Mother of the El Paso, Texas, mass shooting suspect called police about her son just weeks before dozens of people were killed inside a Walmart. The 21-year-old suspect’s mother, attorneys said, was concerned about his lack of experience and maturity in owning the weapon.
Attorneys told the network the suspect’s mother spoke with a public safety officer about her concern but was told that the gun was legally purchased and her son was allowed to own the rifle.
Its stated that Crusius, a resident of Allen, drove more than 600 miles across Texas to El Paso. El Paso police said the AK-47–style rifle had been legally purchased by the suspect. Under Texas law, a gun owner needs to be 18 years old to buy a rifle and 21 years old to buy a handgun.
Twenty-two people were killed in the Saturday-afternoon massacre.
His crime was under investigation as a hate crime and an act of domestic terrorism. In a four-page manifesto, the suspect praised the Christchurch, New Zealand, shooter and used white supremacist rhetoric to rant against immigrants and Latinos.
“Patrick’s actions were apparently influenced and informed by people we do not know, and from ideas and beliefs we do not accept or condone, He was raised in a family that taught love, kindness, respect, and tolerance — rejecting all forms of racism, prejudice, hatred, and violence.”Days after the shooting, his family released a statement condemning his actions.