Allen shooting, Texas Mall: What to Know

Residents and authorities in a suburb of Dallas on Sunday began processing a shooting at a busy mall where police said a gunman killed at least eight people, including children, and injured at least seven others before a police officer killed him.

The shooting occurred Saturday at Allen Premium Outlets in Allen, Texas, about 25 miles north of Dallas, and turned a busy shopping afternoon into chaos.

Here's what we know about what happened.

The shots erupted around 3:30 p.m. local time, police said, as crowds of shoppers filled the outdoor mall, which has more than 120 stores.

A video posted on social media shows a figure dressed in black getting out of a silver car in the parking lot and opening fire.

Authorities have so far not officially named the gunman or offered a motive for the shooting, but a federal law enforcement official on Sunday identified the shooter as Mauricio Garcia, 33.

The gunman may have adhered to white supremacist ideology, according to two law enforcement officials, but it is not yet known whether the shooting was an act of domestic terrorism.

The gunman acted alone, authorities say; a police officer who was at the mall on an unrelated assignment heard the gunshots, rushed to him and killed the gunman.

Police have so far not identified the officer.

Nine people, including the gunman, were pronounced dead, police said.

Of the victims who were hospitalized, three are in critical condition and four are in stable condition. A spokesman for Medical City Healthcare, which treats victims at its three trauma facilities, said the injured ranged in age from 5 to 61 years.

The victims have not been publicly identified.

In a statement on Sunday, President Biden said an unspecified number of children were among those killed.

Geoffrey Keaton was having lunch with his 16 year old daughter at Fatburger in the mall when they heard gunshots.

“I put my baby girl under the table to protect her, and then they just got louder, as if she was there,” said Mr Keaton.

Mr Keaton said the restaurant manager had allowed the customers to hide behind, where they then exited through a back door and ran to their cars.

Live broadcast from local Fox television affiliate showed a number of shoppers being evacuated in an orderly manner from the store.

“It was a bit chaotic for a moment,” said Kaleo Palakiko, 36. “Then when someone said, ‘Shooter,' we all ran to the back of the store.”

Mr Palakiko and his parents hid in the barn for about 45 minutes before they were released by police and walked out with their arms up.

Saturday's attack was the second deadliest shooting this year, following the January 21 Monterey Park, California, massacre, in which a gunman killed 11 people in a ballroom.

According to the Gun Violence Archive, a database of shootings in the United States, there have been 199 “mass shootings”, defined by the archives as shootings of at least four people, in 2023.

Last weekend, a gunman killed five people in Cleveland, Texas, near Houston, after he was asked by neighbors to stop shooting in his driveway. He was caught after several days of hunting.

On Monday, a registered sex offender shot dead six people, including his wife and three children, near Tulsa, Okla., before shooting himself.

On Wednesday, a gunman opened fire at a medical office building in Atlanta, killing one person and wounding four. It also led to a manhunt before the suspect was caught.