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Police ID Texas mall shooting suspect

Shoppers evacuate after a shooting Saturday at a mall in Allen, Texas. Associated Press/Photo by LM Otero

Police ID Texas mall shooting suspect

Authorities said Mauricio Garcia, 33, lived in a motel near the mall in Allen, Texas, where he opened fire on shoppers on Saturday. Police were searching his room and another residence for clues as to why Garcia attacked Allen Premium Outlets, a large outdoor shopping center in the Dallas area. Eight victims died in the shooting, and another seven are in the hospital with injuries. A local police officer was nearby when the shooting started. He heard the shots and responded, eventually shooting and killing the suspect.

How did the shooting unfold? A private vehicle’s dashcam caught the moment the shooter got out of a vehicle with a semiautomatic rifle and started firing at people on the sidewalk. Shoppers described chaos as they fled into stores and hid in storage rooms. Once given the all-clear, they passed by bodies as they evacuated. “I pray it wasn’t kids, but it looked like kids,” mall employee Fontayne Payton said.

Dig deeper: Read Kim Henderson’s report in WORLD Magazine on the aftermath of a mass shooting at a Christian school in Nashville, Tenn.

Lynde Langdon

Lynde is WORLD’s executive editor for news. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri–St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kan.


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