Mexicans Sue Walmart Over El Paso Shooting

People gather as Walmart Supercenter on Gateway West in El Paso,Texas was reopened after an American flag atop the store was raised from half mast and a banner displaying “El Paso Strong” was unveiled on November 14, 2019. 
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Mexico’s government said Wednesday it has helped 10 Mexican citizens file lawsuits against Walmart over an August shooting at a store in El Paso, Texas, where a suspected white nationalist killed 22 people.

“The objective of these suits, presented in El Paso County, is to hold the company responsible for not taking reasonable and necessary measures to protect its clients from the attack,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.

“The plaintiffs are seeking not only justice for themselves but security for the general public.”

The suits were brought by survivors of the attack, their relatives and families of the victims, the foreign ministry said.

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Eight Mexicans were killed and eight wounded in the August 3 attack in El Paso, a city on the US-Mexican border where 83 percent of the population is Latino.

The alleged shooter, Patrick Wood Crusius, 21, reportedly told police he was trying to kill as many Mexicans as possible.

He posted a manifesto online before the attack denouncing a “Hispanic invasion” of Texas.

Crusius pleaded not guilty last month. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Mexico has condemned the shooting as a “terrorist attack.”

Walmart said in September it would stop selling ammunition for handguns and some military-style rifles at its stores, calling the status quo on firearms in the United States “unacceptable.”

The US-based retail giant also said it would bar customers from carrying firearms in its stores.

A new shooting in an Oklahoma Walmart left three people dead Monday, including the suspected gunman. Another Walmart shooting in July killed two employees.

AFP

Six US Police Wounded In Philadelphia Shooting

Police officers gather near the scene of a shooting on August 14, 2019, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. PHOTO: Mark Makela/Getty Images/AF

 

Six police officers were shot and wounded in the US city of Philadelphia on Wednesday during an hours-long incident that began when police tried to execute a narcotics warrant, the Philadelphia Police Department said.

All of the officers were later released from the hospital, but Police Commissioner Richard Ross Jr said that in 30 years he had never seen so many officers shot over such a long period of time.

The incident comes after two mass shootings in the US earlier this month — one in Dayton, Ohio and the other in El Paso, Texas — left a total of 31 people dead.

Two other officers who had been trapped in a house with the suspected shooter — who had been firing out of the window — were finally freed later in the evening, Ross said during a press conference.

The suspect was later taken into custody and SWAT personnel were clearing the house, department spokesman Eric Gripp said on Twitter.

Gripp had first tweeted about the incident hours earlier, around 4:40 pm local time (2040 GMT), and continued to advise the public to stay away from the area throughout the evening.

“It is nothing short of astounding that in such a confined space that we didn’t have more of a tragedy than we did,” Ross said.

The episode began as an attempt to execute a narcotics warrant “that went awry almost immediately,” he explained.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney praised his city’s police department but called out federal and state politicians for their response to gun violence.

“This government, both federal and state level, don’t want to do anything about getting guns off the street,” he said at a press conference.

“Our officers deserve to be protected and don’t deserve to be shot at by a guy for hours with (an) unlimited amount of bullets. It’s disgusting. We need to do something about it.”

Despite rampant gun violence in the United States, efforts to strengthen firearms regulations remain divisive in the country, where the powerful National Rifle Association works to block stricter rules.

AFP