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Federal Grand Jury returns with additional charges against Walmart shooter

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Today, a federal grand jury in El Paso returned with additional charges against the Cielo Vista Walmart shooter, Patrick Wood Crusius, 21, to include new charges related to the death of a 23rd  victim. 

According to a media release by the Department of Justice (DOJ)the superseding indictment includes a new hate crime and firearm charge after Guillermo Garcia, 36, who had been shot on Aug. 3, 2019, died April 25 because of the injuries he sustained. 

The superseding indictment alleges that in June 2019, Crusius used the internet to purchase a semi-automatic rifle and 1,000 rounds of ammunition. On Aug. 3, after considerable planning and premeditation, Crusius took the assault rifle and ammunition and drove from his residence in Allen, TX, to the Walmart Supercenter store located on Gateway West Blvd. where he conducted his attack, leaving 23 people dead and several injured. 

The updated indictment includes 23 counts of hate crimes resulting in death (counts 1-23), 23 counts of use of a firearm to commit murder during and in relation to a crime of violence (counts 24- 46), 22 counts of hate crimes involving an attempt to kill (counts 47-68), and 22 counts of use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence (counts 69-90), said the release. 

According to the DOJthe charges in the superseding indictment carry a maximum penalty of death or life imprisonment, with the attorney general deciding whether to seek the death penalty later. 

The case has been assigned to U.S. District Judge David C. Guaderrama, with no trial date at this time. This case is scheduled for a docket call at 2:00pm on October 7, 2020, said the release. 

Paulina Astrid Spencer may be reached at [email protected] 

 

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Paulina Astrid Spencer
Paulina Astrid Spencer is a multimedia journalism student at the University of Texas at El Paso. She works as a reporter at the University’s newspaper, the Prospector, where she writes weekly stories.  This semester she started an internship at Channel 9, where she publishes bylines and stories daily for the web. She is a proud Chicana and has interests in Mexican- American activism and feminism. She is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and hopes to incorporate her love of news-reporting and her minor in Chicano Studies in the future. She enjoys spending time with her family, her three mischievous cats and two adorable dogs.
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Federal Grand Jury returns with additional charges against Walmart shooter