Incident Detail

Last Updated on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 @ 9:47 PM by Editor

Incident Details

Incident
Walmart Supercenter
Municipality
El Paso
State
Texas – TX
Zip Code
79925
Region
South
Division
West South Central
Incident Date
August 3, 2019
Venue Type
Retail Store
Killed
23
Injured
23

Incident Ranking Data

Preventable Factors/Rankings
97 1621900536 Behavioral Red Flag Law(s) Nonexistent - Behavioral Red Flag Law(s) Nonexistent 3 Behavioral Red Flags Ignored/Response Delayed - Perpetrator(s) Behavior Personally Erratic/Deviated from Individual/Societal Norms Behavioral Red Flags Ignored/Response Delayed - Perpetrator(s) Was in Directed and Overt Incident Preparatory Mode Behavioral Red Flags Ignored/Response Delayed - Perpetrator(s) Expressed Suicidal Ideation and/or Suicide by Police and/or Expressed Violent Intentions Privately and/or Publicly in Person and/or In Any Medium Commercial Establishment Failure - Commercial Establishment Failure Criminal Justice System Failures - Judicial System Failure - Custodial Issues - Questionable Release/Remand of Perpetrator(s) Criminal Justice System Failures - Judicial System Failure - Questionable "Blue Paper" Rejections of Perpetrator(s) Criminal Justice System Failures - Judicial System Failure - Questionable Search Warrant Rejection(s) for Perpetrator(s) Criminal Justice System Failures - Law Enforcement Failure - Delayed Response or Inaction to Perpetrator(s) at Incident Scene Criminal Justice System Failures - Law Enforcement Failure - Delayed/Ignored/or No Follow-up to Telltale Perpetrator(s) Event(s) Preceding Incident Criminal Justice System Failures - Probation/Parole Failure - Failure to Pursue/Report Probation/Parole Violation(s) for Perpetrator(s) Criminal Justice System Failures - Prosecutorial Failure - Failure to Pursue Warranted Criminal Charges Against Perpetrator(s) and/or Failure to Petition the Court for a Red Flag Hearing Gun Laws Inadequate - Inadequate Gun Law(s) Contributed to Perpetrator(s) Execution of the Incident Gun Laws Inadequate - Inadequate Gun Law(s) Exacerbated the Incident Mental Health System Failures/Interventions Lacking - Incident Principals Attested to Mental Health System Failure for Perpetrator(s) Mental Health System Failures/Interventions Lacking - Incident Principals Charged With Mental Health System Failure for Perpetrator(s) Mental Health System Failures/Interventions Lacking - Incident Principals Identified With Metal Health System Failure for Perpetrator(s) Unnecessarily Accessible Perpetrator(s) Weapon(s) - Weapon(s) Was Unnecessarily Accessible to the Perpetrator Venue Lacked Armed Individuals/Personnel - Venue Lacked Armed Individuals (Civilians)/Personnel (Military/Police/Security) Venue Structural Security Lacking - Venue Had Limited Structural Security Venue Structural Security Lacking - Venue Structural Security was Nonexistent Venue Perimeter Security Lacking - Venue Had Limited Perimeter Security Venue Perimeter Security Lacking - Venue Perimeter Security was Nonexistent Vexatious Cascade of Events Beset Perpetrator(s) - Vexatious Cascade of Events Beset Perpetrator(s) Whatever System Failure - Whatever System Failure
96 1621898956 Behavioral Red Flag Law(s) Nonexistent - Behavioral Red Flag Law(s) Nonexistent Behavioral Red Flags Ignored/Response Delayed - Perpetrator(s) Behavior Personally Erratic/Deviated from Individual/Societal Norms Behavioral Red Flags Ignored/Response Delayed - Perpetrator(s) Was in Directed and Overt Incident Preparatory Mode Behavioral Red Flags Ignored/Response Delayed - Perpetrator(s) Expressed Suicidal Ideation and/or Suicide by Police and/or Expressed Violent Intentions Privately and/or Publicly in Person and/or In Any Medium Commercial Establishment Failure - Commercial Establishment Failure Criminal Justice System Failures - Judicial System Failure - Custodial Issues - Questionable Release/Remand of Perpetrator(s) Criminal Justice System Failures - Judicial System Failure - Questionable "Blue Paper" Rejections of Perpetrator(s) Criminal Justice System Failures - Judicial System Failure - Questionable Search Warrant Rejection(s) for Perpetrator(s) Criminal Justice System Failures - Law Enforcement Failure - Delayed Response or Inaction to Perpetrator(s) at Incident Scene Criminal Justice System Failures - Law Enforcement Failure - Delayed/Ignored/or No Follow-up to Telltale Perpetrator(s) Event(s) Preceding Incident Criminal Justice System Failures - Probation/Parole Failure - Failure to Pursue/Report Probation/Parole Violation(s) for Perpetrator(s) Criminal Justice System Failures - Prosecutorial Failure - Failure to Pursue Warranted Criminal Charges Against Perpetrator(s) and/or Failure to Petition the Court for a Red Flag Hearing Gun Laws Inadequate - Inadequate Gun Law(s) Contributed to Perpetrator(s) Execution of the Incident Gun Laws Inadequate - Inadequate Gun Law(s) Exacerbated the Incident Mental Health System Failures/Interventions Lacking - Incident Principals Attested to Mental Health System Failure for Perpetrator(s) Mental Health System Failures/Interventions Lacking - Incident Principals Charged With Mental Health System Failure for Perpetrator(s) Mental Health System Failures/Interventions Lacking - Incident Principals Identified With Metal Health System Failure for Perpetrator(s) Unnecessarily Accessible Perpetrator(s) Weapon(s) - Weapon(s) Was Unnecessarily Accessible to the Perpetrator Venue Lacked Armed Individuals/Personnel - Venue Lacked Armed Individuals (Civilians)/Personnel (Military/Police/Security)3 Venue Structural Security Lacking - Venue Had Limited Structural Security Venue Structural Security Lacking - Venue Structural Security was Nonexistent Venue Perimeter Security Lacking - Venue Had Limited Perimeter Security Venue Perimeter Security Lacking - Venue Perimeter Security was Nonexistent Vexatious Cascade of Events Beset Perpetrator(s) - Vexatious Cascade of Events Beset Perpetrator(s) Whatever System Failure - Whatever System Failure
    Blatant Ranking - Points Doubled
    0
    Preventable Rankings Score
    6
    Preventable Status
    Somewhat Unpreventable

    Incident Preventable Factors Details

    Preventable Factor Details

    Last Updated on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 @ 9:47 PM by Editor

    Takeaways: —There needs to be a federal red flag law, or at least red flag laws in every state in the nation and those responsible with administering them need to dot all the i’s and cross all the t’s and leave no stones unturned. —Armed personnel, good guys with guns, need to be in every venue.

    Incident Preventable Factors:

    —Behavioral Red Flag Law(s) Nonexistent – Behavioral Red Flag Law(s) Nonexistent: Weeks before the Walmart Supercenter mass shooting the mother of the perpetrator called police about her concerns that her son owned an “AK” type weapon. If Texas had a red flag law, which it didn’t at the time, the police could have advised her about a legal pathway for having that gun taken away from the perpetrator. 1 Editor’s Note: True, but just the existence of a red flag law is a long road from the court ordering that the gun be seized. Nonetheless, it’s doable so long as all the involved parties do their job and do it well. —Venue Lacked Armed Individuals/Personnel – Venue Lacked Armed Individuals (Civilians)/Personnel (Military/Police/Security): Once again, the effectiveness of having “Armed Individuals (Civilians)/Personnel (Military/Police/Security)” present is demonstrated in this mass shooting. Case in point. The store manager witnessed the perpetrator begin firing in the parking lot prior to entering the crowded store. The store manager issued a “Code Brown,” alerting his employees about an active shooter, who then began helping customers evacuate or hide. Editor’s Note: While the action of the store manager was no doubt helpful in sparing injuries and deaths, wouldn’t it have been far more effective for him to have put a few bullets between the shoulder blades of the perpetrator before he entered the crowded store? 2 Editor’s Note: It should be noted that this incident and the Midland–Odessa Mass Shooting, Midland–Odessa, Texas – August 31, 2019, prompted the Texas Safety Action Report.

    Sources:

    1. The Editorial Board. August 8, 2019. “How ‘Red Flag’ Laws Could Have Made a Difference In Mass Shootings in El Paso and Dayton”. USA Today. Retereived May 26, 2021, from https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2019/08/08/el-paso-dayton-red-flag-laws-mass-shootings-editorials-debates/1952669001/. 2. None. Last Edited May 19, 2021. “El Paso Shooting”. Wikipedia. Retereived May 26, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019_El_Paso_shooting.

    Incident Fluidity

    Criminal Case Pending?
    Civil Litigation Pending?

    Incident Administrative Information

    Credible Source Inquires?
    2
    Are Credible Source Inquires Inline Endnotes?
    Assessment Status?
    Complete
    Editorial Board Approval?
    no

    Incident Record Information

    Record ID
    8
    Private ID
    AFVEUMC
    Date Recorded
    2021-05-24 19:28:59
    Date Updated
    2021-09-22 19:28:35
    Last Accessed