At least nine people were killed and seven were injured in a shooting Saturday at a Texas outlet mall, authorities said.
The shooting occurred at the Allen Premium Outlets near Dallas, where seven people died on the scene while two more were pronounced dead at a hospital, Allen Fire Department Chief Jonathan Boyd said.
The hospitalized victims’ ages range from 5 to 61 years old, officials said.
Allen Police Chief Brian Harvey said the suspected shooter was “neutralized” by a city police officer who was responding to an unrelated call at the mall.
“This is a tragedy. People will be looking for answers,” Allen Police Chief Brian Harvey confirmed during a press briefing. “We’re sorry that those families are experiencing that loss.”
President Joe Biden has been briefed on the shooting, according to a White House official.
“The White House is closely monitoring the situation and is in touch with law enforcement and local officials to offer support,” the official said.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a statement on the shooting, saying he is offering “the full support of the State of Texas to local officials to ensure all needed assistance and resources are swiftly deployed, including DPS officers, Texas Rangers, and investigative resources.”
The shooter was identified Sunday as Mauricio Garcia, who was known to interact with neo-Nazi and white supremacist content online, according to two senior law enforcement officials. Law enforcement officials found him with a right-wing acronym on his chest.
It is not known what the right-wing acronym is.
This is a developing story and will be updated with more information.