El Paso shoots suspect Patrick Crusius, 21, who says he has bought his AK-47 rifle from Romania and his ammunition from Russia
The shooting in El Paso that opened fire in a Walmart and killed 22, says he bought his deadly AK-47 rifle and ammunition in Romania and Russia, where it is cheaper to buy firearms.
The alleged shooter Patrick Crusius, 21, from Allen, Texas, claims that the assault weapon he used to attack his & # 39; Mexican invasion of Texas & # 39; was purchased from Romania, according to a report from the Texas Department of Public Safety.
He bought the Romanian AK-47 and it was then sent to an arms dealer near the shooter house in Allen, where he picked it up.
Crusius also told the police that he bought a thousand rounds of ammunition from Russia, according to the report obtained by the Texas Tribune.
In the devastating shooting on August 3, 2019, he opened fire in a vicious bullet shower in the busy Walmart in the Cielo Vista Mall, a popular shopping destination for people on both sides of the US-Mexico border. He killed 22 people and injured more than 20 dozen others in the ruthless attack.
In his disturbing manifesto he claimed that his attack was in response to the & # 39; Mexican invasion of Texas & # 39; and he allegedly told the police that he wanted to shoot as many Mexicans as possible & # 39 ;.
Crusius also told the police after his arrest that he bought the gun online from Romania and then picked it up at a local gun store that carried out a background check on him. He also bought no less than 1,000 rounds of ammunition from Russia that was probably delivered to his door
Crusius depicted in surveillance images of the Walmart wearing hearing protection and carrying the AK-47 rifle during his 3 August attack in El Paso
El Paso police said earlier that the AK-47 weapon used in the shooting was legally purchased, but did not provide details.
In his manifesto published before the shooting, Crusius said the rifle was a WASR-10, a semi-automatic version of a Romanian military AK-47.
According to gun experts, it is common to buy imported firearms delivered online at local gun stores in an effort to save money.
As soon as customers come to collect their things, the gun shop performs the necessary background check.
The suspect said he had bought his gun from Romania, but officials say he probably bought the gun made in Romania online that had been imported into the US.
The suspect shooter said he had picked up the Romanian rifle at Gun Masters in Allen after his arrest, but there is no such store there, but in the neighboring town of Plano there is.
The gunsmith in the store, Brian Park, said he was not sure if Crusius had received the gun from his store.
He has probably also purchased the ammunition online, which can be sent abroad and delivered directly to the door in the receiving state. Today only six states and Washington D.C. have a prohibition on the processing of assault weapons.
FBI pictured on the scene at Cielo Vista Mall Walmart in response to the shooting on August 3, in which 22 were killed and more than two dozen injured
The locals in El Paso gathered for a vigil on August 8 outside the Cielo Vista shopping center after the shooting
& # 39; Especially the reason that people are attracted to this import is that they are cheaper, & # 39; said David Chipman, a senior policy adviser at Giffords, a national arms management group, to the newspaper.
Last year, Romania exported around 9,000 semi-automatic guns to the US, according to a report from the Arms Trade Treaty.
Weapons and powerful semi-automatic weapons imports, regulated by the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, must be used for & # 39; sporting purposes & # 39; and not for military use.
& # 39; For the most part, nowadays these styles of assault weapons are characterized as spore weapons, & # 39; said David Chipman.
He says the WASR-10 importer was probably Century Arms, a Florida-based company that customizes weapons to ensure they are legal in the US and transfers purchased weapons to a local dealer.
After his attack, Crusius said he was & # 39; surprised that no one challenged or shot him & # 39; when he entered the shop's armed hearing protector and carried his gun.
In Texas, no permit is required by law to publicly carry a gun in public.
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