El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen says authorities are investigating a hate crime of Patrick Crusius as among the possible motives in the shopping complex shooting that left 20 people dead and 26 more wounded.

Law enforcement officials have said a 21-year-old Dallas-area man named Patrick Crusius is in custody in the shooting.

The chief says authorities are looking into an online writing that indicated a potential connection to a hate crime to determine if it belonged to the suspected gunman.

The source told CBS News the suspect was considered “a troubled youth” and described as a loner. Authorities are treating a document allegedly written by the gunman as evidence.

The document was shared on 4Chan, an online forum where users can post anonymously. Within it, the suspect denounces Hispanic people in Texas, cites concerns about losing American jobs to automation and criticizes both political parties.

Patrick Crusius was driving a grey vehicle, according to police scanner chatter. Early reports indicated the suspect had an AK47. Local reported Mills Hayes tweeted that the suspect was taken into custody “without incident” and that officers did not fire any shots during the arrest.

Crusius appeared to have lived with his parents and also has a twin sister and older brother, according to public records.

Los Angeles Times reported:

Leigh Ann Locascio, a former neighbor, said Crusius was an extreme loner who always sat alone on the bus in junior high and high school. He spoke negatively of other kids who played sports or joined the school band, she said.

She described Crusius as “very much a loner, very stand-offish” and someone who “didn’t interact a whole lot with anyone.” Her son, Tony Locascio, walked to school regularly with Crusius and his sister. Tony Locascio said Patrick Crusius only walked ahead or behind them, never interacting and always keeping to himself. He liked animals and kept pet snakes. “He wouldn’t talk to people. No one really knew him,” Tony Locascio said.

Another former classmate, Jacob Wilson, said Crusius was “very strong minded” in class and would try to “take charge” but other kids refused to work with him because he “irritable and had a short temper.” He was often “picked on” because of how he spoke, and because he wore what looked like hand-me-down clothes, Wilson said.

Crusius, 21, reportedly attended Collin College in McKinney, Texas from fall 2017 through spring 2019. The district president of the school, Dr. Neil Matkin, issued a statement saying that Collin College was “saddened and horrified by the news.”

Crusius wrote on his LinkedIn page in 2015 that he was not motivated to do anything other than enough to get by. 

“I’m not really motivated to do anything more than what’s necessary to get by,” he wrote on the page. “Working in general sucks, but I guess a career in Software Development suits me well. I spend about 8 hours every day on the computer so that counts as technology experience I guess. Pretty much gonna see what technology careers present themselves; go with the wind.”

Police at Texas home associated with suspect

Police in Texas have blocked streets near a home associated with the El Paso shooting suspect.

More than a dozen members of law enforcement could be seen outside the residence Saturday evening in Allen, including agents from the FBI, Texas Department of Public Safety and federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

A woman answered the door at the gray stone house after a group of officers knocked. They appeared to speak with her briefly and then she closed the door. A short time later, the door reopened and officers entered.

Allen, located 20 miles north of Dallas, is an affluent community of about 100,000.

Alice Baland, who lives four houses down, said a retired couple lives at the home associated with the suspect. She described them as sweet people who regularly attend church.

Includes reporting from the Associated Press.

Tags: Categories: U.S. Texas