Tuesday 20 August 2019

Death toll reaches 31 as two more victims die

People pray next to a row of crosses representing each of the victims at a growing memorial site two days after a mass shooting at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas. Photo: REUTERS/Callaghan O'Hare/File Photo
People pray next to a row of crosses representing each of the victims at a growing memorial site two days after a mass shooting at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas. Photo: REUTERS/Callaghan O'Hare/File Photo

Cedar Attanasio

Two more victims of the mass shooting at a crowded Walmart in El Paso died yesterday in hospital, raising the death toll for the attack to 22, and 31 in total for the weekend of gun carnage.

One victim is believed to be an elderly woman. Another patient who died had major abdominal wounds affecting the liver, kidneys and intestines. That patient also received a "massive blood transfusion", according to doctors.

Another patient remained in critical condition at the hospital, and five others were in stable condition, two days after the Saturday attack in which more than two dozen people were wounded. A gunman killed nine more in a separate attack in Dayton, Ohio.

Mexican officials have said six Mexican nationals were among the dead in the border city where tens of thousands of Mexicans legally cross each day to work and shop.

Investigators are focusing on whether the El Paso attack was a hate crime after the emergence of a racist, anti-immigrant screed that was posted online shortly beforehand.

Authorities searched for any links between the suspect and the material in the document that was posted online, including the writer's expression of concern that an influx of Hispanics into the US will replace ageing white voters, potentially swinging the White House to Democrats.

The shootings in Texas and Ohio were the 21st and 22nd mass killings of 2019 in the US, according to an AP/'USA Today'/Northeastern University mass murder database which tracks homicides in which four or more people killed - not including the offender. Including the two latest attacks, 127 people have been killed in the 2019 mass shootings.

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