Mexico Threatens to Sue US for Failing to Protect Mexicans from El Paso Shooter
Mexico Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard calls shooting 'act of terrorism' against Mexicans
Mexico is threatening to sue the United States for failing to protect Mexican citizens during this weekend's horrific mass shooting in El Paso, Texas.
The attack, which left 20 people dead, including seven Mexican nationals, took place on Saturday in a Walmart in the city near the US-Mexico border.
Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard calls the shooting "an act of terrorism" against Mexicans and is urging the US government to establish a "clear and convincing position against hate crimes."
Mexican officials said Sunday that seven Mexico national were killed and another seven of the country's citizens were among the dozens wounded in the attack.
The victims from Mexico have been identified as Sara Esther Regalado of Ciudad Juarez and her husband Adolfo Cerros Hernández of the city of Aguascalientes; Jorge Calvillo García of Torreon, Coahuila; Elsa Mendoza de la Mora of Yepomera, Chihuahua; Gloria Irma Marquez of Ciudad Juarez; María Eugenia Legarreta Rothe of the city of Chihuahua and Ivan Filiberto Manzano of Cuidad Juarez.
According to the Daily Mail, Rothe was the sister of artist Martha Legarreta, a renowned painter, and sculptor.
Mendoza de la Mora's husband son waited for her in the family's car outside the Walmart when she was shot inside the store, according to local media reports.
Other victims may have also been of Mexican descent, while one man who had traveled to El Paso from Mexico to buy school supplies for his daughter was among those severely wounded.
"Mexico is outraged," Ebrard said in a video posted on Twitter, calling the shooting an "act of barbarism."
Posición sobre la tragedia en El Paso Texas : pic.twitter.com/gIXuJcQJLy— Marcelo Ebrard C. (@m_ebrard) August 4, 2019
Ebrard used the video to threaten legal action against the US after the mass shooting on Saturday at a Walmart at the Cielo Vista Mall.
In addition to the dead, 26 people were also wounded.
Ebrard said Mexico condemned the shooting and called it an “act of barbarism.”
El Paso sits on the border across from the Mexican city of Juarez.
Both U.S. and Mexican citizens travel frequently between both sides for business, pleasure, and tourism.
Authorities are investigating a hate-filled, anti-immigrant manifesto that was posted online just minutes before the mass shooting.
The post mentioned the “Hispanic invasion of Texas.”
The manifesto also offered a plan for carving up America into territories by race and warned that whites are being replaced by foreigners.
A suspect, 21-year-old Patrick Crusius, is facing possible hate crime charges, in addition to capital murder charges, according to sources.