Mexico: Texas shooting 'act of terrorism' against Mexicans

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The suspect was identified as Patrick Crusius, a 21-year-old white male from another Texas city, Allen, and has since been taken into custody.

The massacre on Saturday was one of at least three mass shootings to kill and maim residents across the USA in the past week.

Many in Mexico were reeling Sunday from revelations that the shooting appeared to have been aimed at Hispanics - and Mexicans in particular.

Crusius' murderous rampage on Saturday at a Walmart Supercenter at the Cielo Vista Mall at El Paso, Texas also led to the wounding of nine other Mexican citizens.

"The Mexican government does not want this incident to go as another shooting in the USA", said Javier Buenrostro, a professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

While stressing that he did not seek to interfere in the internal affairs of another nation, Mr Lopez Obrador made reference to the fact that the crisis on the Mexico-US border caused by a flood of migrants coming up from Central America through Mexican territory was a hotly debated issue in the US as it prepared for 2020 elections.

El Paso, America's 22nd-largest city with an estimated population of 682,669, is more than 80 percent Hispanic or Latino, according to USA census data. The sources were two federal officials and one state official.

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A four-page statement believed to have been authored by the suspect and posted on 8chan, an online message board often used by extremists, called the El Paso attack "a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas".

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".

"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. "But we are not proposing to meet hate with hate".

The shooting happened just six days after the last major outbreak of shootings in a public place-a food festival in California where a teenager killed three people with an assault rifle and wounded a dozen others before taking his own life in a hail of police gunfire.

"The case will include - if Mexico's state department sees it fit - [it will include] a petition for extradition", Ebrard said.

A top official with the Mexican government announced that the nation will sue the United States under global law.

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