Hispanic residents in El Paso, Texas are flocking to gun shops after the deadly mass shooting in the city, The New York Times is reporting.

The man who launched the deadly attack had reportedly targeted Hispanics in his killing spree.

Now, gun shops in El Paso are busy with customers, many of them Hispanic, according to the newspaper.

“It’s basically out of the instinct of not wanting to be a victim,” said Zachary Zuniga, 32, who registered for a shooting course and is planning to purchase his first gun.

“I want to be able to protect my family if people like this are going to come here thinking they can shoot up places where my family and friends go.”

The Guardian reported people were crowded shoulder-to-shoulder in one El Paso gun shop.

“I’m on high alert,” said April Sanchez, who along with her husband was buying her first weapon. “I never thought I’d carry a gun, but now I want something to defend myself, to defend my fellow El Pasoans.”

“This isn’t something I’m proud of,” she added. “It makes me sad and angry that I’m even here. I’m heartbroken, but I’m also afraid.”

And Michael McIntyre, general manager of Gun Central in El Paso. told Reuters his store recorded double the usual number of sales in the week after the attack.

“We actually had two people buy guns here who were actually in the Walmart on the day of the shooting,” he said.


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