A gunman opened fire on Saturday (May 6) at a Dallas, Texas-area mall, killing at least eight people and injuring seven others, before being shot dead. The shooting took place at the Allen Premium Outlets, a sprawling mall in the town of Allen.
“[We] found seven deceased individuals at the scene. We transported nine individuals to the hospital (…). Of those we transported, two have since died,” Allen Fire Chief Jonathan Boyd said.
A policeman was in the mall on another case when shots rang out around 3:30 p.m. (10:30 p.m. in Paris), local police chief Brian Harvey said, adding that the officer had "neutralized the suspicious ".
An "Unspeakable Tragedy"
Initially there was talk of a possible second shooter, according to a CNN witness, 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 the news channel.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott lamented an "unspeakable tragedy." With more guns than people, the United States has the highest gun death rate of any developed country. An increasing number with 49,000 deaths in 2021, compared to 45,000 in 2020. The Gun Violence Archive site has already recorded 199 mass killings this year in the United States, that is to say where four or more people have been killed. injured or killed.