El Paso Walmart shooting: Multiple people dead, police say

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Multiple people are dead and three people are in custody after a shooting Saturday morning at an El Paso, Texas Walmart, according to authorities.

“We’re searching multiple scenes, but primarily the Walmart,” said Sgt. Enrique Carrillo of the El Paso Police Department, pointing to a nearby mall as another area of focus. “There is not an imminent threat. There is no active shooter currently.”

Mayor Dee Margo told CNN three people are in custody, but he did not give a number of victims.

“This is a tragedy we would have never ever thought would happen in El Paso,” he said. 

The police department tweeted to stay away from the Cielo Vista Mall area. The police also said people should avoid the area from Airway Boulevard to Hawkins Boulevard to north of Interstate 10, near the Walmart. 

Multiple videos on social media posted by shoppers have shown people fleeing the nearby mall.

The first alert from police came at 11:03 a.m. Mountain Time.

Active Shooter in area of Hawkins and Gateway East. Scene is still active avoid the area. RG limited information.

— EL PASO POLICE DEPT (@EPPOLICE) August 3, 2019

A family who was near Walmart during the shooting fled to a nearby Landry’s Seafood, hostess Sofia Cervantes told USA TODAY. 

“They are in shock right now,” Cervantes said. “They were barely able to talk to us.”

Cervantes said the restaurant is on lockdown.

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The shooting comes just days after two people were shot and killed in a Walmart store in Southhaven, Mississippi, south of Memphis, and the same week three people were killed at a shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in California.

This is a developing story.

Contributing: Samuel Gaytan of the El Paso Times

Reach Joey Garrison on Twitter: @joeygarrison

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