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Another El Paso shooting victim dies; death toll at 22

11 months 1 week 5 days ago Saturday, August 03 2019 Aug 3, 2019 August 03, 2019 2:30 PM August 03, 2019 in News
Source: Associated Press
EL PASO, Texas (AP) - A hospital official says another victim of the weekend mass shooting in El Paso has died.
  
Dr. Stephen Flaherty, of the Del Sol Medical Center, says the patient was one of two victims of Saturday's attack to die at the hospital on Monday. Police earlier announced the death of one of the patients.
  
The new deaths bring the death toll from the attack to 22. More than two dozen other people were wounded.
The suspected gunman, 21-year-old Patrick Crusius, has been booked on capital murder charges.
Crusius, armed with a rifle, opened fire in an El Paso shopping area packed with as many as 3,000 people during the busy back-to-school season.
 
El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen is linking Crusius to a racist, anti-immigrant screed posted online shortly before the shooting. 
Chief Allen told reporters Sunday that "we have to attribute that manifesto directly to him." Prosecutors say they'll seek the death penalty.
  
The document posted online expressed concern that an influx of Hispanics into the United States will replace aging white voters, potentially turning Texas blue in elections and swinging the White House to the Democrats.
  
When asked whether the shooting was a hate crime, Allen said "it's beginning to look more solidly like that is the case."
  
Federal prosecutors say they're treating the shooting as a domestic terrorism case.
President Donald Trump is ordering flags at half-staff in remembrance of the victims of two mass shootings in less than a day that killed at least 29 people and injured dozens more.
  
A proclamation released by the White House on Sunday says the nation shares "in the pain and suffering of all those who were injured in these two senseless attacks."
  
The first attack Saturday in El Paso was followed by another shooting in a nightlife district in Dayton, Ohio, which claimed nine lives.
  
Trump has been out of public view since both shootings. He has reacted to the attacks on Twitter.

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