The president of the United States, Donald Trump, described today as "act of cowardice" the shooting in a mall in El Paso (Texas) in which at least 20 people died and another 26 were injured.
"The shooting today in El Paso, Texas, was not only tragic, it was an act of cowardice," Trump wrote in his Twitter account about the attack carried out by a 21-year-old suspect who turned himself in to the police.
The president added that "there are no reasons or excuses that justify the murder of innocent people."
"I know that I am with everyone in this country to condemn today's act of hate," he said before sending, in his name and that of his wife, Melania, his most sincere condolences to the inhabitants of Texas.
The massacre took place this Saturday in a department store of the Walmart company in the south of El Paso, a border city with Mexico with about 700,000 inhabitants.
"Twenty innocents lost their lives today in El Paso and more than two dozen more were injured," said Texas Governor Greg Abbott at a press conference.
Together with Abbott, Greg Allen, the city's police inspector, appeared that the preliminary investigation pointed to "a link to a hate crime," without giving further details.
The suspect surrendered to police officers in the mall without offering resistance.
Previously, before knowing the official death toll, Trump had already referred, also on Twitter, to "terrible shooting" and "very bad, many dead" reports.
At that time there was a large influx of customers to make purchases before the next start of the school year.
Last weekend there was another mass shooting at a gastronomic festival in Gilroy (California), which left four dead.
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