Deadly shooting in El Paso, Texas
President Donald Trump has proposed tying legislation strengthening background checks on firearm sales to immigration reform.
In a tweet on Monday, Trump said: "We cannot let those killed in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, die in vain."
"Republicans and Democrats must come together and get strong background checks, perhaps marrying this legislation with desperately needed immigration reform," Trump continued. "We must have something good, if not GREAT, come out of these two tragic events!"
It wasn't immediately clear which specific pieces of legislation Trump was advocating in his messages.
Trump is due to speak from the White House at 10 a.m. ET.
Here is what we know about the El Paso shooting.
- A shooting at at a sprawling shopping complex in El Paso on Saturday left at least 20 people dead.
- Seven Mexican citizens died in the shooting, according to the office of the Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Marcelo Ebrard.
- Another victim, Jordan Anchondo, 24, died while shielding her 2-month-old son, her aunt Liz Terry told CNN. Her husband, Andre Anchondo, 23, was also killed in the shooting. The family was shopping for school supplies when the gunman opened fire.
- The suspect -- who sources identified to CNN as Patrick Crusius of Allen, Texas -- has been charged with capital murder and is being held without bond, El Paso Police Sgt. Robert Gomez said.
- Authorities believe Crusius is the author of a racist, anti-Hispanic document detailing motivations for the shooting.
Socorro Independent School District in El Paso County asked its students and staff to wear white on Monday in solidarity with the victims of the shooting.
The Socorro Independent School District oversees more than 47,000 students in 49 schools.
El Paso Bishop Mark Seitz has warned that an attitude that sets different groups of people against one another "will only lead to more and more conflict."
Speaking to CNN on Sunday, Seitz, of the Catholic Diocese of El Paso, said:
Clearly everyone agrees that we want an orderly process for crossing a border, but when we start looking at immigrants as a threat to our country…then we’ve really got something terribly wrong.”
Seitz has long been an outspoken critic of what he called the "militarization of the border."
In a 2017 pastoral letter, Seitz denounced the "indefensible, hateful words towards our neighbors in Mexico, the demonization of migrants, and destructive language about our border."
On Sunday, he said:
We see what can happen when we start dividing people according to the color of their skin, according to their nationality, the language that they speak and whether they have documents for this country or not.”
Federal authorities are treating the El Paso mass shooting as a case of domestic terrorism, the US Attorney for the Western District of Texas said.
The Justice Department is also "seriously considering" bringing federal hate crime and federal firearm charges, which carry a possible death penalty, US Attorney John Bash said in a news conference.
The case appears to meet the statutory definition of domestic terrorism, Bash said.
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Leo Campos and Maribel Hernandez are among the 20 killed in the shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, family told CNN affiliate KFOX/KDBC.
Maribel Hernandez's brother Al Hernandez said the two dropped their dog off at the groomers before going shopping at the Walmart on Saturday.
The brother said they knew something was wrong when the groomer called and said Campos and Hernandez had not picked up their dog. One of their family members was able to track the GPS of their vehicle to the Walmart parking lot.
Hernandez said police notified them on Sunday that both had died, KFOX/KDBC reported.