EL PASO, TX
At least 20 people were killed and at least 26 more people were injured when a man walked into a local Wal Mart store inside of the Cielo Vista Mall and opened fire with an assault rifle on Saturday morning.
21-year old Patrick Cruisus
According to USA Today (@USAToday), the shooter has been identified as 21-year old Patrick Cruisus. Police reported finding a “manifesto” belonging to the suspect. The manifesto was allegedly written hours, or even minutes before the shooting. The manifesto was posted online to 8chan, an online message board frequented by racist, extremist, and conspiracy theorists. In the manifesto, Cruisus allegedly wrote about his act of domestic terrorism being “a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas.” Cruisus lives in a Dallas suburb more than 650 miles away from El Paso where he committed the act of domestic terrorism. It’s likely that he traveled more than 650 miles with one purpose in mind. After killing 20 people or more, Cruisus was taken into police custody alive and unharmed.
El Paso sits along the border with neighboring Juarez Mexico just on the other side. The nearby city of Las Cruces, New Mexico, form an area of the largest bilingual, bi-national population in North America. Mexico’s President, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, said three Mexican nationals were among the 20 people killed in the act of domestic terrorism. And at least six others were among the 26 reported injured in the massacre. Reports have surfaced that many of the injured refused treatment out of fear of being met by I.C.E as they arrived at the hospital.
Today Walmart proudly announced that due to the new great tax bill, they would raise their minimum pay to $11/hour. What Walmart (who owns Sams Club) didn’t announce was the unexpected, and without notice, closing of Sams Club stores across the Country.
9 WPCO Cincinnati (@wcpo) reports, two Sams Club stores in the tri-state closed on Thursday without notice to the public. Both locations were removed from the corporate website. Pharmacies at both locations will remain open through Jan. 26th.
Employees of the store’s two locations commented on WCPO’s Facebook page and said they had no notice of the closure before receiving a letter in the mail.
News outlets across the nation have been reporting the same thing about Sams Club stores in their areas, including Memphis, Houston, and New Jersey who all saw unannounced closures of Sams Club stores this morning.
North Philly natives and NBA basketball players, Markief and Marcus Morris played it forward when they sent a few “elves” led by their mother, Thomasina to a Walmart store in NorthEast Philly on Monday. The brothers spent $6000 towards customers gifts that were on layaway for some unsuspecting customers. The Morris brothers went to Prep Charter high school in Philly and still consider the city home, even though they play ball elsewhere (Markief -Washington Wizards, Marcus- Boston Celtics).
ABC News (@6abc) caught up with one of the grateful Walmart customers a short time after the generosity of the Morris Twins, delivered by their mother Thomasine Morris.
“God bless them. God bless them! It’s wonderful what they are doing for the people.” Roberta Williams of the Germantown section of the city said of the brothers.
“It’s a blessing to be able to give people anything.” Ms. Morris said after delivering the gifts to the people from her sons. The generosity of the brothers can teach us all a valuable lesson that we should always try to remember. Never forget where you come from!