Lori Brown Crusius, the mother of El Paso Walmart shooter Patrick Crusius, had previously alerted authorities over concerns about her son’s possession of an “AR” style rifle, according to a CNN report. His mother contacted authorities regarding whether the 21-year-old could legally own the weapon weeks prior to the deadly rampage that took the lives of 22 victims and injured dozens more.
The report states Crusius’ mother contacted police because she “was worried about her son owning the weapon given his age, maturity level and lack of experience handling such a firearm.”
A spokesperson for the City of Allen Police Department says there was no record of the call, according to TIME.
“We have no record of it at this point,” Sergeant Jon Felty said. “Oftentimes people call and have questions. We don’t keep records of all those calls because they are so numerous. In this case there was nobody mentioned as a suspect or witness or anything else, so there would not be a record.”
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Following the shooting, it was revealed that Patrick Crucius was responsible for a troubling manifesto that circulated online. The manifesto — which was titled “The Inconvenient Truth” — makes references to Christchurch mosque shooter Brenton Tarrant and shows a heavy disdain for Hispanic immigrants. It is currently being investigated by the FBI.
“In general, I support the Christchurch shooter and his manifesto. 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 an invasion. Some people will think this statement is hypocritical because of the nearly complete ethnic and cultural destruction brought to the Native Americans by our European ancestors, but this just reinforces my point,” the alleged manifesto begins.
It continues, “Even if other non-immigrant targets would have a greater impact, I can’t bring myself to kill my fellow Americans. My ideology has not changed for several years. My opinions on automation, immigration, and the rest predate Trump and his campaign for president. I putting this here because some people will blame the President or certain presidential candidates for the attack. This is not the case. I know that the media will probably call me a white supremacist anyway and blame Trump’s rhetoric. The media is infamous for fake news. Their reaction to this attack will likely just confirm that.”
You can read the alleged manifesto in its entirety here.