A mass shooting at the Allen Premium Outlets, a popular outdoor mall located in a suburb north of Dallas, Texas, claimed the lives of nine people and injured at least seven others.
The alleged shooter has now been identified as 33-year-old Mauricio Garcia, who was also killed during a confrontation with law enforcement officials.
#Breaking multiple sources tell me the Allen Outlet mall shooter’s name is Mauricio Garcia. He was 33. A house that was raided in Dallas overnight was his parents. Sources tell me he was living in a motel. He had no serious criminal record and was working as a security guard pic.twitter.com/tTk138GmxM
— J.D. Miles (@jdmiles11) May 7, 2023
“Multiple sources tell me the Allen Outlet mall shooter’s name is Mauricio Garcia,” CBS News reporter JD Miles tweeted. “He was 33. A house that was raided in Dallas overnight was his parents. Sources tell me he was living in a motel. He had no serious criminal record and was working as a security guard.”
According to authorities, the hospitalized victims’ ages ranged from 5 to 61 years old. The shooting was reported to law enforcement officials at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, prompting a response from multiple agencies to the scene.
The motive behind the shooting remains unknown, and authorities have not released any information about the victims’ identities. There is no confirmation about whether Garcia was an illegal immigrant or not.
As reported by NBC News: “Garcia had a tactical vest and was armed with a rifle of some kind as well as a handgun, one of the senior law enforcement officials said. More weapons and ammunition was found in his car, the source said.”
Video has surfaced of the alleged shooter after he was shot and killed by a police officer. The uncensored version can be viewed here. (Caution: Graphic.)
In the uncensored video, one can see the suspect was dressed in black from head to two, but wearing Converse sneakers. He had multiple magazines on his person and a rifle laid by his side.
As can be heard from dashcam video, the weapon(s) used was an automatic rifle or one modified to shoot at a higher rate of fire.
🚨#UPDATE: Here’s what we know about the deadly mass shooting
– Took place in the parking lot of the Outlet mall in Allen, Texas
– the shooter suspect arrived in car, stopped at H&M Got out and immediately opened fire
– 'Pile of bodies including children' in front of H&M sign…
— R A W S A L E R T S (@rawsalerts) May 6, 2023
There also appear to be false or misleading reports about the suspect(s) being “black” and shouting epithets about the victims. The graphic video, however, appears to be authentic, but filmed in the aftermath.
Although details of the incident are still emerging, local news station WFAA has reported that children were among those killed and injured. Eyewitnesses said that they saw several bodies covered in sheets when they were given permission to leave the stores where they had been hiding.
Police Chief Brian Harvey confirmed the fatalities but did not provide a specific death toll, saying that officials “do not have an accurate count” at this time. The criminal investigation is ongoing.
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