8 Victims, Gunman Dead at Mall Near Dallas

Seven more are hospitalized in Allen, Texas
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 6, 2023 8:30 PM CDT
Updated May 7, 2023 5:13 AM CDT
Dallas-Area Mall Sees Fatal Mass Shooting
In this frame grab from video provided by WFAA, people are evacuated from Allen Premium Outlets, Saturday, May 6, 2023, in Allen, Texas.   (WFAA via AP)

The nation's latest mass shooting took place Saturday afternoon at a shopping mall near Dallas. At least nine people are dead in Allen, Texas, including the shooter, reports the Washington Post. Another seven are hospitalized. Details:

  • Where: The shooting took place at an outlet mall, Allen Premium Outlets, about 3:30pm, per the AP. Allen is a suburb of Dallas.
  • Victims: Police have not provided details about those shot, but one trauma facility said it was treating victims ranging in age from 5 to 61. It was not clear if that included some of the deceased. One witness tells the AP of seeing bodies covered in white towels as he left the scene. “I pray it wasn’t kids, but it looked like kids,” said Fontayne Payton, 35.

  • Shooter killed: An Allen police officer near the scene on an unrelated call heard the gunshots, then engaged and "neutralized" the shooter, says the Allen Police Department, per WFAA. Witnesses say that the shooter appeared to be clad in black and that he began shooting after stepping out of a silver sedan. Allen police chief Brian Harvey says he is believed to have acted alone. The gunman has not been identified.
  • The scene: Videos on social media, including this one, show shoppers running through the mall parking lot as gunshots sound. The New York Times describes Allen Premium Outlets as an outdoor mall with about 120 stores.
  • Biden briefed: The White House says President Biden has been briefed on the shooting. Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott released a statement saying that "our hearts are with the people of Allen, Texas, tonight during this unspeakable tragedy."
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