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Mexico exploring legal action against the US following El Paso shooting

Posted at 8:58 AM, Aug 05, 2019

The Mexican government is looking into taking legal action against the United States after six Mexican nationals were killed and seven others were injured in a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, Secretary of Foreign Affairs Marcelo Ebrard said Sunday.

During a press conference in Mexico City, Ebrard called the shooting an act of terrorism against Mexicans in the US and said the Mexican government will look into whether there is enough evidence to solicit the extradition of the gunman to face charges in Mexico.

US authorities have not publicly identified the shooter, but three sources told CNN the suspect is 21-year-old Patrick Crusius of Allen, Texas. The sources were two federal officials and one state official.

Authorities also are investigating a racist, anti-immigrant document they believe the suspect posted on the online message board 8chan before the shooting. The 2,300-word document, which police called a "manifesto," is filled with white supremacist language and racist hatred aimed at immigrants and Latinos. It blames immigrants and first-generation Americans for taking away jobs.

In a video posted to his official Twitter page , Ebrard said what happened in El Paso was "unacceptable" and that "the first judicial actions" the government will take will be in accordance with international law.

"Mexico would like to express its utmost profound condemnation and rejection of this barbaric act where innocent Mexican men and women were killed," Ebrard said. "We are outraged. We do not support the culture of hate."

Ebrard also said Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador instructed him to take swift legal action in order to first protect the families who were affected and then "so that Mexico can demand that the United States protect the Mexican community in the United States."

López Obrador confirmed earlier Sunday in a televised statement that six Mexican nationals were killed and seven were injured. The shooting at an El Paso shopping center left a total of 20 people dead and 26 injured.

Ebrard urged the US to establish a "strong position against hate crimes" following the shooting. He also drew attention to gun control as a "crucial issue." and announced that Mexico is investigating who is responsible behind the sale of "these assault weapons."