UPDATED AT 5:40PM PACIFIC WITH DETAILS FROM POLICE OFFICIALS.
The first calls on the mass shooting at Cielo Vista Mall came in at 10:39 a.m. local time. During an evening news conference, Police Chief Greg Allen said the death toll had climbed to 20. At least 26 others were injured.
Most of the victims were shot at a Walmart adjacent to the shopping center. The store was said to be filled with families doing back-to-school shopping. A 21-year-old man from the Dallas area was taken into custody shortly after the shooting.
With details trickling in about the shooting in the Texas border town, Fox News said it would offer breaking news coverage throughout the evening.
The cable news net began airing a special live three-hour FOX Report anchored by Jon Scott from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. ET. Then at 9 p.m., Leland Vittert and Anita Vogel will co-anchor the network’s coverage until midnight, preempting regularly scheduled primetime programming. Additionally, FNC correspondents Garrett Tenney and Jeff Paul will be reporting live from the scene in El Paso with contributions from Jacqui Henrich in New York.
NBC News and MSNBC have dispatched a group of anchors and correspondents to cover the story as well, including David Gura, Morgan Chesky, Blayne Alexander, and Miguel Almaguer. NBC additionally planned extensive coverage on Weekend Nightly News and tomorrow on Sunday Today. Earlier today, NBC aired a special report at 3 p.m. ET, anchored by Jose Diaz-Balart.
Over on CNN, Wolf Blitzer anchored the network’s live breaking news coverage throughout the day. CNN did not immediately respond to a request for additional information on its coverage plans.
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