7 May 2023

Texas Shooting: At Least 8 Killed, 7 Injured

Dallas: A gunman shot and killed eight people and wounded at least seven others at a busy mall north of Dallas in the state of Texas on Saturday, police said.

The gunman, whom authorities said they think acted alone and whose motive was not yet known, was killed by a police officer after he began firing outside of the Allen Premium Outlets mall in the city of Allen, Texas, the city's police chief Brian Harvey said at a press conference.

Allen fire department chief Jon Boyd told the same press conference that his department took at least nine victims with gunshot wounds to area hospitals.

Hundreds of people were evacuated from the mall in the city of Allen, as eyewitnesses described a man firing indiscriminately at passers-by. Police said they shot the gunman dead and believe he acted alone.

3 of the injured are critical

Some of the victims are reported to be children. At least seven people are being treated in hospital, three of whom are critically ill.

A police officer "heard gunshots, went to the gunshots, engaged the suspect and neutralised the suspect", Allen Police Chief Brian Harvey said.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott described the shooting as an "unspeakable tragedy" and said the state was ready to offer any assistance to local authorities.

US police have asked members of the public with video captured at the scene to contact the FBI, as they collect evidence.

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