According to a Pentagon statement, the man suspected of the deadly mass shooting in a Texas outlet mall, Mauricio Garcia, had been “terminated” from the U.S. Army after three months of entry training due to physical or mental conditions. The statement came after a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation claimed that Garcia had been expelled from the military for mental health reasons.
Garcia, who was engaged by a police officer and killed after the attack, had attempted to join the Army in 2008, but he did not make it past the basic entrance period. An Army official confirmed that Garcia was discharged under the 2005 edition of Army Regulation 635-200, paragraph 5-17, which pertains to other designated physical or mental conditions.
A spokesperson for the U.S. Army, Heather J. Hagan, confirmed that Garcia was not awarded any military occupational specialty during his brief stint and had no deployments or awards. However, Hagan declined to disclose whether Garcia was discharged under honorable circumstances.
The issue of the Allen mall shooter’s potential motive has been a contentious topic since there are alleged signs that the Hispanic man was a “white supremacist” with neo-Nazi beliefs.
In the man’s alleged social media posts, he showed off ostensibly fresh tattoos of Nazi symbols and the symbol for the city of Dallas.
Why are the Allen mall shooter's tattoos so damn fresh?
A Hispanic man with recent tattoos of Nazi symbols and the city of Dallas? This just doesn't add up. pic.twitter.com/ovGWR4QFNx
— Kyle Becker (@kylenabecker) May 8, 2023
Aric Toler, a researcher for Bellingcat, a think thank that has frequently contracted with U.K. and U.S. intelligence agencies, laid out in a Twitter thread the alleged Texas mall shooter’s Russian OK profile, which had virtually no views before it was discovered.
His YouTube account: (now terminated)
The Allen shooter was obviously a white supremacist / neo-Nazi. He was basically announcing that he was going to do a mass shooting for months beforehand, and planned his target weeks in advance.
(The neck tattoo mugshot guy is a different person with the same name)
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The Allen mall shooter’s alleged “white supremacist” ideology will undoubtedly fuel more mainstream speculation about the Hispanic man’s ties to “right wing” influencers. When a trans activist commits a heinous murder of Christian children, however, Americans are not allowed to see a “manifesto” that might show us more about the motive.
Everything has become political; and indeed, that may be part of the problem fueling mass shootings.
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