EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – At least 15 people were killed in a shooting Saturday in a busy shopping area in the Texas border town of El Paso, and a 21-year-old man was taken into custody, law enforcement officials said.
When, Where it Happened
The active shooter call came in at about 10 a.m. Saturday at the Walmart next to Cielo Vista Mall.
Number of Victims
At least 15 people died in the shooting, according to authorities.
Between Del Sol and University medical centers, 24 patients — including two children — were taken to the hospitals for treatment.
Several others remain in critical condition.
Police identified the suspect in custody as Patrick Crusius, 21, from Allen, Texas.
Where Families Can Reunite
MacArthur School Elementary-Intermediate School has been designated as a family reunification site.
The campus is located at 8101 Whitus off Viscount.
How the Community Can Help
The following Vitalant locations in El Paso and Las Cruces are welcoming blood donations to help the victims of the shooting:
- East El Paso: 1338 N Zaragoza
- West El Paso: 424 S Mesa Hills Dr
- Las Cruces: 1200 Commerce Dr
The centers will be open until 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Donations are also welcome during the coming week.
A blood drive will also be held at the Mesilla Valley Mall food court in Las Cruces on Saturday and Sunday, according to the Las Cruces Police Department.
Abundant Living Faith Center will host an additional drive from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at 1000 Valley Crest.
The El Paso Community Foundation has created a fund for victims and their families.
All administrative fees and pay credit card fees associated with the fund will be waived.