Po­lice re­view­ing on­line post be­lieved to be writ­ten by sus­pect

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - News - BY AMY MCDANIEL AND EMER­SON CLARRIDGE Fort Worth Star-Tele­gram

Mul­ti­ple law en­force­ment sources say po­lice have iden­ti­fied the sus­pect in Satur­day’s mass shoot­ing in El Paso as 21-yearold Patrick Cru­sius.

Cru­sius is from North Texas, with his last known ad­dress listed in Allen, about 30 miles north of Dallas, ac­cord­ing to pub­lic records.

Cru­sius is in cus­tody, law en­force­ment sources said.

Twenty peo­ple were con­firmed dead and more than two dozen in­jured af­ter the shoot­ing in east El Paso, ac­cord­ing to the state’s gover­nor, the As­so­ci­ated Press re­ported.

Sources told WFAA-TV that ATF and FBI agents were search­ing homes and in­ter­view­ing peo­ple in North Texas who might be re­lated to the sus­pect.

Law en­force­ment of­fi­cers were in un­marked ve­hi­cles out­side a house in Allen that pub­lic records in­di­cate is Cru­sius’ last known ad­dress.

Texas State Rep. Jeff Leach, who rep­re­sents the Allen area, tweeted a state­ment say­ing in part, “I have been ap­prised that the shooter, Patrick Cru­sius, a 2017 grad­u­ate of Plano Se­nior High School, resided in Allen. As State Representa­tive for this area, I am com­mu­ni­cat­ing di­rectly with lo­cal law en­force­ment, Plano ISD lead­ers & fel­low state of­fi­cials to en­sure we are re­spond­ing ap­pro­pri­ately and of­fer­ing any and all as­sis­tance and aid to our friends in El Paso.”

Fed­eral sources told CNN that in­ves­ti­ga­tors are re­view­ing an on­line post­ing, be­lieved to be writ­ten by Cru­sius days be­fore the shoot­ing, that may speak to a mo­tive.

The post­ing is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by fed­eral author­i­ties but they haven’t con­firmed it was writ­ten by the sus­pect. The post refers to an at­tack in “re­sponse to the His­panic in­va­sion of Texas.”

El Paso Po­lice Chief Greg Allen called the shoot­ing a pos­si­ble hate crime in a press con­fer­ence Satur­day evening and said in­ves­ti­ga­tors are work­ing to ver­ify the ori­gins of the man­i­festo.

The sus­pect sur­ren­dered to of­fi­cers, Allen said.


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