Patrick Crusius is accused of injuring nearly two dozen people and killing 22 others in a mass shooting at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas. He is being indicted on 90 federal charges, according to court documents.
El Paso Walmart Shooter Charged With Hate Crimes
Officials are pressing charges against Crusius for the El Paso Walmart massacre that occurred on August 3, 2019. 23 victims survived the massacre and 22 people were killed. It was the deadliest attack against Latinos and one of the deadliest shootings in modern US history. The indictment was unsealed on Thursday.
The hate crime charges include:
- Attempt to kill
- Hate crimes resulting in death
- The use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence
- The use of a firearm to commit murder and in relation to a crime of violence
The indictment states that Crusius is accused of causing harm “because of the actual and perceived national origin of any person.”
A Significant Step Toward Justice for the Victims
US Attorney John F. Bash said that the indictment is a “significant step” toward seeking justice for the victims. He also said that it is “tremendously important” to citizens of both Mexico and the United States.
“This attack deeply scarred this community,” he said.
Crusius could face the death penalty for each of the charges linked toward those who were killed. He could face life in prison for each of the victims who survived. He will make his first federal court appearance on February 12.
The assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, Eric Dreiband also spoke.
“This hate crime may be considered an act of domestic terrorism, as have other hate crimes throughout our history, like the violence wrought by white supremacists and the Ku Klux Klan.”
He also said the agency is facing a “resurgent threat of violence motivated by race, national origin and other categories.”