Gunman kills eight people in Texas before being shot

Firearms once again mourn the United States. A shooter opened fire at a Dallas, Texas-area shopping mall on Saturday, killing eight people before being shot himself, authorities said.

“(We) found seven deceased individuals at the scene. We transported nine individuals to the hospital (…) Of those we transported, two have since died, ”said Jonathan Boyd, fire chief of Allen, a city located in northeast Texas where the incident took place. shooting. The killings sparked panic at the Allen Premium Outlets, a sprawling shopping center filled with many shoppers who came there to do their weekend shopping.

A policeman on the spot during the shootings

A policeman, who was off duty, was in the mall on another case when shots rang out around 3:30 p.m. The officer “heard gunshots, drove to the scene of gunshots, confronted the suspect and incapacitated” the individual, local police chief Brian Harvey said. He immediately called for help.

The identity of the shooter has not been released. His body was found dead when police reinforcements arrived, along with those of six other people. Among the injured transported to nearby hospitals, “three are undergoing emergency surgery and four” are in stable condition, according to the fire chief. Janet St. James, spokeswoman for Medical City Healthcare, which operates several trauma centers in North Texas, said she saw eight patients who were victims of the shooting, ages 5 to 61, according to NBC News.

The suspect “acted alone”

Local authorities praised the action of the police officer who shot the shooter. “We owe a debt (…) to the first responders who rushed (to the scene) of the shots and acted quickly to neutralize the threat”, thus declared Keith Self, Republican representative from Texas, whose constituency includes the town of Allen.

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Video footage released by CNN shows the shooter getting out of a sedan in the mall parking lot and opening fire. There was initially talk of a possible second shooter, authorities said, but Brian Harvey said police believe the incapacitated suspect, whose identity is not yet known, “acted alone”. The shooter was wearing tactical gear, according to CNN.

The Gun Violence Archive site has already recorded this year in the United States more than 195 mass killings, that is to say where four or more people were injured or killed.

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