One of the 20 people killed in Saturday’s mass shooting in a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, was shot while shielding her 2-month-old son, the woman’s sister told the Associated Press.
Victim Jordan Anchondo was a 25-year old mom-of-three, her sister said. She was shot after a gunman opened fire after 10:30 a.m. inside the crowded store, killing 20 and injuring 26.
Her sister, Leta Jamrowski, 19, spoke to the AP from University Medical Center of El Paso, where Anchondo’s 2-month-old son was being treated for broken bones sustained when his mother fell.
“From the baby’s injuries, they said that more than likely my sister was trying to shield him,” Jamrowski said. “So when she got shot she was holding him and she fell on him, so that’s why he broke some of his bones. So he pretty much lived because she gave her life.”
Jamrowski said she hasn’t heard from her sister’s husband, Andre Anchondo, and worries he might be among the fatal victims.
“They said that if he were alive, more than likely he would have gotten in contact by now,” Jamrowski said.
Calls to police about an active shooter at the Cielo Vista Mall came in at 10:39 a.m. and first responders arrived six minutes later, El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen said Saturday. The store was reportedly at capacity during the busy back-to-school shopping season, with as many as 3,000 people inside, according to multiple reports.
Patrick Crusius, 21, of Allen, Texas, a Dallas suburb more than 600 miles from El Paso, is the suspect, a law enforcement source with direct knowledge of the investigation tells PEOPLE. Police said the suspect drove about 10 hours to the site of the shooting and surrendered to police without incident.
Allen said the shooting “has a nexus at this point in time to a hate crime.” The source close to the investigation said authorities were looking at a manifesto with white nationalist themes the suspect is believed to have written.
Source: PEOPLE News