El Paso shooting: ‘Multiple fatalities’ in Texas mall attack

El Paso shooting: 'Multiple fatalities' in Texas mall attack 15

A shooting at a Texas shopping mall has ended in “multiple fatalities”, local officials say.

The shooting happened at Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, just a few miles from the US-Mexico border.

At least 22 people arrived at local hospitals for treatment for their injuries.

One person is in custody, and police did not believe there were multiple shooters, a spokesperson said, but was unable to provide casualty figures.

“We don’t want to do anything prematurely until we have accurate facts for you,” he said, declining to provide details on the injured.

First reports of a shooting emerged at around 11:00 local time (18:00 GMT).

There were reports of gunfire in several locations – in both the Cielo Vista Mall and the nearby Walmart, police said – but reports of further gunshots at another nearby mall, Bassett, were not true.

“Initial reports of the weapon was a rifle – I can’t confirm that yet,” the spokesman said.

He could not confirm any details about the suspect, except that he was male. No officers had fired their weapons in apprehending him, he said.

A map shows El Paso in relation to Texas and Mexico

Police said they no longer believed there was any immediate threat to the public, but were continuing searches.

“This is a tragedy that we never, ever would have thought would happen in El Paso,” El Paso Mayor Dee Margo told CNN. “It tears me up.”

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