One male suspect has been arrested and is in police custody following a shooting at a mall complex in the city of El Paso, Texas. Authorities have confirmed, “multiple victims” were killed and are working to clear the scene.
Several people have been killed in a shooting at a shopping mall complex in the US city of El Paso, Texas.
An El Paso police spokesperson told reporters on Saturday afternoon that one male suspect was currently in custody. There were initial reports that the gunman had used a rifle.
“We can confirm there were multiple victims, I can’t confirm the numbers,” said spokesperson Robert Gomez. He told reporters that authorities had ruled out the possibility of multiple shooters.
Hospitals said they were treating 22 victims from the shooting, not including one individual who had died during treatment.
‘Heinous and senseless act’
El Paso Mayor Dee Margo said in a statement that there had been “several fatalities.”
“Our hearts go out to the victims and gratitude to our first responders,” he added in a statement on Twitter.
Adair and I are devastated by the tragic events unfolding in our City. Our hearts go out to the victims and gratitude to our first responders. We will continue to keep you updated. pic.twitter.com/AKzgwtVWgs
— Mayor Dee Margo (@mayor_margo) August 3, 2019
US President Donald Trump also responded to the incident on Twitter, writing: “Reports are very bad, many killed.”
Texas Governor Greg Abbott said El Paso was “struck by a heinous and senseless act of violence.”