On Saturday, Aug. 3, a gunman opened fire in an El Paso, Texas, Walmart, killing 20 people and injuring 26 others. Among those killed in the shooting, which was the first of two deadly mass shootings in less than 24 hours, was a 25-year-old mother of three, Jordan Anchondo.
Leta Jamrowski, her 19-year-old sister, was informed of Anchondo’s death and said she shielded her 2-month-old son as the gunman opened fire, The Associated Press reported.
Jamrowski said from the baby’s injuries, they said that more than likely her sister was trying to shield him.
Her 2-month-old nephew is being treated for broken bones, which he sustained as his mother fell to the ground protecting him.
“So when she got shot she was holding him and she fell on him, so that’s why he broke some of his bones,” Jamrowski said.
When the shooting took place, Anchondo was shopping for back to school supplies. Jamrowski has been hoping to hear back from her brother-in-law, Andre Anchondo, suspecting that he could have been wounded or killed in the shooting. She added, “They said that if he were alive, more than likely he would have gotten in contact by now.”
El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen said that the shooter’s manifesto indicated it could have been a hate crime. El Paso sits across the border of Mexico, and among the dead were three Mexicans. Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, tweeted his condolences to the families of victims “both American and Mexican.”
Lamento los hechos ocurridos en El Paso, Texas, pueblo vecino y hermano de Ciudad Juárez y de nuestra nación. Envío mis condolencias a los familiares de las víctimas, tanto estadounidenses como mexicanos.
La SRE y nuestro consulado están actuando y brindando apoyo. pic.twitter.com/5099IP5i1m
— Andrés Manuel (@lopezobrador_) August 3, 2019