Police: El Paso Shooter Drove 11 Hours Before He 'Got Lost,' Stopped at Walmart For A Snack

Chris Menahan
Aug. 07, 2019

The official story of the El Paso shooting is now that the shooter drove about 11 hours from his home in Allen before he "got lost in a neighborhood" then "found his way to the [El Paso] Walmart because, we understand, he was hungry."

He then got a snack before leaving and coming back to shoot the place up, police said.

From CNN:
The man took about 11 hours to drive from his Allen home to the El Paso Walmart, Allen said.

[Patrick] Crusius had no apparent ties to El Paso County, where 83% of residents are Hispanic or Latino, according to the US Census Bureau.

When he arrived in El Paso, he first was "lost in a neighborhood," and then "found his way to the Walmart because, we understand, he was hungry," Allen said.

Allen said he couldn't comment about whether Crusius had always intended to go the Walmart. When asked whether the suspect ate something from the store before the attack, Allen said: "That's what we suspect he did, right now."

After walking into Walmart and spraying the center with bullets, Crusius got back in his car, drove to an intersection just north of the store, got out of the car and surrendered to an El Paso motorcycle officer who was helping establish a police perimeter around the business, El Paso police Sgt. Enrique Carrillo said.

Crusius put his hands up and identified himself as the shooter, Carrillo said. The officer handcuffed the suspect on the spot.
According to 8chan owner Jim Watkins, the alleged manifesto posted to 8chan "was not uploaded by the Walmart shooter" and "law enforcement was made aware of this before most people had even heard the horrific news."

Incidentally, the manifesto writer claimed he wanted to kill Hispanics but the shooter also gunned down at least five white people:

The manifesto writer also said he was planning on dying and wasn't going to make it out alive, writing:
My death is likely inevitable. If I'm not killed by the police, then I'll probably be gunned down by one of the invaders. Capture in this case if far worse than dying during the shooting because I'll get the death penalty anyway. Worse still is that I would live knowing that my family despises me.

This is why I'm not going to surrender even if I run out of ammo. If I'm captured, it will be because I was subdued somehow.
For some reason, the shooter wore ear protection (god forbid he damage his hearing) and eye protection and then after massacring 22 people decided to peacefully surrender to police, who also appear to have calmly arrested him.

CNN reported that authorities said "they believe the suspect posted [the manifesto online] about 20 minutes before the shooting."

Crusius' relatives said in a statement released Wednesday that his actions "were apparently influenced and informed by people we do not know."

Incidentally, a story which has been making the rounds in the aftermath of this attack is one from 2016 detailing how the FBI allegedly entrapped a young white guy named Jerry Drake Varnell, who was reportedly a "paranoid schizophrenic who has been in several mental hospitals," by pushing him to carry out a right-wing terror attack with a fake bomb.

His family said at the time:
"The FBI should have filed conspiracy on our son and had him committed to a mental institution. They should not have aided and abetted a paranoid schizophrenic to commit this act. There are many more facts that I will not make public that will support my son and the disturbing acts made by the FBI."

"I realize that many will say my son could have found another person to commit this act. Yet, any person that has access to the materials and the state of mind necessary to bomb a building would not have any need for a schizophrenic who has no resources to contribute."
Varnell was found guilty by a jury in February and "faces up to life in prison for attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and a maximum sentence of twenty years for attempting to use an explosive device," the AP reported.

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