The mayor also said he will continue to defend the city against attacks against its character, presumably by Trump. We are talking only to law enforcement agencies and will not be making further statements to the media.
"The president has wanted to go to there since we learned of those tragedies", she told reporters at the White House Tuesday morning. He said the attack appeared "to be created to intimidate a civilian population, to say the least". The suspect was arrested at the scene and is being held without bond.
"He doesn't know what Hispanics don't do or what we do out here", Figueroa said. Police Sgt. Robert Gomez said most of the victims were inside the store.
The shopping center where the terror attack took place is in close proximity to the US-Mexican border. He also touched on mental illness, depiction of violence in the media and discourse on the internet. "These are really people that are very, very seriously mentally ill".
Trump was expected to travel to El Paso on Wednesday, although the White House has not confirmed the date.
Calls to police about an active shooter came in at 10:39 a.m. and first responders arrived six minutes later, Police Chief Greg Allen said.
In response, Trump retweeted a quote from a news anchor on Fox News who said it was inappropriate for a former president to criticize a current one over a shooting. But in the 30 or so seconds that passed after the individual identified by police as Connor Betts, 24, opened fire, nine people were killed and over two dozen others were injured.
As familiar post-shooting rituals played out in both cities, decades of an unmistakably American problem of gun violence ensured as many headlines as the deaths garnered, they weren't entirely shocking to a public that's grown accustomed to such bloodshed.