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El Paso shooting: ‘Random incident’ between two groups of men led to Cielo Vista Mall shooting

Shooting took place in mall adjacent to Walmart where 23 were killed in 2019 massacre

Gustaf Kilander
Friday 17 February 2023 13:06 GMT
El Paso shooting: Police look for suspect as one dead and three injured in shopping mall

The shooting which unfolded in a mall in El Paso, Texas, this week was the result of a “random incident” between two groups of men, according to investigators.

Gunfire erupted at around 5pm on Wednesday in the food court of the Cielo Vista Mall, leaving one man killed and another three men wounded. Two suspects – both male – were quickly arrested.

In a press conference on Thursday afternoon, El Paso interim Police Chief Peter Pacillas said that the shooting was not gang related but came about when two groups got into a “confrontation” and “physical altercation” in the food court.

“This is a random incident encounter between two groups. I want to emphasise this. This is a random incident that occurred between two groups at the mall,” he said.

During the altercation, one man pulled out a hangun and shots were fired.

The shooting has brought back “bad memories” for the El Paso community, with Cielo Vista Mall being located directly adjacent to the Walmart store where 23 people were killed in a racially-motivated mass shooting back in August 2019.

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Ex-Trump admin official says aunt was hiding from El Paso gunman after surviving nearby 2019 massacre

A former Trump administration official has said that her aunt was hiding from the El Paso gunman after surviving the 2019 massacre in the same area.

Olivia Troye was the Homeland Security and Counterterrorism adviser to former Vice President Mike Pence before resigning in August 2020.

“My aunt is currently in hiding at Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, TX, as this active shooter scenario is still unfolding,” Ms Troye wrote at 8.22pm on Wednesday night. “She survived the 2019 Wal-Mart El Paso shooting thanks to someone who pulled her to safety. What is it going to take to enact change?!”

“My aunt is now safe and out of Cielo Vista Mall,” she added at 9.28pm. “Thank you once again to the amazing stranger who pulled her to safety once again this time around. Heartbroken for my hometown of El Paso, the victims and their families.”

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Ex-Trump official says aunt hiding from El Paso gunman after surviving 2019 massacre

Olivia Troye says she’s ‘heartbroken for my hometown of El Paso, the victims and their families’

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Cielo Vista Mall workers who survived 2019 Walmart massacre describe horror of latest El Paso mass shooting

Shopping mall workers who survived the 2019 Walmart massacre have described their horror at finding themselves in the midst of the latest mass shooting to rock El Paso, Texas.

One victim was killed and three others hospitalised when gunfire erupted inside the Cielo Vista Mall on Wednesday.

Two male suspects have now been taken into custody with the motive still unknown.

The Cielo Vista Mall is directly adjacent to the Walmart store where a lone gunman murdered 23 people in a racist attack back in August 2019.

Several of the same local residents and workers who survived that day three years ago were at the mall on Wednesday, living through their second mass shooting in the space of less than four years.

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Survivors of 2019 Walmart massacre describe horror of Cielo Vista Mall mass shooting

Several of the same local residents and workers who survived the massacre at a Walmart in 2019 were at the mall on Wednesday, living through their second mass shooting in the space of less than four years

Rachel Sharp16 February 2023 16:00
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Steady increase in number of mass shootings over last decade

There were 647 mass shootings in the US last year, according to the gun violence archive.

There have been 72 so far this year.

At least 5,442 people have died in 2023 from gun violence as of 16 February and 4,033 people have been injured.

Of the deaths, 3,102 were suicides.

The number of mass shootings has seen a steady increase since 2014, when there were 269 mass shootings, compared to 2020 when that number has risen to 611, the archive notes.

Gustaf Kilander16 February 2023 16:30
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PHOTOS: Law enforcement respond to El Paso shooting

People walk near the Cielo Vista Mall after being evacuated by police following a shooting, in El Paso, Texas, U.S February 15, 2023

People hug each other near the Cielo Vista Mall after a shooting, in El Paso, Texas, U.S February 15, 2023

Police officers stand guard at an entrance of a shopping mall, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023, in El Paso, Texas

Law enforcement agents walk in the parking lot of a shopping mall, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023, in El Paso, Texas

Law enforcement members gather outside the Cielo Vista Mall after a shooting, in El Paso, Texas, U.S February 15,2023

Gustaf Kilander16 February 2023 17:00
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Video: Gunman opens fire at El Paso shopping mall

Gunman opens fire inside El Paso shopping mall
The Independent16 February 2023 17:30
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Everything we know about the massacre at Cielo Vista Mall

One man has been killed and another three men wounded in a mass shooting in a shopping mall in El Paso, Texas, sparking renewed terror in a local community still scarred from the last massacre three years ago.

Two suspects – both male – are now in police custody over the incident that unfolded at Cielo Vista Mall on Wednesday late afternoon.

All four victims are males with two of the survivors still in critical condition in hospital.

The shooting has brought back “bad memories” for the El Paso community, with Cielo Vista Mall being located directly adjacent to the Walmart store where 23 people were killed in a racially-motivated mass shooting back in August 2019.

This latest massacre also comes at a time when America is facing a surge in mass shootings – and with it, growing calls for tighter gun control to prevent more communities from being torn apart by gun violence.

Here’s what we know so far about the latest mass shooting in El Paso:

Everything we know about the mass shooting at the Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, Texas

The Cielo Vista Mall is directly adjacent to the Walmart store where 23 people were killed in a racially-motivated mass shooting back in August 2019

Rachel Sharp16 February 2023 18:00
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CNN anchor notes ‘blip of momentum for gun legislation that quickly faded'

CNN anchor and national security correspondent Jim Sciutto tweeted on Thursday about the possibility of new gun legislation that didn’t end up becoming law after previous mass shootings.

“I covered the 2019 El Paso shooting, which was quickly followed by the Dayton shooting. There was a blip of momentum for gun legislation then that quickly faded. And now El Paso in the news again,” he wrote.

Gustaf Kilander16 February 2023 18:30
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Beto O’Rourke shares his outrage after yet another mass shooting

Beto O’Rourke, the former Texas congressman and former Democratic nominee for senate, governor, and 2020 primary candidate for president, shared his outrage on Wednesday night after the shooting.

“This shooting at Cielo Vista is painful for El Paso, especially the families of those killed at the nearby Walmart in 2019. I don’t know the details yet. But what I do know is that I love this town and I will do everything I can to stop this from happening again,” he wrote.

Gustaf Kilander16 February 2023 19:00
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New York Rep says he’s ‘damn tired of having to see people running for their lives'

New York Congressman Ritchie Torres shared his frustration at the repetitive nature of mass shootings on Wednesday night.

“1 person died, several were injured at the food court inside the Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, Texas. The mall is next to the Walmart store where a gunman killed 23 people in Aug 2019. I’m damn tired of having to see people running for their lives almost daily in public places,” he tweeted.

Gustaf Kilander16 February 2023 19:30
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New background checks effort in Congress within a year of first gun safety legislation passed in decades

Connecticut Democratic Senator Chris Murphy is once again trying to put legislative action on the table after Wednesday night’s mass shooting in El Paso and the shooting at Michigan State University earlier this week.

Mr Murphy, who has been a high-profile advocate of gun control since the 2012 school shooting in Newtown in his state, is set to re-introduce legislation on expanding background checks on the sale and transfer of all guns, with some limited exceptions.

The bill has 47 cosponsors in the Senate and in the House, California Democrat Mike Thompson and Pennsylvania Republican Brian Fitzpatrick have introduced a version of the bill, according to Politico.

The fresh attempt comes within a year of the passing of the first gun safety legislation in decades, but it didn’t reach Democratic goals of universal background checks.

Gustaf Kilander16 February 2023 20:00

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