It’s never a good day when we have to talk about yet another mass shooting. However, that’s where we’re at today.
Earlier today, there was a mass shooting at a mall in El Paso, Texas.
Multiple people were killed and one person was in custody after a shooter went on a rampage Saturday at a shopping mall, police in the Texas border town of El Paso said. Police responded in the early afternoon to an active shooter scene at the Cielo Vista Mall, and were advising people to stay away from the area.
Sgt. Enrique Carrillo, a police spokesman, said a male suspect was in custody and there was no longer danger to the public. Earlier, El Paso police tweeted that they had received reports of “multiple shooters” but police later said they did not believe there was more than one gunman.
University of Medical Center of El Paso told CBS News it had also received 11 shooting victims, including one who died. They said a 4-month-old child was among the patients it was treating. Hospital spokesman Ryan Mielke said all of the victims suffered traumatic injuries in Saturday’s attack. He declined to provide additional details about the victims, including the one who died. Mielke said two children, ages 2 and 9, were stabilized at the medical center before being transferred to the neighboring El Paso Children’s Hospital.
Del Sol Medical Center told CBS News it was treating 11 patients from the shooting. It said nine were in critical but stable condition, and two were stable. The patients ranged in age from 35 to 82.
Right now, the whole situation is very fluid. We’re only hearing, right now, that multiple people are dead but no word regarding just how many. The one hospital says they have one dead, but that doesn’t account for any declared dead at the scene.
In fact, right now, we don’t know much of anything about anything, unfortunately, when it comes to what took place within the mall itself.
We do know that the governor and president have both been notified.
CNN, in their up-to-date coverage, has comments from several presidential candidates. It seems that of the bunch to speak so far, only Tim Ryan had the decency to not try and make this all about politics and call for gun control. Never let them miss an opportunity to capitalize on a tragedy to advance their political positions.
The El Paso Police Department has put out a call for blood on their Twitter account.
Blood needed urgently. Multiple injured transported to various hospitals. Blood donation centers Vitalent Blood Services at 424 s Mesa Hills and 133 N Zaragoza
— EL PASO POLICE DEPT (@EPPOLICE) August 3, 2019
If you’re in the area and can medically give blood, I want to urge you to do so. It sounds like there are a lot of injured, at least 22 from the news reports though that number may actually be higher before it’s all over.
As per usual–and I hate that we have a usual after something like this–be advised that all information given out now is subject to change. Things are very confused right now and while officials are giving the best information they know, so much of what they are told turns out to be wrong.
We’ll clearly have a lot to talk about on this subject over the next few weeks.