EL PASO, TX (KTSM) — A 27-year-old El Paso man accused of pointing a gun at migrants and causing them to flee for safety said he was “doing this for America,” according to court documents. received by KTSM.
Steven Driscoll’s arrest affidavit states that several witnesses saw him drive past an area that was blocked off for migrants and where a city bus provided shelter near the Greyhound bus station in downtown El Paso. Driscoll was seen turning around, exiting the truck and approaching the blocked area before pointing a gun at several migrants.
The “migrant witness” told investigators that he and a friend saw a man with a gun at his side approach the blocked area and followed him to see him draw his gun.
The migrants started shouting to warn others that there was a man with a gun.
A migrant who was in the blocked area said the man pointed the gun at others and then at him. The man said he feared for his life, adding that he had seen videos of the mass shootings and thought “this is the end of my life.”
Another witness said he saw the migrants running away from the militant.
Police say Driscoll pointed a gun at the migrants about two hours earlier near Sacred Heart Church in South El Paso.
Around 10:30 p.m. on December 31, 911 was called to report a suspicious man stalking migrants near the church.
According to court documents, the same caller went to the area near the Greyhound bus station to warn migrants that the man was harassing migrants near the church, which is about a mile from the church.
Arriving police officers were unable to find the suspect’s car after the first report. However, the suspect allegedly returned to the area just after midnight and police found the suspect’s vehicle, a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado truck with New Mexico license plates, near the Greyhound bus station on Santa Fe Street in downtown El Paso.
Driscoll allegedly left when the police asked him to get out of the car. The police gave chase, but a mechanical problem forced them to stop chasing the truck.
Investigators traced the New Mexico license plate on the suspect’s truck to the registered owner, Driscoll’s uncle. Upon arriving at the owner’s home, Driscoll allegedly left the house, told the officers that he knew why they were there, and said that his uncle had loaned him a truck for work.
Inside the Silverado, police found a .22 rifle, as well as 12 9mm shell casings, an unknown caliber case, three 9mm rounds, four unmarked rounds, and one orange FRAM oil filter.
The document does not say whether investigators found the gun.
Driscoll is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon; avoiding arrest and/or detention in a motor vehicle; and hooliganism. He also faces federal charges for criminal possession of a firearm.
Records show the FBI was brought in to investigate on Jan. 1, after they were contacted by the El Paso Police Department.
According to a federal affidavit obtained by KTSM, Driscoll was able to purchase a Savage Model 64 rifle in .22 caliber at a gun show despite being convicted in June of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and assault on a family/household member with difficulty respiration / circulation. 2018.
Court documents say Driscoll admitted to authorities that he knew he was banned from owning firearms due to his previous convictions, so he fled El Paso cops during a downtown traffic stop.
Driscoll remains behind bars in the El Paso County Jail on $80,000 bail.