The United States lived one of its worst weekends due to violence with firearms, after two attacks carried out in less than 24 hours resulted in 29 deaths and fifty wounded.
They confirm 20 dead and 26 wounded after shooting in Texas
The first of the shootings, recorded on Saturday at a mall in El Paso , Texas, left 20 dead and 26 wounded, some of them critics, according to authorities in this city in the southern United States, who arrested a white man from 21 years and investigate the incident as a possible hate crime.
“Twenty innocent people from El Paso lost their lives,” Texas Governor Greg Abbott said at a press conference hours after the shooting, which began mid-morning at the Walmar store.
According to Greg Allen, chief of the El Paso police, on the border with Mexico, the shooting is investigated as “a possible hate crime”, as a manifesto attributed to the suspect circulating on the Internet denounces a “Hispanic invasion of Texas” and Explain the reasons for the attack.
Democratic candidate and former congressman Beto O’Rourke , born in El Paso, accused President Donald Trump of inciting hatred by changing “the character of this country” and leading him “to violence.”
A few hours after this attack, at 1:00 a.m. on Sunday, local time in Dayton , in the state of Ohio (east), a man killed nine people and left 26 wounded before being killed by police.
Police guard the shooting area at a Dayton location. AFP
“The author is killed by gunshot wounds caused by the police response,” said local police lieutenant colonel Matt Carper.
The suspect opened fire on the street “with a long-barrel gun and many ammunition,” he added.
“Fortunately we had many agents in the vicinity when the incident began, so the violence lasted a short time.”
“It is a very tragic incident and we are trying our best to investigate and try to identify the motive” of the shooting, said Carper, who also reported that many witnesses and police were still being questioned “to determine if there was anyone else involved.”
The investigation began at the premises in Dayton. AFP
President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter that the first shooting “was an act of cowardice” and that “there are no reasons or excuses that justify killing innocent people.”
The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, reported that three Mexicans died in that attack, while the Foreign Ministry of that country reported six wounded.
Andrés Manuel López Obrador. AFP
López Obrador gave his condolences and lamented “this fact, I know El Paso, Texas, I know it is a very peaceful place, of the counties with less violence in the United States”.
El Paso has 680,000 inhabitants, 83% of whom Hispanic, according to 2018 data, and during the last five years recorded an average of 18 homicides a year, a homicide rate low compared to other cities of similar size.
The city is a neighbor of Mexico City Ciudad Juarez, in the state of Chihuahua, and its inhabitants maintain an intense social and commercial dynamic, with citizens from both sides coming and going to work, study or shop.
El Salvador lamented the dead in the shooting and said to condemn “the xenophobic expressions of the perpetrator against the Latino community in the United States.”
With these two attacks, the United States has already suffered 251 mass shootings, according to data from the NGO Gun Violence Archive, which qualifies them thus when there are at least four victims.
After the El Paso tragedy, as often happens after all the massacres, numerous voices have risen to demand a stricter regulation of the arms market.
“It is time to act and put an end to this epidemic of gun-related violence,” tweeted Joe Biden, a favorite to become a Democratic candidate for the White House.
The United States, where the bearing of arms is legal, regularly suffers shootings in schools, as well as in places of worship, work and entertainment.
On Tuesday, two people died and a policeman was injured in another Walmart store in Mississippi, while last Sunday a man killed three people, including a six-year-old boy, at a gastronomic festival in Gilroy, California, south of San Francisco.