FBI investigate 3 homes where El Paso shooting suspect had stayed after capital murder charge

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FBI agents executed several search warrants at three homes in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in Texas on Sunday where the suspected gunman in the El Paso Walmart massacre had stayed.

One of the locations was the home of Patrick Crusius’ grandparents in Allen, Texas, where authorities shut down streets following the shooting.

FBI spokeswoman Melina Urbina declined to give the Associated Press more details on the other locations.

Meanwhile, authorities have said the massacre that left at least 20 people dead and wounded more than two dozen is being investigated as a domestic terrorism case. Officials are also looking into whether hate crime charges against Crusius, who has also been charged with capital murder, are appropriate.

Investigators were examining an alleged manifesto that the 21-year-old is believed to have written and would indicate “a nexus to a hate crime.”

On Sunday afternoon, President Donald Trump offered his condolences to the victims in Texas – as well as those from a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio early Sunday morning that saw 9 people killed.

“Hate has no place in our country, and we’re going to take care of it,” he said from the airport in Morristown, N.J., as he returned to Washington, D.C.

The president has ordered the lowering of American flags at all federal government buildings until Thursday.

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The mass shooting is “devastating for the community,” John Bash, the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas, who has been in “close consultation” with Attorney General William Barr, told reporters at a news conference on Sunday.

“We are conducting a methodical investigation with our partners, a careful investigation, but with a view towards bringing federal hate crimes charges…and federal firearms charges which carry a penalty of death,” Bash told reporters at a press conference. “We are seriously considering those charges.”

Bash said investigators are also treating the shooting as a “domestic terrorism case,” and said, “We’re going to do what we do to terrorists in this country — which is deliver swift and certain justice.”

El Paso District Attorney Jaime Esparza said that the state charge against the suspect is capital murder.

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“He is eligible for the death penalty. We will seek the death penalty,” he said. “The loss of life is so great, we certainly have never seen this in our community. We are a very safe community. We pride ourselves on the fact that we’re so safe, and certainly this community is rocked, shocked and saddened by what has happened here yesterday.”

First responders were beginning to remove the bodies from Walmart on Sunday so the store could reopen, officials said.

The police department in Crusius’ hometown of Allen said they had few past interactions with the suspect, saying it “can be described as limited at best.”

In a statement, Allen police said Crusius was reported as a juvenile runaway in 2014 but returned home roughly a half-hour later. He was also among eight students on a school bus involved in a minor crash in 2016 that resulted in no injuries.

Allen police said their last involvement with Crusius came in March, when he reported a false residential alarm at his grandparents’ home.

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The shootings over the weekend came less than a week after a 19-year-old gunman killed three people and injured 13 others at the popular Gilroy Garlic Festival in California before dying of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Anyone with information — including photos or videos of the scene — is urged to submit the content to the FBI at FBI.gov/ElPasoShooting.

Fox News’ Lucia Suarez and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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