Luke Kenton, Daily Mail, August 5, 2019
Just nineteen minutes before the first shots rang out at an El Paso Walmart in what would go on to become the deadliest mass shooting of 2019, the man responsible for the killings allegedly uploaded a twisted and seething anti-immigrant manifesto to an online forum outlining his sickening motives.
The 2,300 word screed, attributed to the author P.Crucius on one website, speaks of a perceived ‘Hispanic invasion of Texas’, a detailed plan to segregate ethnic minorities into separate territories of the country, and expresses a belief that white people will soon be ‘ethnically replaced’.
Authorities say the the suspect behind Saturday’s mass shooting at the Cielo Vista Mall that killed at least 20 and injured 26 more, is believed to be the author of the heinous document.
The suspect has been tentatively identified as 21-year-old Patrick Crusius, of Allen, Texas – a town some 645 miles from the scene of Saturday’s massacre.
‘F*** this is going to be so s*** but I can’t wait any longer,’ the author of the document wrote uploading it to the comment board. ‘I’m probably going to die today.’
The manifesto, titled ‘The Inconvenient Truth’, begins declaring the imminent shooting to be inspired directly by the shootings of two mosques in Christchurch New Zealand earlier this year, which left 51 people dead.
El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen said in a press conference: ‘Right now we have a manifesto from this individual – that indicates to some degree – it has a nexus to potential hate crime.’
In the New Zealand killer’s manifesto, the author promoted a white supremacist theory called ‘the great replacement’.
In the latest manifesto, the author voices a similar ideology but insists ‘this attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas’.
The author added that they were: ‘defending my country from cultural and ethnic replacement brought on by an invasion.’.
The Cielo Vista Mall is a popular shopping destination for people both sides of the US-Mexico border.
On a weekend the city attracts droves of shoppers from Mexico, including from its Mexican sister city Ciudad Juarez, who flock to the mall and return back across the border with their groceries.
The author says he believes ‘American is rotting from the inside out,’ and speculates that ‘the heavy Hispanic population in Texas’ will make the state ‘a democratic stronghold’ for generations to come.
In addition to stating his ideological beliefs, the author discusses the type of weaponry he will be using in the looming massacre, making reference to an ‘AK47’ rife but insisting he’d rather have used something more powerful.
In Saturday’s shooting, Crusius is allegedly the man seen in surveillance footage walking in through the front entrance of the Cielo Vista Mall Walmart with an AK47-styled assault rifle.
The gunman, wearing what appears to be ear defenders and cargo pants, first opened fire in the parking lot outside the store, shooting and killing ‘locals that were fundraising outside the Walmart selling water. Children and adults.’
He then walked through the front door in a calm and confident state, as if he was ‘on a mission’, a witness said.
The twenty-minute massacre that followed would go on to become the eighth deadliest in US history.
‘I have do this before I lose my nerve,’ the author wrote, adding that he hadn’t spent ‘much time at all’ plotting the shooting.
‘I figured that an under-prepared attack and a meh manifesto is better than attack and no manifesto,’ he added.
The author adds that he isn’t racist and insists his opinions ‘predate Trump and his campaign for president.’
‘I put this here because some people will blame the President or certain presidential candidates for the attack. This is not the case. I know that the media will probably call me a white supremacist anyway and blame Trump’s rhetoric,’ Crusius said, before reiterating the President’s famous rhetoric by adding, ‘The media is infamous for fake news.’
Three Mexican nationals are among the dead, according to Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, with another six among the injured.
Police arrived at the scene six minutes after the gunman first opened fire.
The culprit surrendered his weapon inside the store as soon as he came into contact with law enforcement.
The 21-year-old was taken into custody ‘without incident’. Officers didn’t fire any shots during the arrest, officials said.
Currently, prosecutors say they’re seeking capital murder charges against the suspect but may also proceed with hate crime or domestic terrorism charges, pending the outcome of an FBI investigation into the ‘anti-immigrant’ manifesto.
He would later go on to tell investigators he wanted to shoot as many Mexicans as possible, according to ABC News.
‘Today’s shooting in El Paso, Texas was not only tragic, it was an act of cowardice,’ President Trump tweeted Saturday. ‘I know that I stand with everyone in this Country to condemn today’s hateful act. There are no reasons or excuses that will ever justify killing innocent people.
‘Melania and I send our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the great people of Texas,’ he continued.
Two minors, including a two-year-old, were stabilized and transferred to El Paso Children’s Hospital.
According to public records, Crusius’ last known address was his family’s home in Allen, Texas, where he lived with his parents, twin sister and older brother.
The home, around 30 minutes outside of Dallas and more than 9 hours drive away from El Paso, is reportedly being raided by police.
Alice Baland, who lives four houses down, said a retired couple lives at the home. She described them as sweet people who regularly attend church.
When the first shots rang out, the Walmart store was set to be ‘at capacity’ with more than 3,000 shoppers inside hoping to get ahead of the busy back-to-school season.
Witness Miguel Rodriguez told The Daily Beast the gunman, ‘started shooting everyone, aisle by aisle, with rage.’
Witnesses told CBS 4 News they believe the suspect only stopped shooting because he ran out of ammunition.
On his LinkedIn page in 2015, Crusius wrote that he was not motivated to do anything other than ‘enough to get by’. The page was taken down from the website shortly after Crusius was tentatively associated with the shooting.
His profile states that he attended Plano High School. Another source said he may have also attended and later graduated from Liberty High School in Frisco.
‘I’m not really motivated to do anything more than what’s necessary to get by,’ he wrote in the About section of his LinkedIn profile. ‘Working in general sucks, but I guess a career in Software Development suits me well. I spend about 8 hours every day on the computer so that counts as technology experience I guess. Pretty much gonna see what technology careers present themselves; go with the wind.’
Referencing his time at high school, Crusius said that he didn’t participate in extracurricular activities citing a ‘lack of freedom.’
El Paso has a population of 680,000, of which 83 percent are of Hispanic descent, according to US census figures.
In recent months El Paso has also become one of the busiest entry points for undocumented migrants, especially from Central America, seeking asylum in the United States.
On a weekend the city attracts droves of shoppers from Mexico, including from its Mexican sister city Ciudad Juarez, population 1.5 million.