This Photograph Appear on the El Paso Mall Shooter’s Twitter

This Photograph Appear on the El Paso Mall Shooter’s Twitter

On August 3, 2019, twenty people were reported killed and more than two dozen others were injured in a mass shooting at an El Paso shopping center. Early news reports indicated that a 21-year-old man named Patrick Crusius had been arrested in connection with the shooting.

Shortly thereafter, social media users circulated photos showing the word “Trump” spoken by various firearms along with claims that the image appeared on the suspect’s Twitter account (as something he had posted or shared):

Uncertainty about the identity of the suspect, whose social media account (if any) may actually have been tied to him, and the possibility of a quick deletion from the account makes this claim difficult to verify immediately. The picture was not actually made by the perpetrators of the shooting before, because it had been online for more than two years before the incident.

Initial reporting shows that the suspect’s Twitter account was deleted after the shooting, but prior to deletion the account did not include posting, and “only one photo” was a profile picture and not a picture of a firearm set to spell “Trump”: