Title: Eight Killed in Texas Mall Shooting, Gunman Fatally Shot by Police
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Authorities have reported a tragic incident at a Dallas-area outlet mall on Saturday, where a gunman opened fire, resulting in the death of eight individuals and leaving seven others injured, three of whom are in critical condition.
The assailant was subsequently killed by a police officer who happened to be nearby, according to law enforcement officials.
The suspect has been identified as 33-year-old Mauricio Garcia.
Not much is known about him at this point.
After stepping out of a silver sedan wearing tactical gear, Garcia initiated the rampage, prompting immediate action from a nearby police officer who responded to the gunfire and fatally shot the gunman.
At the scene, investigators recovered an AR-15 style rifle, and it was revealed that Garcia had been staying at a nearby motel.
The outlet mall, once a bustling shopping center, has transformed into a somber memorial site, with a large cross draped in the Texas flag standing at the entrance of the Premium Outlets in Allen, Texas.
Mourners have been paying their respects by leaving flowers and stuffed animals in honor of the victims.
Tragically, witnesses report that children were among those killed and injured during the shooting.
The incident has reignited the ongoing debate surrounding gun control in the United States.
President Biden expressed his stance on Twitter, stating, “Once again, Congress must send me a bill banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and enacting universal background checks requiring safe storage and immunity for gun manufacturers.” Other lawmakers, including California Governor Gavin Newsom, have also weighed in on the issue.
As the community grapples with this devastating event, a vigil at a nearby church is being scheduled for later to offer solace and support to those affected by the tragedy.
This is a developing story, and further updates regarding the investigation and community response are expected in the coming days.