The first reports of a shooting emerged at about 11:00 local time (18:00 GMT).
Police said the Walmart was "at capacity" with shoppers buying back-to-school supplies at the time of the attack.
He said the suspect was a white male in his 20s. No officers had fired their weapons in apprehending him, he added.
Twitter's summary of events:
- The Associated Press says hospitals are treating 22 victims
- Texas AG Ken Paxton says there are "between probably 15 and 20 deaths"
- El Paso police say a white male in his 20s is in custody
- Situation is no longer active and is transitioning to a crime scene
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