Deadly shooting in El Paso, Texas
The suspect in the deadly shooting at an El Paso shopping center is Patrick Crusius, 21, of Allen, Texas, three sources tell CNN.
The information comes from two federal law enforcement sources and one state government source. The federal sources tell CNN that investigators are reviewing an online writing posted days before the shooting that may speak to a motive.
The online posting was believed to be written by Crusius, the sources said, but that has not been confirmed.
In a news conference, Sgt. Robert Gomez of the El Paso Police Department told reporters the suspect in custody is a white male in his 20s.
Inside Cielo Vista mall, crowds of people hid inside retail stores for hours after hearing reports of an active shooter.
Brandon Chavez, 26, an employee at Forever 21, had just started his shift when he saw customers and staffers running to the stock room to take shelter.
"There were about 20 children and adults, plus employees hiding, all cramped like sardines. Most of us were desperate, some were on their phones, there were girls crying, people trying to talk to each other and women with babies in their arms."
Store employees had closed the glass doors but he could see police officers walking around the mall and evacuating from other stores.
After police officers knocked on the store's doors, Chavez says his group had to leave the store, forming a line with their hands up and running.
No one was shot at Cielo Vista Mall or on its property, according to Simon Property Group Chief Marketing Officer Mikael Thygesen.
Thygesen says the shooting occurred on Walmart's property and in the Walmart parking lot.
The mall was put on lockdown because of the shooting, Thygesen said.
The shooting occurred at a sprawling shopping center on the east side of El Paso, located at the intersection of Interstate 10 and Hawkins Boulevard.
Police say they received reports of gunfire at a Walmart store and Cielo Vista Mall next door, but a spokesperson for Simon Property Group said that no one was shot at the mall or on its property.
The Cielo Vista Mall is the largest mall in El Paso. It also serves the nearby communities of Socorro, Fabens, Ft. Bliss and even the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juárez.
There are also several restaurants, a movie theater, a large bus terminal and a Sam's Club store in the complex.
Spc. Glendon Oakly said he was at a sporting goods store inside the Cielo Vista Mall when a child ran inside "telling us there's an active shooter at Walmart."
Oakly told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that no one took the child seriously because of his age and because he was talking about the Walmart nearby, not the mall where they were.
About five to seven minutes later, Oakly said he walked to Footlocker and heard two gunshots.
"I just thought about getting the kids out of the way," he said.
Oakly said Footlocker closed the cage, but some people got it open. He saw many children running around without their parents, so he picked up three kids and ran as fast as he could.
"I wasn't worried about myself," he said. "I was just trying to get those kids out of there."
Listen to Oakly's account:
President Donald Trump called the shooting in El Paso, Texas, “terrible” on Twitter, saying that he offered the government's support to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.
“Working with State and Local authorities, and Law Enforcement,” the President wrote. "Spoke to Governor to pledge total support of Federal Government. God be with you all!”
Vice President Mike Pence also weighed in, offering prayers to the victims and thanks to law enforcement and first responders attending the scene.
"Saddened by the loss of so many innocent lives in El Paso, TX," Pence tweeted. "Our prayers are with the victims, their families, and the entire community. Grateful for the courageous efforts and swift action by federal law enforcement and local first responders."
El Paso police say that only one suspect is in custody and that they don't believe any other suspects are outstanding right now, according to spokesperson Sgt. Robert Gomez.
Gomez said the suspect is a man, but his age is unknown.
Earlier, Mayor Dee Margo said that at least three suspects were in custody.
There are multiple victims, according to Gomez, but he said he couldn’t confirm how many or what their status was.
Authorities were initially given multiple possible locations for the shooting, Gomez said, at both a Walmart and the Cielo Vista Mall next door.