Flags at half staff honoring victims of El Paso shooting

Governor Greg Abbott on August 4 ordered Texas flags across the state to be lowered to half-staff in memory of those who lost their lives in the shooting in El Paso on Saturday, August 3, 2019.

Flags should remain at half-staff through sunset on Thursday, August 8, 2019.

EL PASO — At least 21 people were shot and killed and dozens more were wounded Saturday morning when a gunman opened fire in an El Paso Wal-mart packed with back-to-school shoppers.

Patrick Wood Crusius, 21, was charged with capital murder and booked into the El Paso jail. He has ties to Collin County. On Sunday, authorities said they are pursuing federal hate crime and firearms charges, as well as a state capital murder charge, against him.

When he encountered El Paso police officers, the suspect laid his weapon down and surrendered near the scene, Police Chief Greg Allen said.

Governor Abbott made this statement on August 3, “Today, the El Paso community was struck by a heinous and senseless act of violence. Our hearts go out to the victims of this horrific shooting and to the entire community in this time of loss. While no words can provide the solace needed for those impacted by this event, I ask that all Texans join Cecilia and me in offering our prayers for the victims and their families. The state of Texas and the Department of Public Safety are assisting the El Paso Police Department as they conduct their investigation. We have deployed troopers, special agents, Texas Rangers, tactical teams, and aircraft to the scene in a support role. The state of Texas will do everything it can to ensure justice is delivered to the perpetrators of this heinous act.”

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