El Paso shooting: Grand jury indicts suspect on capital murder charges

Patrick Crusius, 21, of Allen, Texas, was indicted in connection with the Aug. 3 mass shooting that left 22 dead.
Image: Cielo Vista Mall
Law enforcement agencies respond to an active shooter at a Wal-Mart near Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, Texas, on Aug. 3, 2019.Joel Angel Juarez / AFP - Getty Images

Breaking News Emails

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.
SUBSCRIBE
By Associated Press

EL PASO, Texas — The suspect in the mass shooting at a busy Walmart in El Paso, Texas, was indicted Thursday on a capital murder charge.

Patrick Crusius, 21, of Allen, Texas, was indicted in connection with the Aug. 3 mass shooting that left 22 dead. He is charged is jailed without bond.

El Paso prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Prosecutors say Crusius surrendered to police after the attack saying, "I'm the shooter," and that he was targeting Mexicans.

In court documents, prosecutors alleged that Crusius is the author of a screed published shortly before the shooting.

Survivors of the El Paso attack have held vigils around the city, including outside of the jail in downtown El Paso where Crusius has been kept isolated from other prisoners, on suicide watch.

The case has fueled anger among gun control and immigration advocates, and caused political blowback.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott acknowledged weeks after the attack that "mistakes were made " when he sent a fundraising mailer encouraging supporters to "take matters into our own hands" and "DEFEND" Texas.

Abbott has pledged to invest in a domestic terrorism taskforce and has suggested he would support and expansion of firearm background checks. He has resisted calls to regulate the sale of military-style rifles like the one authorities say Crusius used in El Paso.