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Suspect In El Paso Attack On Suicide Watch

Google, Facebook and Twitter will join the FBI and state lawmakers for discussions this week on combatting hateful ideologies, domestic terrorism and cybersecurity threats.

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A woman places an offering at a memorial for the victims of the mass shooting in El Paso.

The 21-year-old suspect in the Aug. 3 mass shooting in El Paso that killed 22 people has been placed on suicide watch in jail.

El Paso County sheriff’s spokeswoman Christina Acosta confirmed Monday that Patrick Crusius is on suicide watch in the El Paso County jail. She said the watch was determined by medical staff, but she declined to elaborate citing privacy requirements.

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This undated file image provided by the FBI shows Patrick Crusius.

Crusius is held without bond on a capital murder charge. El Paso police say he has confessed to opening fire on back-to-school shoppers at an El Paso Walmart. Authorities also say Crusius confessed to targeting Mexicans during the attack.

The investigation of an online rant has attributed Crusius comments about a “Hispanic invasion of Texas” and theories of non-white immigrants replacing whites.

Additionally, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is bringing Google, Facebook and Twitter to the table in the wake of the mass shooting. He announced Monday that the tech giants will join the FBI and state lawmakers for discussions this week on combatting “hateful ideologies,” domestic terrorism and cybersecurity threats. Abbott spokesman John Wittman said the companies were invited to offer insights.

Abbott called for cracking down on internet sites used by violent extremists after the shooting in the mostly Latino border city.

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