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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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Donald Trump Refused To Condemn His White Supremacists Pals And In fact, Told Them To ‘Stand By’

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Donald Trump Refused To Condemn His White Supremacists Pals And In fact, Told Them To ‘Stand By’

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Last night’s first presidential debate of the 2020 election gave us about as much optimism and assurance of safety as his past four years in office. Particularly because when it came to the moments when our current president was given a chance by moderator Chris Wallace to condemn white supremacists and “militia” groups while also demanding that they stand down as opposed to inciting violence, he refused.

Even if you’ve yet to watch Tuesday night’s debates, you’ve undoubtedly heard that throughout the night Donald Trump acted like a child who had never once been taught by a teacher to wait his turn to speak. Or, to simply answer a question. Shockingly, Trump stuck to this approach in one of the most critical aspects of the debates that could have gained him followers or at least assuaged Americans and their fears about his leadership and morality.

When it came to the moment when he was asked to condemn white nationalists and militia groups Trump pussyfooted around then gave a pretty damning response.

During last night’s debate when asked to denounce those groups, Trump gave non-committal answers.

When asked by debate moderator Chris Wallace asked if he was willing and ready to condemn white supremacists and militia groups and tell them to stand down during the current and ongoing demonstrations taking place across the country, Trump told one group to “stand back and stand by.”

What’s more, he asserted that violence at the protests was not being instigated by conservatives.

“Sure,” Trump responded. “I’m willing to [tell them to stand down] but I would say almost everything I see is from the left-wing, not from the right wing. I’m willing to do anything. I want to see peace.”

“Say it. Do it. Say it,” Biden urged Trump in response to his non commital answers.

“Who would you like me to condemn?” Trump shot back, turning his attention to Wallace. “Proud Boys, stand back and stand by. But I’ll tell you what. I’ll tell you what. Somebody’s got to do something about Antifa and the left because this is not a right-wing problem.”

The Proud Boys are a far-right men-only organization that has been spotted at multiple 2020 Trump campaign rallies wearing black and yellow polo shirt uniforms.

The group promotes and often engages in political violence.

This is why Trump’s non-committal responses like “Sure” to requests from Wallace and Biden to condemn these groups are worrisome. Even more so why, when pressed by Wallace and Biden who pointed out repeatedly that “sure” is not the same as actually doing so was so troubling as well. Moreover, it’s important to note that Trump’s response to “I would say almost everything I see is from the left-wing, not from the right-wing” is another “all lives matter” kind of way to denouncing white supremacist groups.

Of course this is not the first time the president has defended the actions of white supremacists.

In August, Trump refused to condemn the actions of his supporters in Portland, Oregon, and Wisconsin who used pepper spray to attack demonstrators. In the past, Trump has also defended Kyle Rittenhouse, a shooter who attempted homicide in Kenosha, Wisconsin at a BLM protest, saying that he had been “very violently attacked.”

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Police Identify, Arrest Man Accused Of Destroying Beloved Jesus Statue In El Paso Church

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Police Identify, Arrest Man Accused Of Destroying Beloved Jesus Statue In El Paso Church

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An important Jesus statue in an El Paso church has been destroyed and police have arrested the suspect. The statue in St. Patrick’s Cathedral was taken down and decapitated and the person police suspect to be responsible has been arrested.

Earlier this week, a 90-year-old Jesus statue was decapitated by a vandal who destroyed the St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

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We are saddened to announce the vandalism at St. Patrick Cathedral earlier today. The Cathedral was vandalized this morning at around 10:00am. A suspect came into the sanctuary at St. Patrick Cathedral and destroyed the almost 90-year-old statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which was located in the center behind the main altar of the church. The church was open and available for prayer. A suspect has been detained by the El Paso Police department. The police are currently continuing their investigation into the vandalism. The Rector of St. Patrick Cathedral, Fr. Trini Fuentes, said, “I am in shock and we at the Cathedral are heartbroken over such an unexpected situation.” Bishop Seitz also expressed his sadness about the damage caused to the historic Sacred Heart of Jesus Statue. “This statue is one of my favorite representations of Jesus—his arms open wide in welcome, his heart aflame with love for us. I would often take inspiration from this image as I prepared for Mass.” “As sad as I am to see a statue attacked and destroyed, I am grateful that it was not a living person,” Bishop Seitz added. “But a statue, particularly this statue, concretizes and connects us to persons and ideals that are not visible to our eyes. They reveal to us realities that are close to us, but unseen,” he said. “At this point we do not know anything about the person who carried out this assault, but he certainly must be a person who is greatly disturbed to have attacked this peaceful place in our city and this image of the King of Peace. I hope this might be the impetus for him to receive the help he needs. He will be in my prayers,” Bishop Seitz added. “I am devastated at this irreplaceable loss as I know members of this parish community and the whole Church of El Paso will be. In this moment we will reach out in confidence to the One this statue represented and I know he will console us,” Bishop Seitz concluded. St. Patrick, Patron of Ireland and our Diocese, Pray for us.

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The community was rocked when the damage was reported. The statue has been behind the church’s main altar for decades. The vandal attacked the statue at around 10:00 a.m. when the church was opened for prayer when the vandal attacked.

El Paso police have arrested a man in connection to the vandalism.

According to a press release from the police department, 30-year-old Isaiah Cantrell has been arrested for the vandalism. The damage to the statue is estimated to be about $25,000 and Cantrell’s bail has been set at $20,500. El Pasoans are angered at the man for destroying the irreplaceable statue.

“This statue is one of my favorite representations of Jesus—his arms open wide in welcome, his heart aflame with love for us,” Bishop Seitz said about the destruction of the historic Sacred Heart of Jesus statue. “I would often take inspiration from this image as I prepared for Mass.”

Statues like the Sacred Heart of Jesus statue are important to communities that are used to seeing them. The destruction has left clergymen and parishioners angered and saddened by the loss of the statue. It is a historic part of the El Paso religious community having overseen masses since before World War II.

The Diocese of El Paso is raising money to help St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

The funds raised by the Diocese of El Paso and the Foundation for the Diocese of El Paso will be used on the St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The money raised will be used to fix the shattered statue as well as add security and do renovations to the famed church.

“I am devastated at this irreplaceable loss as I know members of this parish community and the whole Church of El Paso will be,” Bishop Seitz said. “In this moment we will reach out in confidence to the One this statue represented and I know he will console us.”

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