Two more victims of Saturday’s mass murder in El Paso have died in the hospital since last night, bringing the death toll from the tragedy to 22, according to ABC News.
More than two dozen people were wounded in the shooting. One victim is in critical condition at Del Sol Medical Center, and five others are in stable condition.
One of the victims died late Sunday night, and the other died Monday morning. They have not yet been identified, although the director of trauma at Del Sol, Dr. Stephen Flaherty, said one of the victims was an elderly woman.
According to Flaherty, she suffered from “major and devastating” gunshot wounds.
“The patient had major intra-abdominal injuries affecting the liver, the kidney and the intestines,” Flaherty told reporters. “She received massive blood transfusion, utilizing all types of blood products.”
Flaherty was visibly emotional as he spoke to media about the casualties.
“We are truly heartbroken to have to be here to report this,” Flaherty said.
Death toll from El Paso mass shooting rises to 22
A gunman opened fire at an El Paso, Texas Walmart on Saturday morning. The gunman has been detained and charged with capital murder. The incident is being investigated as an act of domestic terrorism.
“We consider this an act of terrorism against the Mexican-American community and the Mexicans living in the United States,” said Marcelo Ebrard, Mexico’s foreign secretary.
The gunman, in a document he wrote detailing his reasons for committing the massacre, decried immigration and a “Hispanic invasion” of Texas. He is from Allen, which is located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and he drove more than 600 miles to El Paso specifically to commit this crime.
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