A mum caught in the El Paso Walmart mass shooting died while shielding her two-month-old son.
Jordan Anchondo, 25, has been identified as one of the fatalities from Saturday’s attack in which 20 people were killed.
The mum was reportedly shopping for back-to-school supplies when a gunman stormed the store and opened fire with an AK-47 rifle on Saturday afternoon. Jordan’s sister, Leta Jamrowski, said the mother fell on the child as she was shot, shielding him from the gunfire.
Leta, 19, said, as per The Sun:
From the baby’s injuries, they said that more than likely my sister was trying to shield him.
So, when she got shot she was holding him and she fell on him, so that’s why he broke some of his bones.
He pretty much lived because she gave her life.
Leta says she now fears her brother-in-law Andre Anchondo was also among the dead because she hasn’t heard from him since.
The couple lived in El Paso and had just celebrated their first wedding anniversary last week, according to their Facebook profiles.
They share two daughters, as well as their two-month-old son who is receiving treatment in hospital.
The shooter has been named by US media as 21-year-old Patrick Crusius.
Just 20 minutes before the mass shooting, which is the eighth deadliest in US history, Crusius allegedly uploaded an anti-immigrant manifesto to an online forum outlining his motives and revealing he planned to target Hispanics.
CCTV images said to be of the gunman have since been broadcast on US media, showing a man wearing a dark t-shirt and ear protectors while holding an assault-style rifle.
Less than 24 hours later, another shooter opened fire in Ohio, killing at least 10 people.
The tragic killings in Ohio are believed to have taken place in the Oregon District, downtown Dayton, just after 1am local time.
Initial reports suggest 24 people have also been injured in the senseless shootings.
Our thoughts are with all those affected by these heinous attacks.
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Emma Rosemurgey is an NCTJ trained Journalist who started her career by producing The Royal Rosemurgey newspaper in 2004, which kept her family up to date with the goings on of her sleepy north east village. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston and started her career in regional newspapers before joining Tyla (formerly Pretty 52) in 2017, and progressing onto UNILAD in 2019.