Mass Shooter in El Paso Investigated for Federal Hate Crimes; Faces Death Sentence

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Federal investigators are hot on the trail of Patrick Crusius (pictured), a white nationalist sympathizer who is suspected of the mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas on August 3.

After the media’s lengthy lack of clarity in reporting an exact number of victims, the USA TODAY reported on Sunday (August 4) that 20 people were murdered. The national U.S. newspaper also reported that dozens of people were injured in the Walmart massacre on August 3. Crusius is currently being held at the El Paso County Jail.

Though the El Paso Police Department and the Texas State Police were collaborating in the early phases of investigating this tragedy, two agencies from the federal government have also been very involved. The U.S. Department of Justice has called this incident of mayhem a “domestic act of terrorism.”

John Bash, the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas, said the following at a press conference held on August 4:

“[We believe that Patrick Crusius committed these acts with the intention of] coercing and intimidating a civilian population. We’re going to do what we do to terrorists in this country, which is to deliver swift and certain justice.” (ABC News)

Federal investigators became alarmed when they found a hate-mongering online manifesto titled “The Inconvenient Truth,” which is believed to be written by Crusius. He allegedly blames “race-mixing,” America’s immigration policy, and a refusal to assimilate by immigrants as the reasons for cultural degradation in the U.S.

Crusius also allegedly praises the mass shooting, which occurred at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 15, 2019.

“The environment is getting worse by the year. Most of y’all are just too stubborn to change your lifestyle. So the next logical step is to decrease the number of people in America using resources. If we can get rid of enough people, then our way of life can become more sustainable,” the manifesto reads.

Crusius is being held without bond on capital murder charges. Six of the 20 people who were murdered are Mexican nationals. Mexico’s federal government is seeking his extradition and may indeed pursue charges of terrorism against Crusius, according to ABC News.

Federal investigators in the U.S. have stated that the government will seek a death sentence once the Justice Department has successfully filed hate crime charges against Crusius.