When witnesses reported seeing a man shooting randomly at onlookers, hundreds of people had to be evacuated from the mall in the city of Allen.
Police claim that they believe the shooter acted alone and that they shot the man dead.
There are reportedly children among the victims. Three patients are seriously ill, and at least seven receive medical care.
According to Jonathan Boyd, the fire chief for Allen, seven victims, including the shooter, were declared dead at the site, and two more passed away in the hospital.
According to Brian Harvey, the police chief of Allen, an officer “heard gunshots, went to the gunshots, engaged the suspect, and neutralized the suspect.”
A representative for the hospital stated that the victims’ ages ranged from 5 to 51.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott called the massacre an “unspeakable tragedy” and declared that his state was prepared to help the local authorities in any way possible.
As they gather evidence, US authorities request that members of the public with video from the incident contact the FBI.
Other eyewitnesses said the shooter was black and wore military gear. Laying next to the gunman’s body in video captured after his death was an AR-15-style rifle.
One witness stated, “I heard about ten pops go off, then ten to fifteen more shots – we see this guy dressed all in black, a vest, just shooting at people. We just got to the back of the store.”
In the scene’s video, people scrambled for shelter across a parking lot as shots were fired repeatedly.
Allen is a 20-mile (32-kilometer) drive north of Dallas’s city center, with around 105,000 residents.
Most Texas residents who are 21 or older are permitted to carry a firearm without a permit, barring any prior offenses. The ownership of rifles and shotguns is also not subject to many limitations. Republicans govern Texas’ state legislature.
The Gun Violence Archive estimates that there have been at least 198 mass shootings in the US this year in which four or more people have been killed or injured. It’s been at least 2016 since there have been more at this stage of the year.
Fontayne Payton, one of the mall’s eyewitnesses, told the AP news agency that he heard gunshots over his headphones while shopping at H&M.
He spoke of seeing bodies outdoors after patrons were let to exit the mall.
8 people were murdered and 3 are in critical condition after a mass shooting at an outlet mall in Allen, Texas. The shooter was shot and killed. pic.twitter.com/NqdOacAfo0
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Despite looking like children, he said, “I pray it wasn’t kids.” “Seeing that when I came outside broke me.”
Ken Fulk, the mayor of Allen, referred to it as “a tragic day” for the city. He wrote on the city’s website: “Allen is a proud and safe city, making today’s senseless act of violence even more shocking.”
I do want to praise our fire and police departments for their prompt action, though. More lives today may have been saved because of their comprehensive training to approach the situation without hesitation.
Senator John Cornyn of Texas posted on Twitter that he was “grieving with the Allen community” and commended “all of those involved in responding to this afternoon’s horrific incident” for their swift action.