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El Paso Walmart Manager Describes The Moment The Shooting Started

Aug 8, 2019
Andrew Schneider | Houston Public Media

Robert Evans is the manager of the Cielo Vista Walmart in El Paso. He was on duty on the morning of Saturday, Aug. 3, when he saw a man raise a weapon and shoot dozens of people, ultimately killing 22. Houston Public Media’s Andrew Schneider spoke with Evans on the sidelines of an El Paso Chihuahuas baseball game. It was the Minor League team’s first home game since the tragedy.

Warning: This conversation contains graphic descriptions of violence.

Schneider: What can you tell us about what you remember of the day of the attack?

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

The San Antonio city budget is reaching its highest amount yet at $2.9 billion. It’s a 3.1% increase over the 2019 budget.

People protesting President Trump's visit to El Paso.
Mallory Falk | KERA

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visited El Paso Wednesday afternoon to meet with first responders and survivors of Saturday’s mass shooting.

Those who greeted the president included Gov. Greg Abbott, Sen. John Cornyn, Sen. Ted Cruz and El Paso Mayor Dee Margo.

Residents, however, turned out in force to protest the visit.


A ruling by a New Mexico judge this week may enable Texas residents to register for that state’s medical marijuana program. But critics are worried that Texans may end up breaking state and federal laws. 

Miguel Guitierrez Jr. | KUT

Texas Congressman Joaquin Castro is defending his tweet listing dozens of San Antonio business owners who are major contributors to President Donald Trump’s 2020 election campaign.  

A women pauses at the memorial for the 22 people who died in a mass shooting in El Paso.
Carlos Morales | Marfa Public Radio

In El Paso, emotions are still raw after a mass shooting at a Walmart left 22 people dead — many of them Mexican and Mexican-American.

Trustee Debra Guerrero tries out Bexar County's new voting machine at a San Antonio ISD board meeting July 15, 2019.
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

Bexar County Commissioners voted Tuesday to begin the process of changing traditional voting centers in time for the Nov. 5 elections.

County Elections Administrator Jacquelyn Callanen presented the plan that allows a voter to cast a ballot at any of the voting centers across Bexar County on Election Day, just like in the early voting period before elections. 

The voting centers could save the county money by reducing the need for the number of traditional voting precincts, Callanen has said in the past.  Those traditional voting sites could be cut by 20%, she said.

Courtesy Carlos Morales

A vigil in El Paso on Monday celebrated the life of Javier Amir Rodriguez, age 15 — the youngest victim of Saturday's mass shooting at a Walmart.

Two El Paso community members embrace at a vigil remembering Javier Rodriguez, who died in the mass shooting on Saturday Aug. 3.
Carlos Morales | Marfa Public Radio

El Paso is a border town with a predominately Hispanic population and a culture linked to both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. And now the community feels like it is being targeted because of that.

A Mural Takes On New, Tragic Meaning In Mourning El Paso

Aug 5, 2019
Stella Chavez/KERA

Hundreds of people in El Paso turned out Sunday for a rally against gun violence, the day after a gunman killed 22 people and wounded more than two dozen others at a local Walmart. The suspected 21-year-old gunman from Allen, Texas, is in police custody, and authorities are investigating the shooting as an act of domestic terrorism.