Twenty people were killed and more than two dozen injured in a shooting on Saturday, Aug. 3, in a busy shopping area in the Texas border town of El Paso, the state’s governor said.

Meanwhile, the police chief said among the possibilities being investigated is whether it was a hate crime. Two law enforcement officials who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity identified the suspect taken into custody as 21-year-old Patrick Crusius of the Dallas area.

Law enforcement from different agencies work the scene of a shooting at a shopping mall in El Paso, Texas, on Aug. 3, 2019. Multiple people were killed and one person was in custody after a shooter went on a rampage at a shopping mall, police in the Texas border town of El Paso said. (Rudy Gutierrez/AP Photo)

Police said another 26 people were injured, most of them being treated at area hospitals. Most of the victims were believed to have been shot at a Walmart near the Cielo Vista Mall, they said, adding that the store was packed with as many as 3,000 people during the busy back-to-school shopping season.

Graphic shows the location of a mall shooting in El Paso; with BC-US–Texas-Mall Shooting; PH; ETA 4 p.m. ;

“The scene was a horrific one,” said El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen, who added that many had life-threatening injuries. He said police also found a manifesto that may have been written by Crusius and posted online—one reason it was being investigated as a hate crime.

People walk out of an elementary school after family members were asked to reunite following a shooting at a shopping mall in El Paso, Texas, on Aug. 3, 2019. Multiple people were killed and one person was in custody after a shooter went on a rampage at a shopping mall, police in the Texas border town of El Paso said. (Rudy Gutierrez/AP Photo)

“It’s chaos right now,” said Austin Johnson, an Army medic at nearby Fort Bliss, who volunteered to help at the shopping center and later at the school that was serving as a reunification center.

An El Paso police officer talks to a store employee following a shooting at a shopping mall in El Paso, Texas, on Aug. 3, 2019. Multiple people were killed and one person was in custody after a shooter went on a rampage at a shopping mall, police in the Texas border town of El Paso said. (Rudy Gutierrez/AP Photo)

Adriana Quezada, 39, said she was in the women’s clothing section of Walmart with her two children when the shooting happened.

“I heard the shots but I thought they were hits, like roof construction,” she said.

A law enforcement officer walks near the scene of a shooting at a shopping mall in El Paso, Texas, on Aug. 3, 2019. Multiple people were killed and one person was in custody. (Rudy Gutierrez/AP Photo)
People arrive at MacArthur Elementary looking for family and friends as the school is being used a reunification center during the aftermath of a shooting at the Walmart near the Cielo Vista Mall, on Aug. 3, in El Paso, Texas.  (Briana Sanchez/The El Paso Times via AP)
Police interview witnesses at Sam’s Club where Walmart shoppers were evacuated near the scene of a shooting at a shopping mall in El Paso, Texas, on Aug. 3, 2019. (Mark Lambie/The El Paso Times via AP)
Walmart customers are escorted from the store after a gunman opened fire on shoppers near the Cielo Vista Mall, on Aug. 3, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. (Mark Lambie/The El Paso Times via AP)
El Paso Fire Medical personnel arrive at the scene of a shooting at a Walmart near the Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, Texas, on Aug. 3, 2019. (Mark Lambie/The El Paso Times via AP)
An employee crosses into the crime scene following a shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, on Aug. 3, 2019. (Mark Lambie/The El Paso Times via AP)
A woman runs to police near the scene of a shooting at a shopping mall in El Paso, Texas, on Aug. 3, 2019. Multiple people were killed and one person was in custody. (Mark Lambie/The El Paso Times via AP)
Walmart employees react after an active shooter opened fire at the store in El Paso, Texas, on Aug. 3, 2019. (Mark Lambie/The El Paso Times via AP)
People arrive at MacArthur Elementary looking for family and friends as the school is being used a reunification center during the aftermath of a shooting at a shopping mall in El Paso, Texas, on Aug. 3, 2019. (Briana Sanchez /The El Paso Times via AP)
People arrive at MacArthur Elementary looking for family and friends as the school is being used as a reunification center during the aftermath of a shooting at a Walmart near the Cielo Vista Mall, on Aug. 3, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. (Briana Sanchez/The El Paso Times via AP)
A chaplin walks up to MacArthur Elementary to assist families as the school is being used a reunification center during the aftermath of a shooting at a Walmart near the Cielo Vista Mall Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, in El Paso. (Briana Sanchez/The El Paso Times via AP)
People arrive at MacArthur Elementary looking for family and friends as the school is being used a reunification center during the aftermath of a shooting at a Walmart near the Cielo Vista Mall, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. (Briana Sanchez/The El Paso Times via AP)
People arrive at MacArthur Elementary looking for family and friends as the school is being used a re-unification center during the aftermath of a shooting at a Walmart near the Cielo Vista Mall, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, in El Paso, Texas.  (Briana Sanchez/The El Paso Times via AP)
Walmart employees comfort one another after an active shooter opened fire at the store in El Paso, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. (Mark Lambie/The El Paso Times via AP)
Several law enforcement agencies respond to an active shooter Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. (Mark Lambie/The El Paso Times via AP)
A police officer runs toward the scene of a shooting at a Walmart near Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, Texas, on Aug. 3, 2019. (Mark Lambie/The El Paso Times via AP)
An El Paso police officer interviews a witness who was inside the Walmart near the Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, Texas, after an active shooter opened fire killing several shoppers, on Aug. 3, 2019. (Mark Lambie/The El Paso Times via AP)
Law enforcement officers arrive near the scene of a shooting at a shopping mall in El Paso, Texas, on Aug. 3, 2019. Several people were killed in the shooting Saturday in a busy shopping area in the Texas border town. (Rudy Gutierrez/AP Photo)
People walk into an elementary school to look for loved ones near the site of a shooting at a shopping mall in El Paso, Texas, on Aug. 3, 2019. Several people were killed in the shooting Saturday in a busy shopping area in the Texas border town. (Rudy Gutierrez/AP Photo)
An El Paso police officer checks vehicles along a roadway near the scene of a shooting at a shopping mall in El Paso, Texas, on Aug. 3, 2019. Several people were killed in the shooting Saturday in a busy shopping area in the Texas border town. (Rudy Gutierrez/AP Photo)
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers stage along a street near the scene of a shooting at a shopping mall in El Paso, Texas, on Aug. 3, 2019. Several people were killed in the shooting Saturday in a busy shopping area in the Texas border town. (Rudy Gutierrez/AP Photo)
Law enforcement officers make their way along a walkway to the scene of a shooting at a shopping mall in El Paso, Texas, onAug. 3, 2019. Several people were killed in the shooting Saturday in a busy shopping area in the Texas border town. (Rudy Gutierrez/AP Photo)
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers gather near the scene of a shooting at a shopping mall in El Paso, Texas, on Aug. 3, 2019. (Rudy Gutierrez/AP Photo)

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