Superseding Indictment Contains New Charges Related to the Death of a Hospitalized Shooting Victim
El Paso today, a federal grand jury returned a superseding indictment
against Patrick Wood Crusius, 21, with new hate crime and firearm
charges stemming from the death of a hospitalized shooting victim,
announced Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Eric
D. Dreiband and U.S. Attorney John F. Bash.
On August 3, 2019, Crusius allegedly opened fire with an assault
rifle and shot multiple individuals in and around the Walmart
Supercenter in El Paso, leading to the death of 23 individuals and
injuring many more. On February 6, 2020, the federal grand jury
returned an indictment against Crusius. On April 25, 2020, a victim who
had been shot during the incident died as a result of the injuries he
Today’s federal grand jury superseding indictment includes 23 counts
of hate crimes resulting in death (counts 1-23), 23 counts of use of a
firearm to commit murder during and in relation to a crime of violence
(counts 24-46), 22 counts of hate crimes involving an attempt to kill
(counts 47-68), and 22 counts of use of a firearm during and in relation
to a crime of violence (counts 69-90).
The superseding indictment alleges that in June 2019, Crusius used
the internet to purchase a GP WASR-10 semi-automatic rifle and 1,000
rounds of hollow point ammunition. On August 3, 2019, after substantial
planning and premeditation, Crusius took the assault rifle and
ammunition and drove from his residence in Allen, TX, to the Walmart
Supercenter store located on Gateway West Blvd. where he conducted his
attack. The superseding indictment further alleges that just prior to
the mass shooting, Crusius uploaded to the internet a document he had
drafted entitled “The Inconvenient Truth.” The document opened by
stating, “This attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas.
They are the instigators, not me. I am simply defending my country from
cultural and ethnic replacement brought on by the invasion.” Among
other things, the superseding indictment charges Crusius with willfully
causing bodily injury to the victims because of the actual and perceived
national origin of any person.
The charges in the superseding indictment carry a maximum penalty of
death or life imprisonment. The Attorney General will decide whether
to seek the death penalty at a later time.
The case (WTDX case # EP20cr389) has been assigned to U.S. District
Judge David C. Guaderrama. There is no trial date at this time. This
case is scheduled for a docket call at 2:00pm on October 7, 2020.
The FBI, with the support of the El Paso Police Department, Texas
Department of Public Safety, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
Explosives (ATF), El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, El Paso County Office
of the Medical Examiner, Allen Police Department and Dallas Police
Department, conducted this investigation.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ian Hanna
and Greg McDonald of the Western District of Texas, and U.S. Department
of Justice Trial Attorneys Tim Visser and Michael Warbel.