Two mass shootings this weekend — that took place less than 13 hours apart — left at least 29 dead and 53 injured. In their wake, the country is reeling from yet more gruesome scenes of violence and death.
"I had a feeling something like this was going to happen eventually," he said.
Nuñez added that he believed President Donald Trump is conveying messages of hate and division, which, combined with anti-Latino rhetoric and a lack of stricter gun control laws, is creating a lethal mix.
Over a thousand miles away from El Paso, a night of revelry was shattered in Dayton, Ohio, when a gunman wearing body armor and carrying ammunition magazines opened fire outside a crowded bar, killing at least nine people and injuring 27 others.
"Who would have known this would be the place they'd be washing blood off the sidewalk?" said one longtime resident.
At a vigil later Sunday night for the victims, a large crowd chanted, "Do something!" and "Make a change," while Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine spoke. DeWine, a Republican, offered his condolences to the victims' families.
The sister of the shooting suspect is among the nine people killed in the attack. Police officers, who were nearby when the shooting started, killed the gunman within about 30 seconds of the first shots being fired.
"We see some forms of violence peak when society becomes fascinated," said Jillian Peterson, a psychologist and professor of criminology. "We know that mass shootings are socially contagious and tend to occur in clusters."
"We must speak clearly to combat evil in any form it takes. What we saw yesterday was a heinous act of terrorism and white supremacy. There is no place for this in El Paso, in Texas, or anywhere across our nation."