Texas The mall mass shooter has been named 33-year-old Mauricio Garcia.
Garcia, 33, killed eight people – including children – before shooting himself at Allen Premium Outlets on May 6. Investigators now believe he may have been a white supremacist or neo-Nazi who adhered to extremist ideologies.
The killer fired more than 100 times during his rampage, and had more ammunition and weapons in his car – which he was seen getting out of before the carnage.
Dressed in tactical gear and armed with an AR-15 and a handgun, Garcia opened fire outside an H&M store in Allen, Texas, on Saturday afternoon.
He was eventually killed by a police officer – who was on the scene for an unrelated call, but fled when He heard gunshots outside the H&M.
Garcia There was a security guard, but it is not clear whether he worked at Allen Premium Outlets.
The gunman, Mauricio Garcia, was wearing SWAT gear and had a semi-automatic rifle by his side. He is found lying dead outside another Allen store, a dozen feet away from the H&M store
His gray car is seen parked outside his family’s home in Dallas before the shooting
Dashcam footage shows the moment a gunman opened fire and killed several civilians – as police reportedly hunt for a second gunman believed to have facilitated the attack
A bouquet of flowers is placed in front of the entrance to the Allen Premium Outlets mall in memory of those killed during a mass shooting the day before in Allen, Texas.
It is also believed that Garcia was staying at a motel at the time of the massacre. The police also searched that residence and recovered additional ammunition, WSJ Report.
According to Washington Post, Garcia may have had white supremacist or neo-Nazi beliefs. The band the gunman was wearing on his chest hinted at his ideologies – although no formal motive has been released.
it comes out after the new audio how heroic officer made a frantic phone call Begging his colleagues to join him on the scene, Radio: ‘I need everybody I’ve got.’
The officer bravely ran toward the active shooter—who was armed with 60 rounds and had shot more than a dozen people up to this point—and killed him.
About two minutes after the first call for backup, the cop said: ‘I flagged him down.’ Minutes later, another voice is heard over the radio: ‘We’ve got our victims. I need an ambulance.’
Just an hour after the massacre, the FBI and police raided Garcia’s Dallas home and requested a translator to speak with his family.
Neighbors say they often saw Garcia dressed in a security guard-like uniform, but he was ‘very quiet’ and ‘very unusual’. His gray Dodge Charger, which was seen at the scene, was often parked outside the home.
The assailant, Mauricio Garcia, died at the scene. He was shot by a cop – but he had already opened fire and killed eight people himself
Allen Police Department officers man a mobile command post the day after a gunman shot several people
Mall employees hug each other as they greet each other the day after the shooting at Allen Premium Outlets on May 7, 2023 in Allen, Texas
Nasser Willis and Hannah McBee from Denton come to the mall thinking Nasser has a cousin who was here during the shooting
Dashcam video shows gunman Mauricio Garcia getting out of a car on Saturday afternoon and firing at people on the sidewalk. More than three dozen shots could be heard as the vehicle recording the video left.
Garcia was using an AR-15-style gun during the mass shooting, and was dressed in full tactical SWAT gear.
Allen Fire Chief Jonathan Boyd confirmed that seven people, including the gunman, died at the scene, and that two victims later died at the hospital.
Boyd said in an update on Saturday night that three of the injured were in critical condition and four were in stable condition.
A Dallas-area medical group said it was treating victims as young as five years old.
Investigators confirmed that they believe the shooter, Garcia, was acting alone, but have not yet released a motive for the killings.
Fontaine Peyton, 35, was at H&M when she heard gunshots through her headphones. She said: ‘It was so loud, it sounded like it was right outside.
‘I pray it was not children, but it looked like children,’ he said.
The bodies were covered with white towels, dumped on top of bags on the ground. ‘When I got out to see it it broke me.’
Payton then looked at the dead shooter’s body—the only one not covered, he remembered.
Another witness, Kimberly Blakey, said that she and her 14-year-old daughter were among a crowd of people trying to flee the parking lot after the shooting began.
She said that the bullets rained ‘non-stop’. During this, when he tried to escape, his car was shot.
‘I told my daughter to get down,’ Blakey told CNN. I could hear him praying.’
Another witness, Shelija Ramlal, who was at the Nike store when the violence broke out, said: ‘I had the worst experience before. I was standing in line at a Nike store when all of a sudden people started screaming and running.
The front entrance of a home linked to suspected mall gunman Mauricio Garcia
Police and the FBI are searching the home Saturday night
Shattered glass can be seen on the sidewalk in front of a fashion store in Allen, where a mass shooting occurred shortly after 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 6
‘People at the door saw the man outside with the gun and raised the alarm. All of us in line fell to the floor and crawled for cover, falling on top of each other.
‘I crawled behind the counter. At that moment, I realized that we were directly in the right and felt that I needed to step away from the front.
‘As I looked towards the back of the store, I heard someone say ‘go back, go back’ and everyone started running at that point. An employee opened the back door and let us out. We are standing by the side of the road, trembling, crying and hugging each other.
‘Not knowing where the gunman was or what was happening on the other side it was horrible but I wanted to get out of there so I left the crowd and started flagging down cars to give me a lift.
‘An elderly lady stopped and I jumped up in panic. He started telling me about the gunshots and took me to his car. I left there with a pounding heart.
‘I am grateful for our brave first responders who stopped the shooter and helped get people to safety.’
Mackenzie Bates hugs her mother Rochelle where flowers were left at the shooting scene
Residents return to their vehicles in an attempt to recover the scene