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Multiple victims have been injured in a shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, a CNN affiliate reports

EL PASO, Texas — Multiple victims have been injured at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, CNN affiliate KTSM reports.

Police responded Saturday to an active shooter in the area of the Cielo Vista Mall, they tweeted.

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“Scene is still active,” police wrote at 1:03 p.m. ET, adding, “avoid the area” around Hawkins and Gateway East boulevards.

Police got reports of multiple shooters and were “conducting (a) search of a very large area,” they tweeted just after 2 p.m. ET.

At least three businesses are on lockdown in the area, about three miles south of El Paso International Airport.

Three Walmart employees took refuge at a nearby Landry’s Seafood house, restaurant manager Oscar Collazo told CNN. The women appeared “shook up” but not injured.

Landry’s had already gone on lockdown, he said, but opened its doors when the employees ran there.

“We never thought it would be so close to us this time,” Collazo said. “You see on the news all the time, but you don’t think it could happen here until it does.”

The nearby Hooters and Red Lobster are also on lockdown. Employees at those restaurants told CNN they are safe and see a lot of police, helicopters and people running around outside.

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, who once represented the area in Congress, asked residents to follow the directions of first responders.

“Truly heartbreaking,” O’Rourke said on Twitter. “Stay safe, El Paso.”

The scene is unfolding in the same week two employees were fatally shot at a Walmart store in Southaven, Mississippi, and three people were shot and killed at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in California.

At least 15 dead in El Paso shooting, Texas attorney general says

At least 15 people were killed in a shooting at an El Paso shopping center on Saturday, according to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

“That number keeps changing. I hate to pin down a certain number, but I think it was definitely a large number,” Paxton told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “At least what I’m hearing, the reports between 15 and 20 are probably accurate.”

[Previous story, published at 6:54 p.m. ET]

The suspect in the shooting at an El Paso shopping center in which multiple people were killed is 21-year-old Patrick Crusius of Allen, Texas, three sources have told CNN.

Two federal law enforcement sources and one state government source confirmed the suspect’s identity. The federal sources said investigators are reviewing an online writing posted days before the shooting that may speak to a motive.

The online posting was believed to be written by Crusius, the sources said, but that has not been confirmed.

El Paso Police Sgt. Robert Gomez said in a news conference Saturday one person is in police custody. He is a white male in his 20s, Gomez said. He was arrested without incident.

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Police began receiving reports of an active shooter around 10 a.m. (noon ET), Gomez said in a brief news conference at the scene. Authorities were initially given multiple possible locations for the shooting, Gomez said, at a Walmart and the Cielo Vista Mall next door.

Local officials, including El Paso Mayor Dee Margo and police spokesman Sgt. Enrique Carrillo, have said there were multiple fatalities in the shooting.

At least 23 people were injured, according to spokesmen for two local hospitals.

Thirteen people were taken to the University Medical Center of El Paso, spokesman Ryan Mielke told CNN, and one of them has died.

Eleven victims were transported to the Del Sol Medical Center, hospital spokesman Victor Guerrero said. Nine of them are in critical but stable condition, he said.

Del Sol Medical Center CEO David Shimp said of those in critical condition, “Those are life-threatening situations.”

“This is a large crime scene, a large area,” Gomez said of the crime scene. “So we are systematically going through it and making sure that anybody in the area — number one, we’re ruling out that no one is a suspect, and we’re also making sure that those people that were separated or hurt are getting the care that they need.”

A family reunification center has been set up at MacArthur Elementary School for families who might have been separated, Gomez said.

Multiple agencies, including the FBI and the local sheriff’s department, have responded to the scene to assist El Paso authorities.

“This was a massacre,” US Rep. Veronica Escobar, who represents the area, told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. Escobar has received conflicting reports on the numbers of casualties, she said, but added, “The numbers are shocking.”

‘You don’t think it could happen here’

Walmart issued a statement regarding the shooting, saying, “We’re in shock over the tragic events at Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso. … We’re praying for the victims, the community & our associates, as well as the first responders.”

Inside the Cielo Vista Mall, crowds hid inside stores after hearing reports of an active shooter, according to 26-year-old Brandon Chavez, an employee at Forever 21.

Chavez had just started his shift when he saw customers and staff members running to the stock room to take shelter.

“There were about 20 children and adults, plus employees, hiding, all cramped like sardines,” he told CNN. “Most of us were desperate, some were on their phones. There were girls crying, people trying to talk to each other and women with babies in their arms.”

Store employees had closed the glass doors but he could see police officers walking around the mall and evacuating people from other stores.

After police officers knocked on the store’s doors, Chavez said his group had to leave the store, forming a line with their hands up and running.

In a shaky Snapchat video aired by CNN, a woman holding the camera frantically runs with a small group of girls or women through a Cielo Vista mall department store and into a parking lot.

As the group hurries past racks of clothes and cases of merchandise, voices off camera shout, “Hands up!”

Once in the parking lot, one member of the group asks, “What happened?”

“I don’t know,” the woman holding the camera responds. “I don’t know.”

Another video, shot from outside the Walmart, showed people lying on the ground, some of them next to a table set up by the store’s entrance.

“There’s a man lying down at the stand that a school set up,” the man holding the camera says in Spanish.

“Help!” a man screams in English.

“We need CPR,” someone else says. “We need CPR.”

Three Walmart employees took refuge at a nearby Landry’s Seafood house, restaurant manager Oscar Collazo told CNN. The women appeared “shook up” but not injured.

Landry’s had already gone on lockdown, he said, but opened its doors when the employees ran there.

“We never thought it would be so close to us this time,” Collazo said. “You see on the news all the time, but you don’t think it could happen here until it does.”

Employees at the nearby Hooters and Red Lobster told CNN they were safe and saw a lot of police, helicopters and people running around outside.

White House pledges ‘total support’

Blood donations are urgently needed, and authorities said if local residents want to help, they should make appointments to do so.

Frances Yepez, waiting in line at one blood donation center, said the center was at max capacity and dozens of people were waiting to make appointments for Sunday or Monday.

“It’s easy to make a dollar, but it’s harder to make a difference,” she said. “So I get out there and do whatever I can do to help.”

She said the mood there was somber, and she could hear sniffling as the crowd of people learned updates over the television.

President Donald Trump has been briefed on the shooting, and the White House is monitoring the situation, Deputy Press Secretary Steven Groves said in a statement.

“Terrible shootings in El Paso, Texas,” the President tweeted Saturday afternoon. “Reports are very bad, many killed. Working with State and Local authorities, and Law Enforcement. Spoke to Governor to pledge total support of Federal Government. God be with you all!”

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, who once represented the area in Congress, addressed the shooting while at a speaking event in Las Vegas.

“We know there is a lot of injury, a lot of suffering in El Paso right now,” he said. “I am incredibly sad and it is very hard to think about this.”

“But I’ll tell you, El Paso is the strongest place in the world,” he added. “This community is going to come together.”

O’Rourke said he would be cutting short his trip to Las Vegas to return to El Paso.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted that the state Department of Public Safety is assisting local law enforcement.

The scene is unfolding in the same week two employees were fatally shot at a Walmart store in Southaven, Mississippi, and three people were shot and killed at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in California.

At least 15 dead in El Paso shooting, Texas attorney general says

At least 15 people were killed in a shooting at an El Paso shopping center on Saturday, according to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

“That number keeps changing. I hate to pin down a certain number, but I think it was definitely a large number,” Paxton told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “At least what I’m hearing, the reports between 15 and 20 are probably accurate.”

[Previous story, published at 6:54 p.m. ET]

The suspect in the shooting at an El Paso shopping center in which multiple people were killed is 21-year-old Patrick Crusius of Allen, Texas, three sources have told CNN.

Two federal law enforcement sources and one state government source confirmed the suspect’s identity. The federal sources said investigators are reviewing an online writing posted days before the shooting that may speak to a motive.

The online posting was believed to be written by Crusius, the sources said, but that has not been confirmed.

El Paso Police Sgt. Robert Gomez said in a news conference Saturday one person is in police custody. He is a white male in his 20s, Gomez said. He was arrested without incident.

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Police began receiving reports of an active shooter around 10 a.m. (noon ET), Gomez said in a brief news conference at the scene. Authorities were initially given multiple possible locations for the shooting, Gomez said, at a Walmart and the Cielo Vista Mall next door.

Local officials, including El Paso Mayor Dee Margo and police spokesman Sgt. Enrique Carrillo, have said there were multiple fatalities in the shooting.

At least 23 people were injured, according to spokesmen for two local hospitals.

Thirteen people were taken to the University Medical Center of El Paso, spokesman Ryan Mielke told CNN, and one of them has died.

Eleven victims were transported to the Del Sol Medical Center, hospital spokesman Victor Guerrero said. Nine of them are in critical but stable condition, he said.

Del Sol Medical Center CEO David Shimp said of those in critical condition, “Those are life-threatening situations.”

“This is a large crime scene, a large area,” Gomez said of the crime scene. “So we are systematically going through it and making sure that anybody in the area — number one, we’re ruling out that no one is a suspect, and we’re also making sure that those people that were separated or hurt are getting the care that they need.”

A family reunification center has been set up at MacArthur Elementary School for families who might have been separated, Gomez said.

Multiple agencies, including the FBI and the local sheriff’s department, have responded to the scene to assist El Paso authorities.

“This was a massacre,” US Rep. Veronica Escobar, who represents the area, told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. Escobar has received conflicting reports on the numbers of casualties, she said, but added, “The numbers are shocking.”

‘You don’t think it could happen here’

Walmart issued a statement regarding the shooting, saying, “We’re in shock over the tragic events at Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso. … We’re praying for the victims, the community & our associates, as well as the first responders.”

Inside the Cielo Vista Mall, crowds hid inside stores after hearing reports of an active shooter, according to 26-year-old Brandon Chavez, an employee at Forever 21.

Chavez had just started his shift when he saw customers and staff members running to the stock room to take shelter.

“There were about 20 children and adults, plus employees, hiding, all cramped like sardines,” he told CNN. “Most of us were desperate, some were on their phones. There were girls crying, people trying to talk to each other and women with babies in their arms.”

Store employees had closed the glass doors but he could see police officers walking around the mall and evacuating people from other stores.

After police officers knocked on the store’s doors, Chavez said his group had to leave the store, forming a line with their hands up and running.

In a shaky Snapchat video aired by CNN, a woman holding the camera frantically runs with a small group of girls or women through a Cielo Vista mall department store and into a parking lot.

As the group hurries past racks of clothes and cases of merchandise, voices off camera shout, “Hands up!”

Once in the parking lot, one member of the group asks, “What happened?”

“I don’t know,” the woman holding the camera responds. “I don’t know.”

Another video, shot from outside the Walmart, showed people lying on the ground, some of them next to a table set up by the store’s entrance.

“There’s a man lying down at the stand that a school set up,” the man holding the camera says in Spanish.

“Help!” a man screams in English.

“We need CPR,” someone else says. “We need CPR.”

Three Walmart employees took refuge at a nearby Landry’s Seafood house, restaurant manager Oscar Collazo told CNN. The women appeared “shook up” but not injured.

Landry’s had already gone on lockdown, he said, but opened its doors when the employees ran there.

“We never thought it would be so close to us this time,” Collazo said. “You see on the news all the time, but you don’t think it could happen here until it does.”

Employees at the nearby Hooters and Red Lobster told CNN they were safe and saw a lot of police, helicopters and people running around outside.

White House pledges ‘total support’

Blood donations are urgently needed, and authorities said if local residents want to help, they should make appointments to do so.

Frances Yepez, waiting in line at one blood donation center, said the center was at max capacity and dozens of people were waiting to make appointments for Sunday or Monday.

“It’s easy to make a dollar, but it’s harder to make a difference,” she said. “So I get out there and do whatever I can do to help.”

She said the mood there was somber, and she could hear sniffling as the crowd of people learned updates over the television.

President Donald Trump has been briefed on the shooting, and the White House is monitoring the situation, Deputy Press Secretary Steven Groves said in a statement.

“Terrible shootings in El Paso, Texas,” the President tweeted Saturday afternoon. “Reports are very bad, many killed. Working with State and Local authorities, and Law Enforcement. Spoke to Governor to pledge total support of Federal Government. God be with you all!”

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, who once represented the area in Congress, addressed the shooting while at a speaking event in Las Vegas.

“We know there is a lot of injury, a lot of suffering in El Paso right now,” he said. “I am incredibly sad and it is very hard to think about this.”

“But I’ll tell you, El Paso is the strongest place in the world,” he added. “This community is going to come together.”

O’Rourke said he would be cutting short his trip to Las Vegas to return to El Paso.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted that the state Department of Public Safety is assisting local law enforcement.

The scene is unfolding in the same week two employees were fatally shot at a Walmart store in Southaven, Mississippi, and three people were shot and killed at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in California.

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Several eye drops and ointment sold at Walgreens and Walmart recalled

(CNN) — If you use eye drops, this might be a good time to check your medicine cabinet.

Several eye drops and ointments exclusively sold at Walmart and Walgreen stores have been recalled because they may not be sterile, the Food and Drug Administration said.

Altaire Pharmaceuticals Inc. issued voluntary recalls for various Equate products, including for allergy relief, solutions, eye drops and gel drops — all manufactured and labeled for Walmart. The company also recalled several Perrigo prescription ointments listed on the FDA website.

“Administration of a nonsterile product intended to be sterile may result in serious and potentially life-threatening infections or death,” the recall says.

Walgreens recall

For Walgreens, Altaire has recalled several over-the-counter and prescription eye drops and ophthalmic ointments, including moisturizing eye drops, sodium chloride ophthalmic ointment, sodium chloride ophthalmic solution and lubricant eye ointment. The products are under the brand name Walgreens.

There have been no reports of effects from using the products, the company said. The complete list of recalled products can be found here.

One person stabbed at Sandy Walmart; police searching for suspect

SANDY, Utah — One person was stabbed at a Walmart in Sandy Thursday, according to Sandy City Police.

The stabbing occurred at the Walmart on 9151 South Quarry Bend around 3:00 p.m., according to Sgt. Jason Nielsen with Sandy City PD.

Nielsen said two juveniles engaged in a physical altercation inside the store when one juvenile pulled out a knife and stabbed the other.

The victim is in serious condition but is expected to survive.

Police are looking for a male in his teens with a white Utah Jazz jersey with the No. 3 on it.

This is a developing story. It will be updated as new information becomes available.

Walmart is getting rid of its blue vests. Here’s what the new ones look like

(Walmart)

Walmart employees’ vests are getting a bold makeover.

The signature blue vests that Walmart employees have worn for years will be replaced with a modern gray look with a neon blue, green or pink trim. Walmart last redesigned its uniforms in 2014.

The company announced the changes Wednesday during its annual shareholders meeting.

The new vests will be made from recycled bottles and have bigger pockets than previous vests.

The vests are “neutral steel gray,” and most associates will wear bright blue trim. Associates at Walmart’s smaller Neighborhood Market stores will wear green trim. Self-checkout hosts at Walmart Supercenters will wear yellow with gray trim. And in the future, Walmart says employees will be able to choose other colors, including pink.

“Our new vests have a modernized style that takes advantage of trim detail and screen printing to introduce color in an eye-catching way,” Walmart said in a release.

The company said the neon color will help customers more easily spot Walmart associates.

Each vest is stitched with a “proud Walmart associate” on the front and a newly colorful “spark” logo on the back.

The larger pockets will let associates “carry all the equipment they need to do their jobs on the sales floor.” Employees will receive the vests later this year for free and will be able to upgrade them with specialized designs or trims for up to $11.

The new vests come a year after the company announced a more relaxed dress code.

Workers can now wear any solid-colored shirt. Walmart added blue to the mix of approved pants colors, making blue jeans work-appropriate attire. Walmart said the response to those changes have been “amazing.”

Also, the new vests ties together Walmart’s new streamlined appearance that’s seen on its refreshed website, store remodels and name.

Walmart is raising the minimum age to buy tobacco to 21

Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, will increase the minimum age to buy tobacco products, marking a big moment in the fight against teen nicotine addiction.

The company announced Wednesday it will stop selling tobacco or e-cigarettes products to anyone under the age of 21 in the United States. The changes will take effect July 1 at all American Walmart and Sam’s Club locations.

The company will also stop selling sweet-flavored e-cigarettes, which have become popular among teenagers.

The policy shift comes after Walmart received a letter from the US Food and Drug Administration for not fully prohibiting kids under 18 from buying tobacco products at its stores. The FDA conducted roughly 13,000 compliance checks since 2010 and said Walmart passed only 93% of them.

“While we have implemented a robust compliance program, we are not satisfied with falling short of our company-wide goal of 100% compliance,” the company wrote. “Even a single sale to a minor is one too many, and we take seriously our responsibilities in this regard.”

In March, the FDA warned several retailers, including Walmart, Kroger and Walgreens, they were violating rules against selling tobacco products to minors. The agency also labeled the use of e-cigarettes by young people as an “epidemic.”

In response, Walgreens said its stores will no longer sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21 starting September 1.

The FDA stipulates tobacco and e-cigarettes may only be sold to people 18 years or older. But several states have raised the age for legal sales to 21, including Illinois, Washington, Hawaii and California.

One in five high school students uses e-cigarettes, according to the surgeon general. Teen e-cigarette usage is soaring: The percentage of high school age children who say they used e-cigarettes in the past 30 days rose by more than 75% between 2017 and 2018, according to the National Youth Tobacco Survey.

In September, the FDA started a campaign to prevent kids from using e-cigarettes. It claims that nicotine use is hazardous to young adults’ health, even when inhaled with an e-cigarette.

The FDA was expected to ban e-cigarettes last year, but it instead pushed for e-cigarettes to be sold only in parts of stores that are closed-off to teenagers.

Walmart Has Two Ice Cream Flavors You Didn’t Know You Needed: Unicorn Sparkle and Nickelodeon Slime

Walmart’s two newest ice cream offerings will cater to people who need a little magic, need a little 90s nostalgia, or just need a sweet treat to beat the summer heat.

Great Value Unicorn Sparkle is comprised of cake-flavored ice cream and a bright purple frosting swirl and confetti pieces.

Unicorn Sparkle hit shelves April 29, and for just $2.97, it’s an easy way to add some magic to your freezer this summer.

But your freezer has room for two ice cream containers right?

Enter Nickelodeon-slime inspired frozen treats, in the form of both ice cream cups and frozen pops.

Nickelodeon Slime ice cream cups have vanilla ice cream with green frosting swirls, harkening back to the days when the green goo seemed to be all over everybody, including Double Dare’s Marc Summers. The slime bars are orange and lemon lime flavored, brightly colored treats that come in packs of 12.

Both the ice cream cups, 12 for $4.97, and the bars, 12 for $2.97, made it to the freezer section April 29.