Fox News, NBC Ramp Up Coverage In Wake Of El Paso Shooting

Mandatory Credit: Photo by IVAN PIERRE AGUIRRE/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock (10353526d) Police stand at attention during a shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, USA, 03 August 2019. According to reports, at least one person was killed and at least 18 people injured and transported to local hospitals. One suspect is in custody. Shooting at Walmart in El Paso, Texas, USA - 03 Aug 2019
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As law enforcement officials investigate today’s deadly shooting at a shopping mall in El Paso, Texas; Fox News and NBC News are planning extensive live coverage.

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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