Lawyers for family of El Paso suspect claim his mom contacted police weeks before mass shooting
ALLEN, Texas - Lawyers representing the family of El Paso "domestic terrorism" suspect Patrick Crusius claim that the 21-year-old's mother contacted Allen police about her son owning a gun weeks before the mass shooting.
The lawyers said that Crusius' mother contacted the Allen Police Department weeks before the shooting, but did not give a specific date. She was reportedly concerned about her son owning an AK-type of weapon because of his age, lack of experience, and maturity level.
During the call, she was transferred to a public safety officer, who told her that her 21-year-old son was legally allowed to purchase the gun.
It is not known if that gun is the one used in Saturday's shooting that left 22 people dead.
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Attorneys say the mother's question was informational in nature, and not motivated by fear he would harm others.
She did not give her name or her son's name, nor did police ask.
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Previously, the Allen Police Department released information about all the contact their officers had with Crusius.
As part of that, Allen PD said: "There is no record of any person(s) ever contacting the Allen Police Department in reference to this suspect and any activity that he may have been engaged or involved in."
Allen PD had limited contact with Crusius. The first instance was from 2014, when he was reported as a runaway. Two years later, he was on a Plano school bus during an accident.
And earlier this year, in March, Allen police said he called 911 to report a false alarm at his grandparents' house.
Crusius graduated from Plano Senior High School in 2017, then lived with his grandparents in Allen while attending Collin College.
Crusius' family also released a statement, saying "Patrick's actions were apparently influenced and informed by people we do not know, and from ideas and beliefs that we do not accept or condone, in any way."
They also said "he was raised in a family that taught love, kindness, respect, and tolerance – rejecting all forms of racism, prejudice, hatred, and violence."
Read the full statement below:
"Since learning of the events in El Paso this past Saturday morning, we have been and are focused on the lives lost, those struggling in their recovery, and the countless families and friends of those affected by this atrocity. We also know that the destruction Patrick did is not limited to the victims and their families. It touches the entire El Paso and Ciudad Juárez communities, the State of Texas and this country.
Patrick's actions were apparently influenced and informed by people we do not know, and from ideas and beliefs that we do not accept or condone, in any way. He was raised in a family that taught love, kindness, respect, and tolerance – rejecting all forms of racism, prejudice, hatred, and violence. There will never be a moment for the rest of our lives when we will forget each and every victim of this senseless tragedy.
We appreciate, more than words can express, the dedication of those who intervened to stop this devastation – especially the brave men and women in law enforcement, all the other first responders, and ordinary citizens of who courageously rushed to aid those in danger. We likewise wish to thank the medical community who brought to bear all available resources to aid those in desperate need. The selflessness and devotion to total strangers in the face of indescribable suffering is something that we deeply respect and admire.
We issue this statement to reflect our families' position about what has transpired. We do not plan to make further public comment, at this time. Our hope and prayer now is that the collective focus will be with those who are attempting to grieve and heal."