Southland law enforcement agencies sent messages of sorrow and vigilance Saturday in the wake of a mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, that claimed the lives of multiple victims — as many as 18, according to early reports.
“A weekend trip to the mall should not end in bloodshed,” the Los Angeles Police Department tweeted. “Our hearts go out to the El Paso community, who are dealing with this senseless violence, and the aftermath of a horrific shooting. The LAPD is monitoring the situation and communicating with our law enforcement partners.”
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department tweeted a link to a video on how to survive an active shooter.
“The #LASD is following the tragic news of a #massshooting in #ElPaso.We have no info to indicate an Active Shooter Threat in LA County. In the event of an unlikely attack, this trng video is avail in both English and Spanish. Viewer discretion is advised. bit.ly/2YsjCEg”
The Long Police Department tweeted: “As we hear of the senseless shooting in El Paso, TX we want to assure our #LongBeach community that #LBPD remains vigilant & will be providing extra patrols in shopping center areas. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of El Paso during this very difficult time.”
The killings were allegedly carried out by a 21-year-old man who was taken into custody without incident. According to CNN, his name is Patrick Crusius and he is from Allen, Texas, several hundred miles east of El Paso.
“Terrible shootings in ElPaso, Texas,” President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday afternoon. “Reports are very bad, many killed. Working with State and Local authorities, and Law Enforcement. Spoke to Governor to pledge total support of Federal Government. God be with you all!”