NEWS: Blink-182 placed on lockdown during El Paso, Texas shooting!

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Some difficult news has come from the city of El Paso, Texas, where the latest mass shooting in the United States has tragically claimed the lives of several people.

Texas governor Greg Abbott has confirmed that 20 people have been killed in the incident, and according to other reports it is believed that at least a further 22 people, including children, are being treated at local hospitals for serious and even life-threatening injuries.

The first reports of the shooting emerged at approximately 10:00 local time (16:00 GMT) yesterday (August 3rd 2019) from the Walmart store near the Cielo Vista Mall.

Reports from US media state that a suspect is in custody, identified as 21-year-old Patrick Crusius, and that he is believed to be the sole shooter.

Blink-182 bassist/vocalist Mark Hoppus has said on Twitter that the band had been placed on lockdown during the incident, stating that they were en route to the Cielo Vista Mall before they were notified of the events that were at the time ongoing, and then immediately returned to their hotel where they were placed on a secure lockdown.

Here’s what Hoppus had to say about the incident and his perspective of the events as and when they occurred.

The local police department have since confirmed via Twitter that there are no further threats in the city related to this incident.

We here at DEAD PRESS! offer our deepest sympathies and condolences to those effected by the tragic events that have unfolded in El Paso, Texas.