Uruguay on Monday announced a warning for its citizens who’re traveling to the USA in the aftermath of two deadly mass shootings.
The foreign ministry of the South American nation told its citizens to exercise extreme caution “against growing indiscriminate violence, mostly for hate crimes … which value more than 250 individuals their lives in the first seven months of the year.”
Due to “the indiscriminate possession of firearms by the population,” travelers are suggested, “to keep away from areas with large concentrations of people like theme parks, shopping centers, art festivals, religious events, food festivals and any sort of cultural or sporting gathering.”
The warning comes two days after a gunman opened fire at an El Paso, Texas, Walmart.
Less than 24 hours later, a minimum of nine individuals had been killed and more than two dozen injured in a Dayton, Ohio, shooting. The two shootings aren’t believed to be linked.
The shooting in El Paso has drawn particular concern from the Hispanic world.
Patrick Wood Crusius, the suspected gunman, drove eight hours from the Dallas-Fort Worth area to El Paso, which sits on the Mexican border and has an excessive concentration of Hispanic folks.
Crusius allegedly wrote a racist, anti-immigrant manifesto earlier than the attack, which described fears of a Latino “invasion.”
Mexican officers have described the shooting as “an act of terrorism against the community of Mexico.”
The shooting is being examined as a hate crime.