At least 18 people have been shot at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, local media reports. Police are searching for possibly multiple shooters, while footage of victims and shocking accounts of witnesses have emerged.
One suspect has been placed in custody, El Paso police told local TV, adding that the search of the crime scene and its surroundings continues.
The shooting began to unfold at the Cielos Vista Mall area around 11am local time on Saturday, but more than an hour later, local law enforcement reported the scene was “still active.”
Police said it received reports of “multiple shooters” and was “conducting search of a very large area.”
Scene is still Active. We have multi reports of multiple shooters. Please avoid area police conducting search of a very large area. Media staging will be given when area is secure.
— EL PASO POLICE DEPT (@EPPOLICE) August 3, 2019
Some witness accounts claim that a man armed with an AK-style rifle began shooting outside the Walmart and then went on a rampage inside the store. Others suggest that at least two or more attackers were at the scene.
With limited details available, local media said at least 18 people were “shot” in the attack, and that several of them are feared dead. Footage from the scene shows heavily armed officers and police helicopters deployed.
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