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UPDATES 8/4: Hospitals provide updates on victims: D.A. Esparza ‘We Will Seek the Death Penalty’

This story will serve as an update for the events, comments and other information that comes into our newsroom on Sunday.  To read yesterday’s statements and view the videos, click here.

During the Sunday morning news conference various city and law enforcement officials spoke to the press and the public, providing an update for the information gathered in the last 24 hours.

Mayor Dee Margo began the news conference by simply saying that  the “outpouring of support from around the nation and around the world was phenomenal.”  Adding that “El Paso is a resilient city, and the incident would not define us.

Chief Greg Allen stated that the facts from Saturday ‘had not really changed,’ and that the task of removing bodies from the scene was underway.  He added that the entire scene would then be handed back over for public access.

District Attorney Jaime Esparza said his department was working with all local law enforcement as well as the US Attorney’s Office as the investigation moves forward.

Esparza confirmed that the charge against the alleged gunman would be Capital Murder, and would make him eligible for the death penalty.

“We will seek the death penalty…the loss of life is so great, we certainly have not seen this in our community, we are a safe community, and certainly this community is rocked and shocked by this situation, but we will proceed…” Esparza added.

To view the entire news conference, click play above.

UPDATE 8/4 9:40 p.m.

Ysleta ISD, Vitalant to host blood drive in support of shooting victims

The Ysleta Independent School District and Vitalant will host a blood drive from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5 at the Ysleta ISD Central Office Atrium, located at 9600 Sims Drive.

The drive is in response to the call for blood donations from local hospitals that are treating victims of Saturday’s mass shooting at the Cielo Vista Walmart. Any eligible donors who are 16-years-old or older are encouraged to bring a photo ID and donate blood during the drive.


Free Meals To First Responders and Blood Donors

Evolution proudly announces its appreciation to the city of El Paso for coming together to help the victims and families of Saturdays senseless tragedy.

This Monday and Tuesday (Aug 5thand 6th) Evolution will be giving all first responders and all blood donors free meals from 10am thru 4pm. Located at 1420 Lee Trevino, El Paso, TX 79936 (inside the Burritos Crisostomo Food Court) Free meals include one (1) choice of menu items available that range from Brisket Tacos, Chicken Tacos, Burgers or a healthy meal prep.  ID/Badge or blood donor card must be shown, limit one meal.

“The El Paso community is resilient and together we will heal and overcome, no one can tear us apart or instill fear in us.  This is our city and we are Strong.” Says Mando Garcia owner of Evolution Foods.  “The free meals are our way to show our appreciation and to help do our part in this process, we are here for El Paso.”

Evolution is based in El Paso’s eastside and serves healthy meal preps with vegetarian and keto options. Meal preps are available for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The kitchen also serves lunch Monday-Friday which includes; Tacos, Burgers and more. Located at 1420 Lee Trevino, inside the Burritos Crisostomo Food Court.

UPDATE 8/4 9:05 p.m.

Statement from UTEP President Diana Natalicio Regarding Aug. 3 Events in El Paso

“All of us at UTEP share with our fellow El Pasoans the pain of recent horrific events in our community, and our thoughts and prayers are with the families whose lives have been most directly affected. The UTEP family stands together with you as we confront this incomprehensible tragedy and its aftermath. El Paso is a deeply caring and resilient community, and these qualities will enable us to become even stronger as we work together through this difficult period. On the UTEP campus, we will do all that we can to support our students, faculty and staff as they seek to cope with this tragic situation. Our students are encouraged to seek the assistance of the Counseling and Psychological Services staff on campus or call the Miners Talk Crisis Line, and support is available for our faculty and staff through the employee assistance program.”  ​

– UTEP President Diana Natalicio

UPDATE 8/4  7:05 p.m.


University Medical Center of El Paso and El Paso Children’s Hospital today provided an update on the patients treated as a result of the mass casualty shooting at an El Paso Walmart on Aug. 3.

The total number of patients brought to UMC as a result of the shooting is now 15. Of those, two are children with non-life threatening injuries. These two children were discharged today. One adult patient is a transfer from another hospital, in need of surgery with injuries caused by the shooting.

Another patient has died, and two other patients have been discharged.

The remaining 10 patients range in condition from stable to critical.

Another update will be provided Aug. 5.

UPDATE 8/4  6:45 p.m.

Congresswoman Veronica Escobar Remarks During Press Conference with El Paso Elected Officials and Community and Faith Leaders in Response to Domestic Terrorism Investigation

We are taking a moment from the time we’ve been spending with families and the community of El Paso to make a statement about the decision announced earlier today by United States Attorney John Bash, who confirmed that the Department of Justice would be investigating the massacre in our community as domestic terrorism.

But before we do that, we must make some acknowledgements.

First, we again recognize the valor and quick response by local, state and federal law enforcement, our firefighters, ambulance services, as well as the incredible work of the doctors, nurses, techs, and all healthcare professionals in our community. Our first responders saved more lives than we even understand.

Second, we thank the heroes — the women and men who aren’t with law enforcement, but who are civilians who jumped in to save children, the elderly, and many others who benefitted from their courage in those terrifying moments. There’s no doubt that we will be hearing countless stories of heroism by every day El Pasoans in the days and weeks to come.

And finally, we thank the community. In El Paso, everyone is family. And when family needs you, we are there.

El Pasoans, from the moment we learned of the horrific events, we have opened up their hearts and wrapped their arms around those in pain and suffering.

Yesterday, today, tomorrow and the weeks and months to come will be no different.

We encourage those who can make donations to visit the El Paso Community Foundation or Paso del Norte Community Foundation webpages, where they have established victims relief funds. They are coordinating the financial support we’d all like to provide to families who have lost loved ones, and families whose loved ones are recovering.

El Paso is resilient and strong, and as long as there is someone in need, we will be there.  Nothing will or can change that.

But we would be remiss if we did not address the determination by the Department of Justice.

We are heartened that this has been recognized for what it is: a racially-motivated terrorist attack on our safe and tranquil community.

The shooter came into our community because we are a Hispanic community and because we have immigrants in our community. He came here to harm us.

The Department of Justice and local law enforcement have identified this as being motivated by hate.

And it is this hate that is at the root of much suffering in our country. There are deadly consequences to bigotry, racism and hate. There are deadly consequences to dehumanizing our fellow human beings.

Domestic terrorism is one of those deadly consequences, and we stand together in calling for our federal government to hear the alarm sounded by federal law enforcement about “conspiracy theory-driven domestic extremists.”

To Immediately instruct federal agencies and law enforcement to draft a national plan to deal with white supremacy and domestic terrorism as a national crisis.

And support legislation and funding that would deal with the national emergency that we face with both the gun violence epidemic as well as the hate epidemic plaguing our country.

El Paso is an incredible community — we have been safe for decades. Historically, El Paso has led the nation in its desegregation and integration efforts; and during moments of crisis, we’ve demonstrated to the country how we treat strangers and the most vulnerable in our midst.  We will continue to do this because we have chosen to face challenges with decency, strength and love.

We will continue to celebrate our diversity, and come together in unity, especially during times of strife. We will persevere.

And we have a request of our fellow Americans. If we are to honor all of fallen, the survivors, their families and their communities in El Paso, Ohio and across the country, we can only do that by treating one another — everyone — with dignity and kindness. El Pasoans are doing that – we have done that – and we ask everyone to join us

UPDATE 8/4 4:35 p.m.


“Following the mass shooting on Saturday in El Paso, Texas, 11 victims were transported and treated at Del Sol Medical Center. As of August 4, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. MT, eight patients remain in this hospital, with three in critical condition and five in stable condition. Two patients have been discharged, and one patient has been transferred to another El Paso-area hospital.

“I am incredibly grateful to the physicians, nurses and staff here in El Paso who have worked tirelessly to care for the victims and their families this weekend.”

–David Shimp, chief executive officer of Del Sol Medical Center

UPDATE 8/4 10:45 a.m.

City officials hold press conference providing updates on yesterday’s deadly shooting (see video above)

UPDATE 8/4 10:35 a.m.

Sunday Vigil

In response to the horrific shooting and loss of life that unfolded today in the borderlands, the Interfaith Alliance of the Southwest will hold a faith vigil – Sunday August 4th.  The vigil will be held at Ponder Park, located at 7500 W H Burges Drive.

A prelude with music at 6:30 pm will be followed by inter-faith prayer, reflection and mourning at 7pm.

Parishes around the Diocese of El Paso will be holding prayer vigils in response to the horrific events of the last 24 hours. Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in the North East will have a holy hour with exposition from 3-4pm and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in the Lower Valley will hold a prayer vigil at the parish at 7pm.

UPDATE 8/4  8:15 a.m.

Bishop Mark J. Seitz, D.D. Statement on El Paso Mass Shooting August 3, 2019

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” ~Matthew 5: 4

After this tragic day in El Paso my heart is filled with sadness for the many victims and their families. Saturday began like any other. People were going about their daily activities. Some chose to stop by the local Walmart to pick up some things. And then hatred and evil insanity interjected their senseless aggression.

As a minister I am called to be present to those who suffered this attack and to their families. I need to do so with a sense of composure. But as I visited with victims and those they love my heart was breaking within me. Their questions are mine as well. Why the innocent children? Why the mothers with babes in their arms? Why should any human being ever be subjected to such violence?

Once again in our nation we see the face of evil. We see the effects of a mind possessed by hatred. We see the effects of the sinful and insipid conviction that some of us are better than others of us because of race, religion, language or nationality. “He waited for judgment, but see, bloodshed! For justice, but hark, the outcry!” (Isa. 5:7).

In the last several months, the borderlands have shown the world that generosity, compassion and human dignity are more powerful than the forces of division. The great sickness of our time is that we have forgotten how to be compassionate, generous and humane. Everything is competition. Everything is greed. Everything is cold. Tenderness and the love that knows no borders are crucified in a whirlwind of deadly self-seeking, fear and vindictiveness.

It was precisely to confront this diabolic evil that God sent his Son into the world. It was to enter into the midst of this and to experience its full force that the innocent one, Jesus, experienced his passion and cross. Just when it appeared that evil had won the day Christ rose victorious!

This is my hope for all who have suffered this violence today and for our community. The Christ who suffered is in our midst. He is our companion. We trust he will raise up the fallen, bring healing to the victims and console our broken community.

Our El Paso community will indeed rise above this terrible day. Our God is a loving God, greater than hatred, more powerful than evil. We trust that we will witness the fulfillment of his words, “See, I make all things new!” (Rev. 21:5) Today let us mourn the dead and pray for them.

Tomorrow let us recommit to love. And let us all brace ourselves for just action that will overcome the forces of division and build a more loving society.

Most Reverend Mark J. Seitz, DD Bishop of El Paso


Letters to the Editor – 8/4


I got up  this morning to discover that while I had been sleeping El Paso had been thrown into darkness.  The type of darkness that on some days you will wonder if you will ever see a glimpse of the sun again.

But right now – I hope, somehow it may  lighten your load to know we are weeping with you.

One individual cannot bring down a City like El Paso.   From experience in I can tell you it  has the opposite effect.   And as each individual is ready there will be  A sunrise.

Take care of each other – “YOU ARE ONE”



J.W. King

Oh God! Why El Paso?  I grew up on your streets. I attended your school’s there. My life was painted in El Paso.

Every other town I have lived, I have thought back to El Paso.  I’ve never cried for El Paso, except tonight.

I can’t be there physically, but mentally people of El Paso God is with you.

North Carolina

Mass shooting at Cielo Vista Walmart kills 20, injures 26; Suspect in custody

With helicopters still circling and scores of law enforcement agencies investigating the massive crime scene, officials released the initial death toll from the mass shooting at the Walmart at Cielo Vista Mall, putting the toll at 20 dead, and 26 injured.

Governor Abbott, surrounded by elected officials from El Paso, opened the Saturday evening news conference, with ‘Texas grieves today…” as he spoke about the deadly shooting, also confirming the number of fatalities during the morning’s mass shooting at Walmart and Cielo Vista Mall.

Abbott talked about El Pasoans who were lined up at local blood donation centers throughout the city, and praised the strength of the citizens and that would carry the city through the tough times ahead.

Mayor Dee Margo was then handedthe microphone, offering his prayers and thoughts for the El Pasoans killed and injured.  He said the crime was ‘senseless and evil’  and not at all what El Paso was about.

El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen shared that the first call went out at 10:39 a.m. and officers arrived six minutes later at 10:45 a.m. An obviously emotional Allen simply said the entire event was a ‘horrific situation.’

As for the investigative side, Allen mentioned the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Department of Public Safety, and Customs and Border Protections for their assistance. The Chief also said that the State of Texas is lead agency in this situation.

“Basically everyone that carried a badge in the El Paso area showed up today,” Allen shared.

Allen also said the crime scene would be ‘in play’ for a long period of time, adding that there were still victims on scene and would remain there until the entire scene is processed.

As for the reason for the crime, Allen said that it was “looking like a hate crime,” pointing to a ‘manifesto’ that the alleged shooter shared on social media.

Chief Allen would only identify him as a ’21-year-old’ male out of Allen, Texas

Then FBI Special Agent in Charge for El Paso Emmerson Buie stated that the bureau would review evidence, and provide overall support for the murder investigation.

At the end of the news conference, Congresswoman Veronica Escobar forcefully intoned that ‘bigotry, hate and racism’ were at the core of this attack; adding that it took someone from  “outside the community to inflict this on us.”

As the press conference drew to a close, Mayor Margo simply said, “We are a special community – this would not have come from an El Pasoan.”

The full news conference is below:


Update 8/3/2019 10:10 p.m.

LULAC Statement in Response to Shooting in El Paso

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) today declared the mass killing of 20 people and wounding of 26 others in El Paso a blatant act of racial hatred against Latinos in the United States and blamed President Trump for deliberately feeding into the anti-immigrant frenzy and white supremacist violence.

The following statement was issued today by Domingo Garcia, National President for the League of United Latin American Citizens:

“Once again, senseless gun violence strikes at the heart of another American community. We are shocked and saddened by this senseless and brutal attack of domestic terrorism, and we wish to express our deepest condolences to everyone who has been affected by this tragedy.

From a review of the shooter’s social media posts and his so-called manifesto, the murders appear to be motivated by hate. Innocent Latinos were targeted today, and those killed were innocent mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters. Today’s heinous act, like so many in the last few years, is not a random hate crime; it is domestic terrorism motived by ethnic hatred.

The xenophobic hate speech of President Trump continues to fan the flames of hatred in this country. And today, President Trump’s xenophobic rhetoric and policies inspired the killing of innocent women, children, and men at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas.

LULAC is not and will not politicize this horrific tragedy.  However, we have an obligation to our membership and to our community to call out hate and injustice. We will not stand by while our Latino sisters and brothers, or any American, continues to be endangered by this President and his Administration.

Today, LULAC calls for the immediate convening of a FBI Special Task Force for Hate Crime Domestic Terrorism in the United States. Words, investigations, and short news cycles on mass shootings, will no longer suffice. Only resolve and action to curtail the sale of firearms meant for war will keep America safe from unstable civilians inspired by President Trump’s racial hatred.

Our membership is diverse: we are Democrats, Republicans, card carrying NRA members and gun control supporters alike. But we all agree that the xenophobic hate speech of President Trump continues to fan the flames of racial, ethnic and religious hatred in this country. The senseless hate killings in America must end now.

In the interim, LULAC is calling our members and fellow citizens to donate blood at their nearest Red Cross facility. We are setting up a page on GoFundMe to assist the families of the victims with burial and medical expenses, and will have details soon. 100% of the proceeds will go to the families. Please keep them in your prayers tonight.”

Update 8/3/2019 9:05 p.m.

State Delegation Statement on Shooting at Cielo Vista Wal-Mart

Our Fellow El Pasoans:

The mass shooting that was visited on our community today has left us both heartbroken and filled with resolve. In the face of the worst, El Paso responded with its best. We’re incredibly grateful for the work our first responders did to keep people safe and proud of how many people immediately offered to donate their blood, their services, and their time to help those affected by this shocking violence.

We’ve already worked directly with Governor Abbott to identify state funding and resources that are being deployed immediately to assist the victims and their families. You can also count on us to continue working to understand the who, what, and why behind the shooting; we’ll keep you informed as we do.

As we learn more, we intend to translate that into action in Austin. You elected us to make El Paso safe and prosperous, so we refuse to stand idly by wringing our hands as if nothing can be done to make these crimes less likely in the future. It can, so we’ll fight.

In the meantime, please join us in supporting those affected by this tragedy in every way we can. The bonds of love and fellowship we all share are stronger than the hatred and fear that confronts us now. Let’s stand in that power together and lift each other up.

El Paso Strong,

Sen. José Rodríguez Spkr. Joe Moody Rep. Mary González
Rep. César Blanco Rep. Lina Ortega Rep. Art Fierro

Update  8/3/2019 8:05 p.m.

TTUHSC El Paso President Lange Offers Condolences After Mass Shooting

Richard Lange, M.D., MBA, President of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, released the following statement in the wake of today’s mass shooting.

“We are shocked and saddened by the senseless act of violence that occurred in East-Central El Paso earlier today.

We offer our deepest condolences to the families of the victims. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those impacted by this tragedy, as well as the first responders, law enforcement officials, and nurses and physicians working tirelessly at local hospitals, including our physicians from Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso and TTUHSC El Paso students at University Medical Center of El Paso and El Paso Children’s Hospital.

Our health sciences center stands strong with the El Paso community, and our faculty, students and staff are here for the victims and their families.

Counseling services will be made available to TTUHSC El Paso employees during this difficult time.”

Update 8/3/2019 7:05 p.m.

Statement from Mayor Margo:

Our community will not be defined by this senseless act of violence. We will be defined by the unity and compassion we show in the wake of this tragedy.  Adair and I, with the rest of El Paso will pray for and mourn those who we have lost. We will remember their lives and honor their memories together. United, our community will heal. El Paso is too strong to be broken by this cowardly act.

Update 8/3/2019 3:40 p.m.

El Paso Police Department spokesperson Robert Gomez updated the press, saying he knew of at least one death related to the shooting, but quickly added that all the victims, their condition and other information was still not available.

At least 22 victims were transported to local hospitals, where EPPD officials say blood donations are needed.  The public is directed to two locations – 424 South Mesa Hills and 133 North Zaragoza to donate.

Update 8/3/2019 3:30 p.m.

Shooting victims arrive at UMC, EPCH

University Medical Center of El Paso has received 13 patients related to today’s mass casualty shooting in El Paso. Two children have arrived and were transported to El Paso Children’s Hospital. Patients are currently being treated by surgeons and specialists at UMC, joined by physicians and staff from Texas Tech and El Paso Children’s Hospital.

We do not have a status all patients to report at this time. Families of victims are arriving at UMC and are being assisted by UMC staff and counselors. “This is a terrible tragedy and we are doing everything possible to treat and care for the victims and assist their families,” said Jacob Cintron, UMC President & CEO. “Our hearts go out to all the victims of this terrible incident and we will continue to provide the best possible care in hopes of a quick recovery for all.”

“We have the very best surgeons and specialists for treating children in our region,” said Cindy Stout, EPCH President & CEO. “The children that have been brought to us have been stabilized and are receiving the best care possible.”

El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego has arrived at UMC and is comforting families and providing support. “We have the very best medical care in our region supporting the victims of this terrible day.”

Update 8/3/2019 2:45 p.m.

Statement from the El Paso Community Foundation

El Paso has had to deal with a terrible tragedy. On the morning of August 3, at least one confirmed shooter entered several busy retail locations and opened fire.

The El Paso Community Foundation is accepting funds to help the families of those affected. The foundation will waive all administrative fees, and pay all credit card fees associated with this fund.

We are working with the County of El Paso and the City of El Paso to try to help in any way we can.  Go to

The El Paso Community Foundation Plaza Classic Film Festival is continuing as planned. We are not going to let this destroy our ability to come together as a community.

Keep the victims in your thoughts and prayers.

FirstLight Federal Credit Union to match donations for El Paso Shooting Victims’ Relief Fund

As we continue to mourn today’s tragic events, we are grateful for the overwhelming support and donations that have come in.
FirstLight Federal Credit Union will match the next $25,000 that is donated

Update 8/3/2019 2:30 p.m.


“Earlier today, the El Paso Police Department and emergency personnel responded to an active shooting that occurred in East El Paso. Of those involved, 11 victims ranging from 35 years old to 82 years old, were transported and are being treated at Del Sol Medical Center. Two patients are in stable condition and nine are in critical condition.

For more information, please call the patient hotline at 915-263-6999. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and the El Paso community during this tragic event.”

–David Shimp, chief executive officer of Del Sol Medical Center

Update 8/3/2019 2:06 p.m.

Congresswoman Veronica Escobar Statement on Tragic Shootings in El Paso

Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16) issued the following statement after today’s tragic shootings in El Paso:
“Today, El Paso is facing the indescribable pain and horror that too many other American communities have had to endure. Our hearts are completely broken by this needless loss of life, especially here in our beautiful home. We mourn for the victims and everyone involved.

“We are grateful for the courage of our first responders, law enforcement, and El Pasoans who are helping one another. In the very difficult hours and days ahead, our community will provide the strength and comfort the survivors and their families need. And to all of us who have the power to end this horror – I am imploring that we come together, and once and for all address the gun violence epidemic that plagues our nation.”

Update 8/3/2019 1:40 p.m.

El Paso Police Department spokesperson Robert Gomez, confirms one suspect in custody related to the active shooter situation at Cielo Vista Mall. No confirmation on other suspects, but continue to investigate the scene. They are not ruling out other shooters.

At 10 a.m. 911 received calls from Walmart Cielo Vista area and Cielo Vista Mall.

There are multiple casualties. No confirmation yet on injuries or deaths. The site is being secured.

Families separated during the evacuations from the emergency scenes need to get to MacArthur Elementary at 8101 Whitus Drive. Do not approach the Walmart or Cielo Vista Mall as the investigation is on-going.

EP Locomotive FC postpones Saturday Night Match with Portland Timbers 2

In light of today’s tragedy in El Paso, Texas, tonight’s Locomotive match against Portland Timbers 2 will be postponed until further notice. More information will be disseminated once available. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected and our community.

Update 8/3/2019 1:12 p.m.

Tweet from Mayor Dee Margo

Update 8/3/2019 12:37 p.m.


Update 8/3/2019 12:37 p.m.

Eye witness and Ft. Bliss soldier Glendon Oakly, was inside the mall as the shooting started when a child ran in and alerted to the active shooter.

“We didn’t believe him at first” he said, then he heard the richohet. He went for his concealed weapon and starting helping children out of dangers way.

He said the entire situation reminded him of his time in Afghanistan.

Update 8/3/2019 11 a.m.


The headline on the story previously read “Mass shooting at Walmart, Cielo Vista Mall kills 20, injures 26; Suspect in custody”

As the headline was written as information was being received by officials and relayed to the news media – the actual location subsequently changed; therefore we have edited the headline and lede to reflect the correct information.

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