12 Deals of Christmas
AMBER ALERT – Share to help find missing 1-year-old

Alleged El Paso gunman indicted on capital murder charge

EL PASO, TX - AUGUST 4: In this handout photo provided by the El Paso Police Department, Patrick Crusius, 21, poses for a booking photo August 4, 2019 in El Paso, Texas. Crusius is charged with capital murder in the shooting deaths of 22 people at an El Paso Walmart August 4. (Photo by El Paso Police Department via Getty Images)

EL PASO, Texas  — The suspect in the mass shooting at a busy Walmart in El Paso was indicted Thursday for capital murder.

Patrick Crusius, 21, of Allen, Texas, was indicted in connection with the Aug. 3 mass shooting that left 22 dead. He is jailed without bond.

El Paso prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Prosecutors say Crusius surrendered to police after the attack saying, “I’m the shooter,” and that he was targeting Mexicans.

In court documents, prosecutors alleged that Crusius is the author of a screed published shortly before the shooting that said it was “in response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas.”

Survivors of the El Paso attack have held vigils around the city, including outside of the jail in downtown El Paso where Crusius has been kept isolated from other prisoners, on suicide watch.

The case has fueled anger among gun control and immigration advocates, and caused political blowback.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott acknowledged weeks after the attack that “mistakes were made ” when he sent a fundraising mailer encouraging supporters to “take matters into our own hands” and “DEFEND” Texas.

Abbott has pledged to invest in a domestic terrorism taskforce and has suggested he would support and expansion of firearm background checks. He has resisted calls to regulate the sale of military-style rifles like the one authorities say Crusius used in El Paso.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.