Shootings Suspect Confessed Immediately, El Paso Police Say

This image provided by the FBI shows Patrick Crusius. FBI via AP

The suspect accused of carrying out the mass shooting in El Paso, US state of Texas, last weekend confessed to officers and said that he had been targeting Mexicans, authorities said Friday.

Ayres said the family never heard him articulate views contained in a racist screed that appeared online before the attack.

"I feel that my heart is broken", said Guillermo Adame, a Mexican immigrant, through a translator.

The two incidents have prompted a national debate about gun laws, with Republicans indicating they may be open to tightening background checks on buyers.

However, as reported by CNN, his mother did reach out to law enforcement weeks ahead of the mass shooting concerned about his possession of an "AK-type" weapon, though family lawyers said she did so exclusively on an "informational" basis.

Sgt. Jon Felty told The Associated Press on Thursday that the call was taken on June 27 from a woman who did not identify herself or her son. "The information relayed by the caller did not warrant additional law enforcement involvement because, as reported in the CNN news article, the caller indicated that her inquiry 'was not motivated out of a concern that her son posed a threat to anybody'".

The massacre in the predominantly Hispanic city of El Paso is being investigated as a hate crime and act of domestic terrorism, authorities said.

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He added that she was asked several times about whether her son was suicidal or if she had noticed any recent change in his behavior.

Eight of the people killed in the rampage were Mexican nationals and numerous other victims were Americans of Hispanic origin. They called the attack an act of terrorism against their citizens on US soil.

About 83% of El Paso's residents are Hispanic or Latino, according to the US Census Bureau.

"Our hearts and support are with the entire El Paso community and especially with the families of the victims of this very tragic event", said Cowboys Executive Charlotte Jones Anderson in a statement. O'Rourke has blamed President Donald Trump's rhetoric for spreading fear and hate, leading Trump to tweet that O'Rourke should "be quiet".

Crusius is actually from a town over ten hours away from El Paso but chose to go far from home.

Hours after the attack in El Paso, a gunman killed nine people and wounded many others in Dayton, Ohio. "This is purely a outcome of the president of the United States being racist toward Mexicans".

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