Man accused in Walmart mass shooting indicted on hate crimes, firearm charges

Posted at 5:58 PM, Feb 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-06 19:01:42-05

EL PASO, TX — The man accused of killing 22 people inside an El Paso Walmart in August 2019 was indicted by a federal grand jury on hate crimes and firearm charges.

The indictment alleges that on August 3, 2019, 21-year-old Patrick Wood Crusius opened fire with an assault rifle and shot multiple people in and around the Walmart Supercenter in El Paso, leading to the death of 22 people and injuring many more, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

The indictment further alleges that on that same day, Crusius uploaded a document he had drafted entitled "The Inconvenient Truth" to the Internet. The document opened by stating, "This attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas. They are the instigators, not me. I am simply defending my country from cultural and ethnic replacement brought on by the invation."

The indictment claims Crusius willfully caused bodily injury to the victims because of the actual and perceived national origin of any person.

In total, the 90-count indictment charges Crusius with 22 counts of hate crimes resulting in death, 23 hate crimes involving an attempt to kill, and 45 counts of discharging a firearm in releation to the hate crimes.

If convicted, the charges in the indictment call for the death penalty or life in prison. The Attorney General will decide whether to seek the death penalty at a later time.

Crusius is currently in state custody pending state criminal charges.