Baby shielded by mum as both parents shot dead in El Paso massacre

A two-month-old baby boy has been orphaned after both her parents were shot dead in Texas when a gunman opened fire at a shopping area, killing 20 people.

Jordan Anchondo, 25, was apparently shielding her young son in a crowded El Paso shopping area when she was shot to death at Walmart, her 19-year-old sister Leta Jamrowski said.

She was killed alongside her husband Andre Anchondo as they shopped for back-to-school supplies on Saturday, CNN reported.

Jordan Anchondo may have shielded her baby as she was shot to death. Source: Instagram

The teen rushed to the University Medical Center of El Paso, where her two-month-old nephew was being treated for broken bones — the result of his mother’s fall.

“From the baby’s injuries, they said that more than likely my sister was trying to shield him,” she told AP.

“So when she got shot she was holding him and she fell on him, so that’s why he broke some of his bones. So he pretty much lived because she gave her life.”

Ms Anchondo was the mother of three children.

Leta Jamrowski spent the night desperately awaiting word of whether her brother-in-law had survived the attack that also wounded more than two dozen.

Andre Anchondo was also killed in the shootings. Source: Facebook

“They said that if he were alive, more than likely he would have gotten in contact by now,” Jamrowski said.

On Monday, CNN reported that Mr Anchondo had also been killed in the shooting.

In the hospital lobby, Mexican consular officials tracked the wounded and missing.

El Paso in West Texas has about 680,000 residents and sits across the border from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, in the state of Chihuahua.

The suspected shooter has been identified as 21-year-old Patrick Crusius.

Police believe Crusius acted alone, however, investigations are ongoing.

The shooter who opened fire at a shopping mall in El Paso, Texas. Source: KTSM

“From this shooter, we have 20 confirmed fatalities and we have 26 wounded,” El Paso police chief Greg Allen said.

Three Mexicans killed in shooting

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said three Mexicans were killed in the shooting. He tweeted Saturday that he sends “condolences to the families of the victims, both American and Mexican.”

Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said six Mexicans also were wounded in the shooting, including 45-year-old Mario de Alba Montes, 44-year-old Olivia Mariscal Rodríguez and 10-year-old Erika de Alba Mariscal.

Mr Ebrard says the man and woman are from Chihuahua. He said the other three wounded Mexicans, whose names weren’t given, were two men and a woman from Torreón, in Coahuila state, and Ciudad Juarez.

Customs and Border Patrol police on the scene at the El Paso mall where a shooter killed 20 people and injured 26. Source: Getty

Beto O’Rourke, a Democratic presidential candidate and an El Paso native, held a news conference on a street corner opposite the hospital as the sun set, recounting his visit with wounded victims, including a woman who had a bullet pass through her lungs.

“I told them that I am so amazed at how strong they are,” the former US congressman said.

Ryan Mielke, a spokesman for University Medical Center of El Paso, said 13 people were brought to the hospital with injuries, including one who died. Two of the injured were children who were being transferred to El Paso Children’s Hospital, he said.

Eleven other victims were being treated at Del Sol Medical Center, hospital spokesman Victor Guerrero said. Those victims’ ages ranged from 35 to 82, he said.

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