The man accused of targeting Latinos in a mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, last summer was indicted on 22 federal hate crimes, one for each person he allegedly killed.
Patrick Crusius was hit with the 90-count indictment on Thursday afternoon for the Aug. 3 attack, which left 22 dead and dozens injured. The indictment also includes charges related to his use of an AK-47 style rifle that he allegedly ordered online about six weeks before the attack. Separately, he’s also facing state capital murder charges, which he’s pleaded not guilty to.
The federal indictment contains excerpts from the four-page “manifesto” that the shooter allegedly uploaded to the imageboard site 8chan (now called 8kun) that referenced white nationalist conspiracies and echoed anti-immigrant rhetoric that’s become associated with Donald Trump’s presidency.
“This attack is a response to the hispanic invasion of Texas,” the document states. “They are the instigators, not me. I am simply defending my country from cultural and ethnic replacement brought on by the invasion.”