El Paso

El Paso shooting survivor discusses loss of 15-year-old nephew in tragedy

Survivor speaks out

EL PASO, Texas - A survivor of last weekend’s mass shooting in El Paso says his 15-year-old nephew was fatally shot as they tried taking cover in the Walmart store.

Octavio Ramiro Lizarde said at a news conference on Tuesday that he was standing in line to open a bank account when he heard gunshots. He was shot in the foot during Saturday’s attack, which left 22 people dead.

Lizarde says he tried hiding with his nephew, Javier Rodriguez, in a manager’s back room. But he says the gunman must have heard them and fired.

“The shooter came, I guess he heard us. He shot him,” Lizarde said.

Lizarde is still undergoing treatment. He was scheduled to undergo complex orthopedic surgery later Tuesday as the next step in his recovery.

Five other shooting survivors remain hospitalized with him at Del Sol Medical Center, including one in critical condition. Other victims are hospitalized elsewhere.

You can watch the entire news conference in the video player below.


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