A man who claimed that he hurled bottles to distract the El Paso Walmart gunman - and was even honored by the White House for his actions - lied about some of the details and was not a hero after all, authorities said in new reports. A GoFundMe page to raise money for Grant has raised more than $16,000.
Crusius is accused of driving 11 hours from his hometown of Allen, Texas, near Dallas, to El Paso on August 3 and firing at shoppers with an AK47 rifle inside a Walmart store, after which he surrendered to officers who confronted him outside the store.
"The video evidence of the scene does not support [Grant's] assertions", Sgt. Enrique Carillo told KFOX 14 on Tuesday. He said Grant was visible in the footage but did not reveal what his actions were.
'We are not demeaning his reaction which are of basic human instincts but they amount to an act of self-preservation and nothing above that'. The Secret Service says Grant was detained because there was a warrant out for his arrest, but he was released after it was determined that the agency involved would not extradite him. His mother, Minnie Grant, 82, accepted a signed certificate in his place, as the president spoke about Grant's account of what transpired during the shooting.
"I saw him popping people off, so to deter him, I started chucking bottles", he said. When I got hit, it was like somebody put a hand grenade in my back and pulled the pin'. Grant was later praised by President Trump at a White House ceremony for the heroes of El Paso and Dayton shootings. Trump said: "Chris grabbed - listen to this - soda bottles and anything else in front of him, and began hurling them at the gunman, distracting him from the other shoppers and causing the shooter to turn toward Chris and fire at Chris, whereby Chris suffered two serious gunshot wounds". But he is recovering well, and we wish him the best.
A USSS spokesperson confirmed to TIME that a visitor to The White House was arrested on Monday, but would not release the name per protocol.
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