Mexico vows to take legal action against U.S. in wake of deadly El Paso shooting – NBCNews.com

Mexico vows to take legal action against U.S. in wake of deadly El Paso shooting – NBCNews.com


Mexico on Sunday threatened to take legal action against the United States for failing to protect its citizens after this weekend’smass shooting in the border city of El Paso.

Of the 20 people gunned down at a Walmart at the Cielo Vista Mall, at least three were Mexican citizens, and Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard promised Mexico City will act.

Ebrard called Saturday’s shooting an “act of barbarism.”

“The president has instructed me to ensure that Mexico’s indignation translates into … efficient, prompt, expeditious and forceful legal actions for Mexico to take a role and demand that conditions are established that protect … Mexicans in the United States,” Ebrard said in a video posted on Twitter.

Of the 26 injured in the attack, at least nine were Mexican nationals, according to the government.

El Paso, America’s 22nd-largest city with an estimated population of 682,669, is more than80 percent Hispanic or Latino, according to U.S. census data.El Pasosits just across the Rio Grande from Ciudad Juárez, which has a population of 1.3 million.

The shooter appears to have been targeting Hispanics and authorities are investigatingit as a hate crime. A 21-year-old Texas man was in custody.

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David K. Li is a breaking news reporter for NBC News.

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