El Paso Walmart shooter Patrick Crusius pleads guilty to killing 23
February 8, 2023 5:27pm
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The man accused of gunning down 23 people at an El Paso Walmart in a racially-motivated 2019 attack pleaded guilty Wednesday.
Patrick Crusius admitted 90 federal charges in connection to the mass shooting in which the now-24-year-old drove over 10 hours from the Dallas suburbs to the border with an AK-47 and hundreds of rounds of ammunition specifically to target latinos.
The charges included 23 counts of hate crimes resulting in death, 23 counts of use of a firearm to commit murder during and in relation to a crime of violence, 22 counts of hate crimes involving an attempt to kill and 22 counts of use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.
Crusius told investigators he cased the busy department store to make sure it was filled with latin people — many of whom had crossed over the border from Mexico to shop — before opening fire in the parking lot then entering the store, murdering 23 and wounding 22 on Aug. 3, 2019.
“This attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas,” he posted online just minutes before the massacre. “I am simply defending my country from cultural and ethnic replacement brought on by an invasion.”