According to CNN, the El Paso shooting suspect’s mother had called the Allen Police Department weeks before the shooting over concerns about her son owning an “AK” type firearm. She was worried about his age, maturity level and lack of experience handling firearms.
During the call, the mother was transferred to a public safety officer who told her that her 21-year-old son was legally allowed to purchase the firearm. The police did not get the names of the mother or son, or any other additional information, before the call concluded.
The Allen Police Department was unable to provide any documents of the call with the mother in response to public records requests for information on the alleged shooter.
It is a sad reality that law enforcement these days is a shell of what it was 20 years ago. Almost 100% of mass shooters were known by police before they carried out their attacks. But police and prosecutors (both led by politically career minded executives) have built a divide between the two agencies causing a breakdown in proactive investigations.
The shooting suspect is being charged with capital murder and held without bond. District Attorney Jaime Esparza said his office will be seeking the death penalty. US Attorney John Bash said the Justice Department is “seriously considering” federal hate crime and federal firearm charges.