According to an arrest warrant published on Friday by US media, the 21-year-old Texan who killed 22 people in an El Paso Walmart told police following his arrest that he was targeting “Mexicans”.
The document charging Patrick Crusius, of Allen, Texas, with murder also described the circumstances of his arrest, saying he stepped out of his vehicle when surrounded by police, put his hands up and said: “I’m the shooter.”
According to the document, obtained by The Washington Post and others, at police headquarters, Crusius waived his right to remain silent or have a lawyer present and told detectives that “his target (was) ‘Mexicans.’“
Prior to carrying out the attack on Saturday, Crusius published a white supremacist manifesto online which expressed fears of a “Hispanic invasion” of Texas.
In the manifesto, Crusius claimed he was “defending” the United States “from cultural and ethnic replacement brought on by an invasion” and made references to the Christchurch shootings in New Zealand, where a white gunman killed 51 worshippers at two mosques in March.