The suspect in this morning's mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso was identified as Patrick Crusius, 21 of Allen. According to El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen, 22 people were killed and 24 people were wounded in the shooting.
The suspect was taken into police custody after he surrendered inside the store.
"The situation, needless to say, is a horrific one," Allen said. "Everyone that carries a badge in this town pretty much showed up to that particular scene."
El Paso police spokesman Sgt. Robert Gomez noted there were up to 3,000 shoppers and about 100 employees at the time as back-to-school is a peak season.
State Rep. Jeff Leach said in a statement that Crusius is a 2017 graduate of Plano Senior High School.
"As state representative for this area, I am communicating directly with local law enforcement, Plano ISD leaders and fellow state officials to ensure we are responding appropriately and offering any and all assistance and aid to our friends in El Paso," he said.
Allen police reported limited past contact with the suspect. He was reported as a runaway in 2014 but returned home without incident within half an hour. In 2014 he was listed as a student/passenger on a Plano ISD school bus that was involved in a minor traffic accident that Allen PD investigated. In March of this year the suspect called Allen dispatch to report a false residential alarm at his grandparents’ home. The call was cleared without incident according to protocol.
APD said there is no record of contact with the department in reference to the suspect and any activity that he may have been engaged or involved in.
“On behalf of all the members of the Allen Police Department our thoughts and prayers are with the family members and friends of those affected by this tragedy in El Paso,“ the statement said.
Collin College also released a statement confirming Crusius attended the college.
"We are saddened and horrified by the news of the shooting today in El Paso, Texas," the statement read. "A student by the name of Patrick Crusius attended Collin College from fall 2017 through spring 2019."
It stated that Collin College is prepared to cooperate authorities in the investigation.
"We join the governor and all Texans in expressing our heartfelt concern for the victims of the shooting and their loved ones."
Allen said the state will potentially pursue murder charges and could be looking at the shooting as a hate crime.