Watch live: Police respond to active shooter near El Paso mall

Watch live: Police respond to active shooter near El Paso mall


THE INFORMATION RIGHT.>>THAT IS IMPORTANT TO MAKE NOTE OF THERE. YOU MENTIONED ESTABLISHING PERIMETER. HOW DO LAW ENFORCEMENT DETERMINE HOW WIDE THAT PERIMETER NEEDS TO BE? SO FAR ALL WE’VE HEARD IS THAT THE SHOOTING WAS INSIDE THE WALMART. WE KNOW THERE IS THE ADJACENT MALL THAT HAS SEVERAL STORES INSIDE THAT AND IT’S JUST A VERY BUSY AREA THERE. HOW DOES LAW ENFORCEMENT ESTABLISH JUST HOW WIDE THAT PERIMETER NEEDS TO BE AND WHO GETS LOCKED DOWN?>>WHAT’S KEY TO HAVE LOCAL RESPONDERS, LOCAL POLICE OFFICERS WHO KNOW THE MALLS, WHO KNOW THE SURROUNDING AREA, THEY’RE ABLE TO DETERMINE WHAT — >>I GUESS HIS PHONE IS BREAKING UP A LITTLE BIT THERE. ONCE AGAIN, FOLKS, LET’S TELL YOU WHAT WE DO KNOW. THERE ARE UNCONFIRMED REPORTS, AT LEAST BY NBC NEWS RIGHT NOW, OF MULTIPLE CASUALTIES, MULTIPLE PEOPLE WHO MAY HAVE BEEN INJURED AND MULTIPLE SHOOTERS THERE AT THE MALL IN EL PASO. IT ALL TOOK PLACE I WOULD SAY ROUGHLY ABOUT TWO HOURS AGO WHEN WE FIRST STARTED GETTING THE REPORTS. PHILLIP MENNA, OUR COLLEAGUE HERE, WHO HAS WORKED AT THAT MALL, IS FROM THE EL PASO AREA, SAYS ON A TYPICAL SATURDAY THAT WALMART THERE WOULD BE PACKED AND THE MALL WOULD BE PACKED WITH A LOT OF PEOPLE.>>THERE ARE SEVERAL MALLS IN THE EL PASO AREA, BUT NONE BUSIER THAN THAT ONE RIGHT THERE, CIELO VISTA, AND THERE’S ANOTHER ONE CALLED THE FOUNTAINS RIGHT ACROSS THE GATEWAY FROM THERE. BUT IT’S THAT AREA IS GOING TO BE THE HIGHEST CONCENTRATION OF SHOPPERS AT THAT GIVEN MOMENT ON A SATURDAY AFTERNOON.>>AND AT THIS POINT, IT IS A MASSIVE SCENE FROM EL PASO POLICE. WE HEARD ATF, FBI ON THE WAY, ALL LAW ENFORCEMENT FROM ALL OVER, WHO ARE RIGHT NOW TRYING TO FIGURE OUT IF THIS ACTIVE SHOOTER SITUATION IS OVER WITH. WE DO GET AND HAVE HEARD REPORTS OF MULTIPLE INJURIES THAT WE’RE STILL TRYING TO CONFIRM. THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AS OF 50 MINUTES AGO TWEEPTED IT IS STILL AN ACTIVE SCENE AND THEY HAVE MULTIPLE REPORTS OF MULTIPLE SHOOTERS. WE HAD A STATE SENATOR ON THE AIR SAYING THERE HAD BEEN MULTIPLE CASUALTIES HE IS LEARNING OF. BUT THE KEY TO ALL OF THIS AND THE ALARMING PART IS WE HAVE NOT HEARD ANYTHING ABOUT THE SHOOTER. >>WE’RE HEARING NOW THAT KTS SMSHGS REPORTING THE MAYOR OF EL PASO IS SAYING THREE SUSPECTS ARE IN CUSTODY.>>OKAY. DEE MARGO.>>OF EL PASO, TEXAS. SAYING THREE SUSPECTS ARE IN CUSTODY. THAT’S COMING FROM OUR AFFILIATE KTSM IN EL PASO.>>FRANK, IF YOU’RE WITH US, THAT ALIGNS WITH WHAT WE WERE HEARING OF MULTIPLE SHOOTERS BUT KKD AGAIN BE THE FOG OF WAR WHERE WE’VE HAD SEVERAL OF THESE INCIDENT WHERE IS SEVERAL PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY. HARD TO TELL IF WHO MAY BE THAT ONE SHOOTER OR IF THERE ARE MULTIPLE. FRANK?>>THE EARLY REPORTS ARE OFTEN WRONG, BUT IF MAYOR HAS THE INFORMATION AND THREE PEOPLE IN CUSTODY WHO ARE LOOKING AT AN U SITUATION. THIS IS NOT A COMMON MASS SHOOTING ENVIRONMENT WHERE PEOPLE CONSPIRE TOGETHER. WE DON’T KNOW IF THESE ARE GANG MEMBERS WHO WERE ENGAGED AT SHOOTING AT EACH OTHER AND INNOCENT VICTIMS WERE HIT OR WHETHER THIS WAS FAR MORE ORGANIZED. TIME WILL TELL. INVESTIGATIVE WORK IS NOW BEGINNING. THE FBI, THE POLICE, AND THE ATF ARE RUNNING THESE NAMES FOR CRIMINAL RECORDS, ANY CONNECTION TO TERRORISM OR ANY KIND OF GROUPS OR KNOWN INDIVIDUALS. SO THE INVESTIGATIVE WORK HAS JUST BEGUN IF SHOOTERS ARE IN CUSTODY. >>WE HAVE AN UPDATE. THAT ADAM BLANKEN STEAN IS JOINING US WITH. OKAY. HERE’S THE UPDATE. WE HAVE CONFIRMED THAT AT LEAST 18 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL. NBC NEWS ABLE TO CONFIRM THAT. WE DO NOT KNOW THE SEVERITY OF THE INJURIES OR WHAT THEIR SITUATION IS RIGHT NOW, BUT AT LEAST 18 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL AS A RESULT OF THIS SHOOTING THAT TOOK PLACE THERE. SOME THREE PEOPLE WE LEARNED WITHIN THE LAST FEW MOMENTS ARE IN CUSTODY.>>THAT’S ALL THE INFORMATION WE HAVE. THREE SUSPECTS. BUT IT IS PROGRESS. IT’S SOMETHING WE DIDN’T HAVE WHICH IS JUST NOW BREAKING. AGAIN, IT SPEAKS TO THE POSSIBILITY OF THERE PERHAPS BEING MULTIPLE SHOOTERS. WHEN THIS HAPPENS, IT DOESN’T NECESSARILY MEAN THERE WERE ONLY THREE SHOOTERS OR AS MANY AS THREE SHOOTERS. >>TEXAS BEING AN OPEN-CARRY STATE, AND YOU CAN BE CARRYING A GUN AND MANY PEOPLE HEARING GUNSHOTS AND PULLING THEIR WEAPONS OUT. MAYBE POLICE JUST GOT TO THE SCENE AND STARTED TRYING TO GET AS MANY PEOPLE IN CUSTODY AS POSSIBLE.>>YEAH. YOU WOULD HAVE S.W.A.T. TEAMS MOVING THROUGH WITH ACTUALLY JUST CARRYING FLEXSY CUFFS. THEY MAY PUT PEOPLE IN CUFFS. SO THE MAYOR COULD BE GETTING REPORTS THAT MULTIPLE PEOPLE ARE IN CUSTODY BUT IT COULD BE FOR OFFICER SAFETY PURPOSES. WE DON’T KNOW YET. >>I WANT TO GO TO INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER, IAN, BLANKSTEIN. CAN YOU GIVE US THE LATEST INFORMATION YOU HAVE FROM EL PASO?>>A SOURCE FAMILIAR WITH THE INCIDENT SAYS THAT AT LEAST 18 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TRANSPORTED TO LOCAL HOSPITALS. THERE’S NO SPECIFIC NUMBER OF THOSE THAT HAVE BEEN TREATED OR BEING TREATED FOR GUNSHOT WOUNDS OR EVEN AT THIS POINT A FATALITY COUNT. BUT OBVIOUSLY, ONE OF THE OTHER THINGS THAT THEY WERE EMPHASIZING AS WE WERE JUST TALKING ABOUT ON AIR IS THIS IDEA THAT DESPITE MULTIPLE REPORTS THAT THIS MAIN SCENE IS REALLY WHAT THEY HAVE –>>YOU GUYS, YOU SEE A SHOT OF SOMEBODY SPEAKING. LET ME GO TO THAT PRESS CONFERENCE. [ SPEAKING SPANISH ] [ SPEAKING SPANISH ]>>THAT POLICE OFFICER WAS BASICALLY TELLING PEOPLE NOT TO COME TO THE MALL RIGHT NOW, THAT IT IS STILL A FAIRLY ACTIVE SITUATION THERE. YOU SEE THE POLICE. HE APPEARS CALM. HE’S SPEAKING IN ENGLISH, LISTEN. >>MULTIPLE FATALITIES AND SEVERAL PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN TRANSPORTED.>>HOW MANY — >>I CAN’T GIVE YOU THAT NUMBER AT THIS TIME. WE’RE STILL GOING THROUGH SCENE.>>IS IT ONE SCENE OR MULTIPLE SCENES?>>WE’RE SEARCHING MULTIPLE SCENES, PRIMARILY THE WALMART. BUT WE HAVE SCENES AT THE MALL ALSO, FOR THE ENTIRE AREA. I CAN’T GIVE YOU ANY OTHER DETAILS THAN WHAT I KNOW ALREADY. [ INAUDIBLE QUESTION ] WE’RE GOING TO GET YOU ALL THE COMPLETE AND AS MUCH AS INFORMATION AS WE CAN GET YOU, BUT FOR RIGHT NOW THE IMPORTANT THING IS PUTTING OUT THE REUNIFICATION CENTER AND NO ONE COMES TO THE MALL. WE HAVE PLENTY OF PEOPLE HERE. THE SCENE IS CONTROLLED BY OFFICERS ON THE PERMIT. WE HAVE TACTICAL TEAMS SEARCHING THE ENTIRE AREA AROUND THE WORLD. >>ARE PEOPLE STILL IN DANGER. >>THERE ISN’T AN IMMINENT THREAT. THERE IS NO ACTIVE SHOOTER CURRENTLY. THAT’S NOT TO SAY THAT WE’VE RENDERED THE SCENE SAFE AT THIS TIME. [ SPEAKING SPANISH ] [ SPEAKING SPANISH ]>>>THIS IS AN NBC NEWS SPECIAL REPORT. HERE’S JOSE DIAZ.>>Reporter: GOOD AFTERNOON. WE’RE COMING ON THE AIR WITH REPORTS OF A SHOOTING NEAR A BUSY SHOPPING MALL IN EL PASO, TEXAS. IT HAPPENED NEAR A WALMART AT CIELO VISTA MALL. IT’S ABOUT FIVE MILES FROM THE BORDER OF MEXICO. MOMENTS LATER POLICE SAY THERE ARE MULTIPLE FATALITIES AND SEVERAL INJURED, AND THEY JUST ANNOUNCED ONE SUSPECT HAS BEEN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY. HERE’S THAT POLICE OFFICER JUST MOMENTS AGO.>>MULTIPLE FATALITIES AND SEVERAL PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN TRANSPORTED.>>HOW MANY FATALITIES?>>I CAN’T TELL YOU THAT NOW, SIR. WE’RE STILL GOING THROUGH THE SCENE. WE’RE SEARCHING MULTIPLE SCENES. PRIMARILY THE WALMART. BUT WE HAVE SEEN THAT THE MALL ALSO, THE ENTIRE AREA — I CAN’T GIVE YOU ANY OTHER DETAILS OTHER THAN WHAT I’VE GIVEN YOU.>>Reporter: THE SHOOTING STARTED JUST AFTER 11:00 A.M. LOCAL TIME. POLICE ARE, AS YOU JUST HEARD, STILL WARNING RESIDENTS TO STAY AWAY FROM THE MALL, THE AREA OF THE WALMART, AND SHELTER IN PLACE. POLICE WERE ON THE SCENE VERY QUICKLY. S.W.A.T., BORDER PATROL AGENTS AND THE FBI ARE ALSO RESPONDING. EVACUATIONS FROM THE MALL CONTINUE AT THIS MOMENT. ANDREW BLANKENSTEIN, NBC NEWS INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER IS ON THE PHONE WITH US. ANDREW, WHAT’S THE LATEST?>>Reporter: THE LATEST, AS YOU HEARD, ARE MULTIPLE CASUALTIES. IN TERMS OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN TRANSPORTED WITH INJURIES, OFFICIALS TELL ME IT’S AT LEAST 18 PEOPLE WITH INJURIES RANGING FROM MINOR TO CRITICAL. WE CAN’T CONFIRM EXACTLY HOW MANY OF THOSE HAVE SUFFERED GUNSHOT WOUNDS. WE KNOW THAT THERE ARE ALSO PEOPLE WHO WERE INJURED RUNNING OUT OF THE WALMART AREA. WE ALSO KNOW THAT DESPITE THESE REPORTS OF MULTIPLE SHOOTERS AND POSSIBLE OTHERS SEEN, OFFICIALS ARE TELLING ME THAT MAIN SCENE AT THE WALMART IS WHERE THEY BELIEVE THIS INCIDENT IS GOING TO BE CENTERED ON. OBVIOUSLY THEY HAVE TO CHECK OUT ADDITIONAL CALLS FROM PEOPLE, BUT THEY’RE GOING TO BE GOING TO THE MALL AREA, THOUGH, METHODICALLY, TO MAKE SURE IT IS CLEARED, AND THAT’S WHAT WE KNOW AT THE MOMENT.>>Reporter: ANDREW BLANKENSTEIN, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I WANT TO TURN TO JIM NOW. JIM, IN TERMS OF SEVERAL SHOOTERS, HOW ARE POLICE WHAT ARE POLICE DOING RIGHT NOW?>>THEY HAVE TO FOLLOW UP ON EACH ONE OF THOSE REPORTS OF A MULTIPLE SHOOTER, FROM PERSON SEEN WITH A GUN OR RUNNING WITH A GUN. AND LIKE YOU SAY, THAT COULD BE AN OFF-DUTY COP, IT COULD BE A CONCEALED CARRY, IT COULD BE SOMEBODY WHO’S A GOOD GUY WHO’S NOT A BAD GUY, OR IT COULD BE A WITNESS SEEING A SHOOTER. THE POLICE OFFICER, THE PIO SAID ONE IS IN CUSTODY AND WE HAVE NO ACTIVE SHOOTER AT THE MOMENT. IT MAY BE THAT HE IS THE ONLY SHOOTER THAT WE HAVE IN CUSTODY AND HE DIDN’T GO ON TO SAY WHETHER THE SHOOTER WAS WOUNDED OR KILLED. IT SOUNDS LIKE HE’S ALIVE. JUST ONE SHOOTER IN CUSTODY. >>WHEN THEY SAY THEY’RE GOING THROUGH THE SCENE OF AT LEAST TWO AREAS, THAT IS PRETTY MUCH JUST STANDARD PROTOCOL.>>RIGHT. THEY HAVE TO CLEAR EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING — IN A FACILITY LIKE A MALL, LARGE STORES THAT ARE LARGE, THEY HAVE TO GO THROUGH TO MAKE SURE NO OTHER GUNMEN GOT ACCESS TO A PLACE WHERE WE COULD HAVE FREE REIN. THEY’RE GOING TO SEARCH AND CLEAR EVERY BUILDING. THEY’RE GOING TO GET EVERY PERSON OUT. THERE’S GOING TO MAKE SURE THERE’S NO OTHER FIREARMS OR EXPLOSIVES AROUND AND THEN THEY’LL SAY IT’S SAFE. BUT WITH THE SHOOTER IN CUSTODY, THEY HAVE A LOT MORE INFORMATION THAN WE DO. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WE WILL CONTINUE TO FOLLOW THIS BREAKING SITUATION. WE’LL HAVE MUCH MORE TONIGHT ON

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