A gunman opened fire at a crowded mall outside Dallas on Saturday, killing ten people reportedly and injuring at least seven before being killed by police.
The sudden shooting turned a busy afternoon of shopping into a tragic scene. The incident has sent people acrose not only country but the world in grief. The attack that took place on Saturday at Allen Premium Outlets, left dead bodies and blood strains on sidewalks outside the mall.
BREAKING: A mass shooting has taken place at the Allen Premium Outlets mall in Allen, Texas.— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) May 6, 2023
– Multiple victims, which include children.
– The Shooter has been confirmed to be dead.
– The Allen Police Department, has put out the following statement: “Law… pic.twitter.com/JQbYlsuisp
In a video taken by someone outside the mall that is being circulated on social media showed what appeared to be multiple dead people.
Texas allows its residents to legally carry guns without a license or training.
A witness told local ABC affiliate WFAA TV: “He pretty much was walking down the sidewalk just … shooting his gun outside. He was just shooting his gun everywhere for the most part.”
HORRIFIC: A gunman shot multiple people today at an outlet mall in the Dallas suburb of Allen, Texas, killing an unknown number and sending hundreds of shoppers fleeing in panic in the latest gun violence to strike the country.— Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) May 7, 2023
Witnesses report that they saw multiple victims,… pic.twitter.com/1t9gRrVIZb
Calling the shooting an “unspeakable tragedy”, the Texas governor, Greg Abbott said in a written statement that the state was prepared to provide any assistance local authorities in Allen may need. Allen is a Texas community of about 100,000 people.
Texans own among the most guns per capita of any state. If more guns and fewer laws made Texas safer, it would be the safest state with declining rates of gun violence, but it has high rates of gun suicide and homicide, and is home to four of the 10 deadliest mass shootings. pic.twitter.com/doVe6WbRM9— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) April 29, 2023
Mass shootings have become commonplace in the US, with at least 198 so far in 2023, the most at this point in the year since at least 2016, according to the Gun Violence Archive.