Celebrities are reacting with an outpouring of support for all victims of the mass shooting that has taken place at the WalMart store inside the Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, Texas.
Actress Julianne Moore, 58, demanded action via Twitter: ‘This is a public health crisis. Hold your lawmakers responsible. @MomsDemand @Everytown’
Actor Aaron Paul of Breaking Bad fame, 39, also used Twitter to post a heartfelt, all-caps message: ‘PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THINGS…JUST LOVE ONE ANOTHER.’
Speaking out: Actress Julianne Moore, 58, demanded action via Twitter: ‘This is a public health crisis. Hold your lawmakers responsible. @MomsDemand @Everytown’
Comedian Josh Gad, 38, said: ‘My heart breaks for the city of El Paso. The madness never ends. It is all too much. There’a [sic] nowhere safe from the terror of gun violence in the United States of America. We are a broken nation trapped in the darkness of our unwillingness to ask ourselves why this keeps happening.’
Actress Piper Perabo, 42, pleaded for an intervention: ‘My goodness this is happening every weekend. Please Congress, please pass gun safety laws.’
Activist Lauren Hogg, 15, said: ‘im so tired of this. after about a year of being in a mass shooting myself i now do not only mourn the victims, but the lives and emotional stability of those in the community that will be givin this weight to hold for the rest of their lives. please make this stop. #massshooting’
Open: Julianne Moore and actor Aaron Paul of Breaking Bad fame tweeted messages
Devastated: Actors Josh Gad and Piper Perabo sent messages via Twitter as well
Fighter: Activist Lauren Hogg, 15, said: ‘im so tired of this. after about a year of being in a mass shooting myself i now do not only mourn the victims, but the lives and emotional stability of those in the community that will be givin this weight to hold for the rest of their lives. please make this stop. #massshooting’
Multiple people were killed in a shooting at a WalMart in El Paso, Texas on Saturday and one man was in custody after the latest U.S. mass shooting sent panicked shoppers fleeing.
Many of those caught up in the rampage were buying back-to-school supplies.
El Paso police Sergeant Robert Gomez told reporters authorities had ruled out multiple shooters, and he said initial reports were that the gunman used a rifle.
‘This is just a tragedy that I’m having a hard time getting my arms around,’ El Paso Mayor Dee Margo told CNN.
Citing a law enforcement source, El Paso television station KTSM published on its website what it said were two photos of the suspect taken by security cameras as he entered the WalMart.
The images showed a young white man wearing glasses, khaki trousers and a dark T-shirt, and pointing an assault-style rifle. He appears to be wearing headphones or ear defenders.
Reuters could not immediately verify the authenticity of the images.
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Twitter that the reports from El Paso were ‘very bad, many killed.’
‘Spoke to Governor to pledge total support of Federal Government,’ he wrote. ‘God be with you all!’
University Medical Center of El Paso received 13 patients, including some who died, said hospital spokesman Ryan Mielke. Two of the patients who arrived at the hospital were children who were transferred to El Paso Children’s Hospital, he said.
The conditions of the 13 patients ranged from deceased to minor injuries, he said. He could not immediately provide a figure on how many had died.