A mall gunman, who murdered eight, has been identified
A gunman tied to neo-Nazis and white supremacists, murdered eight people and wounded six others during a shooting spree at an outdoor shopping mall in Allen, Texas, police said.
Police identified the shooting suspect as Mauricio Gracia, 33, who worked as a security guard and has no criminal record, according to television stations in the Dallas area.
So far there have been 202 mass shootings in 2023 in the United States, and we are only 128 days into the new year.
Police Officer Zach Horn was on another call at the Allen Premium Outlets when he heard shots fired.
As people fled from the gunfire holding their hands high so they would not be considered the shooter by police who converged on the scene, Horn ran toward it and entered the H&M store in the mall where the gunfire originated.
Horn called for massive backup, engaged the shooter, Mauricio Garcia, and shot him dead within a minute.
Garcia lived in Dallas, 25 miles away from Allen. Police found Nazi memorabilia in the apartment which he rented.
The shooting occurred after the April 28 shooting in Cleveland, Texas, when a gunman killed five people.
The suspected gunman, a Mexican national Francisco Oropesa, was apprehended Tuesday after being charged with five counts of first-degree murder.
The deadly Allen, Texas, shooting also follows the mass murders that took place on May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas at Robb Elementary School.
At least 19 children and two adults were reported to have been killed at the school after an 18-year-old gunman opened fire inside the school. Police later killed the gunman.