O'Rourke cancels Nevada campaign events after El Paso Walmart shooting

Former Rep. Beto O’RourkeBeto O’RourkeBiden will help close out Texas Democrats’ virtual convention: report O’Rourke on Texas reopening: ‘Dangerous, dumb and weak’ Parties gear up for battle over Texas state House MORE (D-Texas) canceled Saturday and Monday presidential campaign stops in Nevada to go back to his hometown after a shooting that resulted in multiple fatalities at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas.

“Beto O’Rourke has cancelled his scheduled events in Nevada and California and will immediately return home following a tragic shooting in El Paso, Texas,” his campaign said in a statement. 

After learning of the shooting, O’Rourke, who represented El Paso in Congress, delivered a statement on the incident. 

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“I’m 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 said. “I’m going back there right now to be with my family and to be with my hometown.”

On Twitter, O’Rourke went on to say he was “devastated” by what happened in El Paso.

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“Our strength is with the families who are grieving. Our thanks to EPPD. Our commitment is with those who will change this country so that this doesn’t happen again,” he continued. “This beautiful amazing courageous community will overcome.”

A police source told local news station KTSM that 18 people were killed. The El Paso Police Department confirmed to the outlet that there were multiple fatalities but did not say how many. 

Police said one person was in custody and that there were not thought be other suspects. 

O’Rourke is among more than two dozen people running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

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