The accused perpetrator of the El Paso Walmart shooting is slated to plead guilty to federal charges in connection with the incident, according to reports. On August 3, 2019, the alleged shooter drove from his home in Allen, a suburb of Dallas, to El Paso and opened fire in a Walmart, killing nearly two dozen people and injuring more than two dozen others. The attack happened on a busy weekend day at a Walmart that is popular with shoppers from Mexico and the US, leaving 23 dead and more than two dozen injured, many of whom were citizens of Mexico.
The shooter is additionally facing charges of capital murder in the state court and could receive the death penalty in Texas if convicted. The district attorney who had been leading the state case resigned in November and was replaced by Texas Governor Greg Abbott. A hearing has been set for February 8th for Crusius to plead guilty to federal hate crimes and firearms violations.
The El Paso Walmart shooting was one of the deadliest mass shootings in modern US history. It was also seen as a hate crime, as the shooter allegedly posted a manifesto online before the attack, referencing the “Hispanic invasion of Texas.” The El Paso shooting came just a few weeks after another mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, where nine people were killed and more than two dozen were injured.