time a social media platform did something that checked President Trump and his rhetoric.

People quickly came to Gomez’s side to uplift her statement.

President Trump has a long history of hateful and dangerous rhetoric on social media. He has misled her supporters with false statements and has incited violence. The president has defended white supremacists on multiple occasions and even retweeted a video of a man shouting white power.

Social media platforms are finally muzzling President Trump with bans and suspensions.

Twitter has put the president on a temporary suspension after he incited the crowd that breached Capitol Hill. Meanwhile, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg enhanced the original 24-hour ban to a indefinite ban that will last at least until President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. However, people think it is a little too late for these actions.

“Disinformation and extremism researchers have for years pointed to broader network-based exploitation of these platforms,” Sen. Mark R. Warner, D-Va., said in a statement. “As I have continually said, these platforms have served as core organizing infrastructure for violent, far right groups and militia movements for several years now – helping them to recruit, organize, coordinate and in many cases (particularly with respect to YouTube) generate profits from their violent, extremist content.”

What happened Jan. 6 at the nation’s Capitol was avoidable, but it’s clear who incited this violence.

Congress has officially certified President-elect Biden’s win. What should have been a quick process to certify an election turned into a horrifying scene. It is a day that will always define President Trump’s legacy.

READ: Far-Right Trump Supporters Violently Storm The US Capitol Forcing Lockdown

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As El Paso Becomes A Covid-19 Hotspot, One Nurse Says The Most Severe Patients Are Being Left To Die In “The Pit”

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As El Paso Becomes A Covid-19 Hotspot, One Nurse Says The Most Severe Patients Are Being Left To Die In “The Pit”

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Cities across the United States are experiencing the worst yet of the Coronavirus pandemic. From California to New York, the country is struggling. However, one area that has emerged as a severe hot spot for the virus is El Paso, Texas.

The city has emerged as one of the nation’s hardest-hit regions. To put it into perspective, El Paso has more active Covid-19 infections than the entire country of Mexico.

In addition to a major spike in cases, the city is also seeing an increase in Covid-19 deaths that is seriously overwhelming healthcare workers, public health officials, and the network of morgues. It’s so bad that the city was using inmates to help transport bodies until the Texas’ governor finally deployed the National Guard to assist.

El Paso is emerging as the face of the second wave in the U.S. and the scenes are terrifying.

The El Paso community is struggling to control it’s severe spike in Covid-19 cases as it becomes a national hot spot for the pandemic. As infection rates rise, El Paso has registered more active Covid-19 cases than the entire country of Mexico.

El Paso (a city of 840,000 people) has 34,487 active cases while Mexico (a nation of 129 million) has 23,284. Although, it’s worth noting that many say Mexico’s actual number could be as many as ten times higher thanks to a severely-limited testing program.

El Paso’s government has attempted to get ahead of the virus and had implemented a wide-ranging stay-at-home order that called for hair salons, gyms and restaurant dine-in services to close. However, a court ruling last week by the 8th Circuit struck down that order, putting thousands of lives at risk.

One nurse went viral after telling her story inside “the pit” where many victims are left to die.

One nurse who worked in an El Paso hospital has gone viral after sharing her harrowing story from inside a Covid-19 hospital. In a nearly hourlong Facebook Live video, Lawanna Rivers, a traveling nurse, said that her time spent at the University Medical Center of El Paso was the worst experience she’s had since the pandemic began.

“Out of all the COVID assignments I’ve been on, this one here has really left me emotionally scarred,” she said. “The facility I’m at has surpassed the one I was at in New York.”

Rivers was most upset about how the sickest patients at the hospital were treated. She said they were all put into an area called a “pit,” where they are essentially left to die.

“My first day at orientation, I was told that whatever patients go into the pit, they only come out in a body bag,” Rivers said.

Rivers said doctors at the hospital would not enter the area, and nurses like herself who were stationed in them were under orders to perform CPR just three times on a patient before letting them die.

Rivers said she learned that doctors wouldn’t enter the pit when she called a physician for help one day with a patient who was bleeding profusely. She said the doctor told her they don’t go into the rooms for the sickest COVID-19 patients, so as to not expose themselves to the disease.

Inmates are joining the frontlines as they help to move the bodies of Covid-19 victims.

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As the city struggled to manage the spiraling number of infections and deaths, inmates at the County Detention Facility were called upon to assist the El Paso Medical examiner with the overflow of bodies at the morgue.

Inmates were seen in full PPE gear assisting mobile morgues with the rising body count. A spokesperson for the county did not further detail exactly what the inmates were being asked to do but that they were being paid $2 per hour and were serving time for low-level sentences. The county also defended the decision to use inmate labor, saying it was either that or force families to wait even longer to start funeral arrangements.

The National Guard has been called upon to help work in mortuaries.

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After El Paso resorted to using county jail inmates to move bodies for nearly two weeks, the Texas Army National Guard is sending a 36-person team to assist with mortuary services.

“This is very much needed in our community, and we’re really thankful for [the Texas Division of Emergency Management] and the governor’s action on this,” Democratic state Rep. and Sen.-elect César Blanco said Friday.

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