Authorities say multiple people were shot and killed and a suspect was taken into custody in an attack at a shopping complex in El Paso, Texas.
Police Sgt. Enrique Carrillo told reporters Saturday that the attack at or near the Cielo Vista Mall had ended. He did not say how many people were wounded or killed, but NBC News reports that a University Medical Center of El Paso official said it had received at least 10 seriously injured victims and that some victims were taken to other hospitals.
The White House says President Donald Trump has been briefed on the shooting and has spoken to Attorney General William Barr and Gov. Greg Abbott.
El Paso, which has about 680,000 residents, is in West Texas sits across the border from Juarez, Mexico.
KTSM, a local NBC affiliate, said 18 people had been shot but did not say how bad the injuries were or if any were dead. It gave no source for this toll.
A witness who gave her name as Vanessa said she had just pulled into the parking lot of the Walmart and “all of a sudden you heard what sounded like fireworks, really loud fireworks.”
“You could hear the pops, one right after another and at that point as I was turning, I saw a lady, seemed she was coming out of Walmart, headed to her car. She had her groceries in her cart and I saw her just fall,” this witness told Fox News.
It has been a particularly bad week for gun violence in the United States.
Two people died and a police officer was wounded on Tuesday at a Walmart in Mississippi.
Last Sunday a 19-year-old gunman opened fire at a food festival in northern California, killing three including two children.