One 25-year-old woman was fatally shot while protecting her newborn son during the El Paso shooting over the weekend. According to AP News, the young mother was local resident Jordan Anchondo. The mom of three was shopping at Walmart for back to school supplies when 21-year-old Patrick Crusius opened fire, killing 20 people and leaving dozens more injured in what's being called an act of "domestic terrorism."
Anchondo's sister, 19-year-old Leta Jamrowski, received the devastating call on Saturday. When Jamrowski spoke to reporters, she was anxiously waiting at the hospital for news about her 2-month-old nephew. The newborn was being treated for multiple broken bones. According to doctors, the position of the breaks indicates his mother fell onto him, most likely after being shot trying to shield him. Anchondo was with her husband, Andre at the time of the attack. When speaking to The Associated Press, Jamrowski had yet to hear from her brother-in-law. Officials told her that if he was alive, he would've most likely been in touch.
My heart is so fucking torn right now. Jordan gave her life protecting her child. I hope you are resting easy in knowing you saved your baby boy.— Benjamin Thompson (@benjaminjamess_) August 4, 2019
I am praying you are in recovery, Andre. My heart goes out to you. All of El Paso is here for you and those beautiful babies. pic.twitter.com/efTALC7I9v
Saturday's shooting was the second mass shooting in a week, following on from an attack at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in California the previous weekend that left three dead. Two children, 6-year-old Stephen Romero, and 13-year-old Keyla Salazer were among the fatalities at the annual gathering that draws crowds of 100,000 people.
Less than 24 hours after the El Paso events, another active shooter began firing into crowds in Dayton, Ohio. Connor Betts killed his own sister before shooting dead a further eight people near Ned Pepper's Bar in the city's Oregon District. Among those killed was 27-year-old Lois Oglesby, a daycare worker and mother of an older daughter and newborn baby, described as someone who loved her kids unconditionally.
Both shootings this weekend left a total of 29 people dead, and dozens more injured. While it's not immediately clear what the motives of the attackers were, police are supposedly looking into reports of white supremacy ties. While communities and families are left reeling by the senseless events, many have taken to social media to implore the government to make stricter gun laws an immediate priority.