How Many People Died in Allen Texas Shooting?

March 18, 2024

The victims of the shooting at the Allen Premium Outlets are listed as eight dead, including the shooter. Officials say one of the police officers who responded to the scene on an unrelated call rushed into the mall and "engaged and neutralized the threat."

The gunman, identified as 33-year-old Mauricio Garcia, was killed at the scene, according to authorities. He was armed with an assault-style rifle and had potential extremist links, including social media posts and insignia on his clothes, a senior law enforcement source told CNN.

Shoppers hid inside storerooms and waited for hours as authorities cleared the sprawling shopping center shop by shop. They were allowed to leave after it was deemed safe, but they passed bloody bodies on the ground as they did so.

Several of the survivors were hospitalized, with three in critical condition and four in stable condition, authorities said Sunday. The ages of the wounded range from 5 to 61, a medical release from Allen police said. Two victims died after they were taken to the hospital, the release said.

The FBI is assisting with the investigation, and authorities have not determined whether the attack was targeted. The state Department of Public Safety's regional director said the gunman likely honed in on the location rather than specific groups of people. The shooting is another in a series of massacres at places Americans have long considered safe, from supermarkets to schools and Fourth of July parades. The nation has seen an increasing number of right-wing extremist murders and attacks, fueled by political polarization and hatred speech.

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