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President Trump and his potential White house rivals led the political response to Saturday’s mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, Walmart with sen. Cory Booker, D-N. J., to make a dramatic call to “end this carnage.”
Trump told a pool of reporters, “The President was informed about the shooting in El Paso, and we will continue to monitor the situation,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Steven Groves said in a statement, adding that Trump had spoken with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Minister of justice, William Barr.
Trump later tweeted “Terrible shootings in El Paso, Texas. The reports are to be killed very badly, many. Work with State and Local authorities and law enforcement authorities. The Governor said to promise full support of the Federal government. God be with you all.”
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Vice-President Mike Pence said he was “[s]addened by the loss of so many innocent lives in El Paso, TX. Our prayers are with the victims, their families and the community as a whole. Grateful for the courageous efforts and quick action of federal law enforcement and local first responders.”
The Walmart corporate account tweeted “We are in shock over the tragic events in the Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, where store 2201 & club 6502 is located. We pray for the victims, the community and our employees, as well as the first responders. We work closely with law enforcement and is attached as an update.”
To say Attorney General William P. Barr released a statement: “The Ministry of justice joins in the mourning with the people of El Paso, Texas. Those that need to be taken that commit atrocities to justice, swiftly and to the full extent permitted by the law.”
El Paso mayor Dee Margo tweeted his sympathies for his city in the name of himself and his wife, Adair.
“Adair and I are devastated by the tragic events in our city. Our hearts are with the victims and gratitude to our first responders. We will continue to keep you up to date,” he said on Twitter, attaching a more detailed explanation with details about the developing situation in relation to the shooting as a “senseless act of violence” and say: “My condolences and prayers go out to all of El Paso, as we mourn the loss of those affected by this tragedy.”
To say Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-Texas, who represents El Paso, released a statement: “Today, El Paso is in front of indescribable pain and horror that many other American communities have had to endure. Our heart is completely broken by this needless loss of life, especially here in our beautiful home. We grieve for the victims and all involved.”
Escobar also thanked first responders and law enforcement agencies to add “I ask that we come together and once and for all address the gun violence epidemic that plagues our nation.”
“Heidi & I pray for all who tweeted in El Paso”,” sen Ted Cruz, R-Texas. To unfold “as the events continue, please heed all warnings from local authorities and law enforcement authorities and stay safe.” Cruz the hashtagged statement “Pray4ElPaso added.”
“Our hearts are with the families of those killed and injured in El Paso today,” tweeted sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. “We stand with all the El Pasoans in the face of this senseless violence, and I thank the officers, the brave @eppolice & first responders. I stand ready to help @ElPasoTXGov and @Mayor_Margo any way I can.”
The former Texas Congressman and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’rourke called the recordings “Truly heart-wrenching. Stay safe, El Paso. Please follow all directions of forces, as we more to more updates.”
Similar to the 2020 candidate Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Ind., to take wrote, “My grandmother me to Cielo Vista Mall. Now it is shooting a mass scene. How many more need to mourn before we act? #El Paso.”
Democratic candidates, including Vice-President Joe Biden, Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Kamla Harris, D-Calif., Cory Booker, D-N. J., Amy Klobuchar, D-MN, and former Secretary of Housing & Urban Development, Julian Castro sent messages of support and condolences to the victims of the shooting, many of them are calling on politicians to act on gun reform.
Klobuchar also said, in a press conference “The details of which are still there, but it looks a different assault rifle, sees a hate crime in a way and again it looks several people are killed.”
She continued to point the Finger at Trump said: “The people that the shootings are responsible, but I think trump the rhetoric, more hatred has been fueled in this country.”
“The tragedy of all of these situations we hear the stories, we feel so deeply with the families and the communities, and that must change. This is the Problem, the American people overwhelmingly support measures,” in 2020, candidate REP John Delaney, D-Md., said at a presser to push for universal background checks.
“Today’s terrible mass shooting in El Paso breaks the hearts of all Americans,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement. “Our prayers are with the friends and families of the victims and the entire El Paso community, which was destroyed, by this brutal act of terror and murder. We are grateful for the courage and heroism of our brave first responders, the people are always safe and cared for those in need, and for their swift action brought the suspect in custody and prevented further damage.
“Too many families, too many communities have been forced to endure the daily horror of gun violence,” Pelosi went on. Enough is enough. The Republican Senate’s continuing inaction dishonors our solemn duty to protect innocent men, women and children and put an end to this epidemic once and for all.”
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, “How many tragedies, how many families destroyed, how many children grow up without their parents before Washington acts? NY ‘ s heart breaks for the victims of the terrible shooting in El Paso. But our thoughts and prayers will not stop this madness.”
The New York police Anti-terrorist unit, said that they “provided additional Anti-Terror units, the shopping areas, out of an abundance of caution, and added that there is no immediate threat to New York.
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The police responded to reports of an active shooting at the Cielo Vista Mall shortly before 11 p.m. and people are asked to stay clear of the active scene. An El Paso police spokesman told reporters shortly before 1 p.m., that it is no longer an “immediate threat” to the Region.
The Texas mass shooting was the second in less than a week, according to the Gilroy food festival in the North of California, where an armed man fire, killing three people opened.
Additional reporting by Fox News’ Lucia Suarez I. Sang.