DCR Crime: A Texas gunman opens fire leaves 8 dead.☕☕☕

Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some tea and it involves a gunman killing eight people in Texas.

On Saturday, a gunman opened fire at Allen Premium Outlets, killing at least eight, including children, and injuring at least seven others before being fatally shot by a police officer. The incident became the sixth mass killing in the country this year that occurred in a public location, such as a business.

Mauricio Garcia, a 33 year old Dallas resident, had multiple weapons on him and five additional guns in his car nearby, said people familiar with the investigation who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing probe. Authorities have not released a motive, but a patch on the shooter’s chest said “RWDS,” an initialism that stands for Right Wing Death Squad, according to people familiar with the investigation. The phrase is popular among right wing extremists, neo-Nazis and white supremacists, they said, and while there is still a great deal of evidence to analyze, and authorities have not reached any conclusions yet, investigators are approaching the shooting as a possible hate crime.

The assailant was staying in a Dallas area hotel at the time of the shooting, according to the people familiar with the investigation. Because the gunman is dead, a major focus of investigators is whether anyone knew what he planned to do or helped him in planning it. The gunman’s parents have been cooperating with authorities, these people said. Agents with the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are assisting with the investigation, according to officials.

The shooter also injured at least seven people before a police officer who happened to be at the mall on an unrelated call fatally shot him at about 3:30 p.m., Allen Police Chief Brian Harvey said Saturday. Authorities believe that the gunman acted alone and that there were no further threats, Harvey said during a news briefing.

Six victims were found dead at the scene, and nine people who had been injured were taken to hospitals by the local fire department, Allen Fire Chief Jon Boyd said Saturday. Two of them died at the hospital, police said. The victims being treated at Medical City Healthcare trauma facilities ranged in age from 5 to 61, said Kathleen Beathard, a spokeswoman for the hospital system. At least three people remained in critical condition, according to an update Sunday. One patient was transferred to Medical City Children’s Hospital and was in fair condition, Medical City Healthcare said.

All the stores were closed Sunday at the Allen outlet mall, and police blocked entrances to the center of the sprawling complex. The parking lot in the center of the mall was packed with cars, which shoppers and employees had not been allowed to retrieve by mid-Sunday. Later in the day, the FBI said authorities would be assisting shoppers in reclaiming their vehicles until 9:30 p.m. Sunday night.

On the suburban street where the gunman’s parents live, several of their neighbors described him as a quiet person who didn’t seem to court trouble. “He just seemed to be aloof, kind of disconnected. But he wasn’t threatening,” said Kevin Todd, who lives down the street. One neighbor said that she didn’t know him well but that he would often honk his horn and wave when he drove past. The Garcia family had lived on the street for many years and were well liked, neighbors said, adding that the gunman moved out of his parents home earlier this year.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Attorney General Ken Paxton, all Republicans, were in Allen on Sunday afternoon for a memorial service at Cottonwood Creek Church. Earlier in the day, Abbott told “Fox News Sunday” that his priority in response to mass killings is to address mental health crises, rather than to tighten gun regulations. (Research shows that stricter gun laws could lessen the severity of mass killings and may decrease overall gun violence.) “We’ve got to find a way in this country where we can once again reunite Americans as Americans and come together in one big family and, in that regard, find ways to reduce violence in our country,” Abbott said in the interview. Texas had the most mass killings by gun of any state, with six. This year it has already had three.

Credit: The Washington Post.


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