Updated May 8, 2023 - Politics & Policy

What we know about the Texas mall shooting

Two bouquets of flowers and a stuffed animal on the ground in front of a police car at the Allen outlet mall

Photo: Stewart F. House/Getty Images

The man accused of killing eight people and injuring seven others in a shooting at Allen Premium Outlets on Saturday was identified as a 33-year-old who had been living in a motel, per AP.

Driving the news: Authorities identified the suspect as Mauricio Garcia, from Dallas. He was one of seven people who died at the scene. Two others died at the hospital.

  • Police found multiple weapons at the outlet mall in Allen, a city in Collin County and a northern suburb of Dallas. These included an AR-15-style rifle and a handgun, per AP.

The latest: Vigils were held outside the mall and at the Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church on Sunday evening to honor the victims.

  • As Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) joined thousands of people gathered inside the church a group of protesters gathered outside to demand reforms to gun laws.
  • Three people remained in critical condition and four others were in fair condition, including one at Medical City Children's Hospital, hospital officials said Sunday.
  • Officials hadn't identified any of the victims nor given ages, but Medical City Healthcare treated eight of the victims, ranging in age from 5 to 61.
  • Meanwhile, relatives identified Aishwarya Thatikonda and Christian LaCour, who was a security guard at the mall, as victims, per WFAA.

What happened: An Allen police officer responding to an unrelated call at the outlet mall reported hearing gunfire around 3:35pm Saturday. The officer followed the sound and fatally shot the gunman.

  • Videos posted online that appear to have been taken during the shooting show people fleeing in the parking lot as gunshots ring out. One video showed a man get out of a car and start shooting.

What they're saying: Witnesses described chaos and carnage after the shooting. Steven Spainhouer described finding a child under his mother's body.

  • "No one can see what we saw today and not be affected by it," Spainhouer said, per CBS.

Details: Until recently, the alleged gunman had been living with his parents in northeast Dallas. Neighbors told WFAA they often saw Garcia wearing a security uniform.

  • A heavily armed man wearing a security uniform appeared to be among the dead at the outlet mall Saturday.
  • The gunman had a patch on his chest that said "RWDS," an acronym for Right Wing Death Squad — a phrase popular among extremists, including white supremacy groups, per the Washington Post.
  • Sources told WFAA that Garcia had been in the U.S. Army in 2008 but was removed due to mental health concerns.

Of note: The FBI is assisting in the investigation and searched the alleged gunman's parents' home and a motel Saturday.

  • They're asking anyone with video from the scene to upload footage here.

Meanwhile, President Biden ordered U.S. flags to be flown at half-staff until sunset Thursday.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with additional details throughout.

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