“This individual is a terrorist,” Mexican Foreign Minister, Marcelo Ebrard, said at a news conference on Sunday, adding that prompt legal action will be taken.
“What happened is unacceptable and… the first legal actions that the Mexican government will take will be announced,” said Ebrard, adding the president had instructed him to take “efficient, prompt, expeditious and forceful legal actions for Mexico.”
Ebrard, who did not specify in which court the complaint will be lodged, said his ministry would request information from the United States on how the shooter acquired the weapon he used,and whether US officials were aware of the purchase.
“The fact that Mexicans have lost their lives, forces us to take the corresponding legal actions with respect to arms,” he said.
Mexican President, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, said that Mexico would push to make sure that authorities would be held accountable.
Mexico’s deputy foreign minister for North America, Jesus Seade, decried the shooting as “xenophobic barbarism” and called for an end to rhetoric that incites such acts.
Media sources identified the suspected terrorist as 21-year-old Patrick Crusius, claiming he is a Trump supporter who has shown “no remorse” and “no regrets” for his act of terrorism.
Crusius turned himself in without incident after the shooting on Saturday, according to a law enforcement official.
Less than 20 minutes before the shooting, Crusius is said to have published a manifesto on 8chan, a notorious internet forum.
In his manifesto, Crusius described his attack as “a response to the Hispanic invasion.”
He also wrote an astonishingly direct echo of Trump’s rhetoric.
The manifesto directs the phrase “send them back” at Latino Americans.