Texas shooter’s links to white supremacism under investigation
A day after the shooting that killed eight people at a shopping mall in Texas (USA), the identity of the attacker remains unknownwho was shot dead by the police. Some media have reported that his identity is being investigated. possible links to white supremacist ideology.
This was stated this Sunday by the newspaper The Wall Street Journalbased on police sources close to the investigation.
The attacker Killed eight people and wounded seven others. after opening fire on dozens of people who were shopping at the Premium Outlets in Allen, a city near Dallas, Texas. He used an AR-15 rifle in the attack, one of the most popular rifles in the United States and one that has been used to perpetrate several massacres.
According to the aforementioned newspaper, the attacker was carrying more weaponsHe was wearing a bulletproof vest and was carrying a large amount of ammunition. The following were found at the crime scene more than one hundred fired cartridges.
Authorities searched a hotel where the attacker is believed to have been staying, and there they found more ammunition.
The Texas Department of Public Safety is leading the investigation and has asked for witnesses who have digital evidence of the shooting to send information.
Perpetrator of the shooting was shot and killed. by a local police officer who was at the Allen Premium Outlets when he heard the shots. It is not yet known how many minutes the perpetrator of the latest massacre that has once again shocked American society was acting.
Five days of mourning
U.S. President Joe Biden said Sunday. five days of national mourning following the shooting.“as a mark of respect for the victims of senseless acts of violence”.
Ordered that the flag of the United States be flown at half-staff at the White House.at all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and at embassies and other official facilities abroad, “until sunset on May 11.”he explained.
The Democratic leader has once again called on Congress to act to stop the gun “epidemic”: “I once again ask Congress to send me a bill banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.”
Biden has also claimed that the law contain measures such as universal background checks, requiring safe storage of weapons, or ending immunity for gun manufacturers.
“We need More action and more speed to save lives.. Too many families have empty chairs at their dinner tables … and Republican members of Congress cannot continue to shrug off this epidemic,” he said.
“The leading cause of death for American children is gun violence,” Biden added in the statement, after learning that at least one of the victims of the Allen shooting is a child under the age of five.
199 shootings so far in 2023.
The United States has suffered at least 199 mass shootings so far this year.according to the Gun Violence Archive, which defines mass shootings as those in which four or more people are killed, not including the perpetrator of the attack.
After publishing a message of condolence on Saturday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, emphasized in an interview on Fox News the need to address the rise in “anger and violence” and blamed the mental health problems the increase in violence.
“What Texas is doing in a big way is that we’re working to address that anger and violence, but going to its root cause, which is addressing mental health issues,” he has said.
“People want a quick fix. The long-term solution here is. address the mental health problem.“, he added, without referring to Biden’s call for laws restricting the use of guns.
In Texas, there are no limits on the amount of ammunition that can be purchased and it is completely legal for someone 18 years old acquires an assault rifle, even though federal law requires him to wait until age 21 if he wants to purchase a handgun.
He also carried an AR-15 rifle Salvador Ramos, the 18-year-old who on May 24 last year barricaded himself in Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, South Texas, killing 21 people.