Texax Mall Shooter Identified
The man who opened fire Saturday at an outlet mall in Allen, Texas, killing eight people and wounding at least seven others was identified as 33-year-old Mauricio Garcia, the Texas Department of Public Safety said Sunday.
Authorities have not yet zeroed in on a specific motive, but investigators uncovered an extensive social media presence by the gunman, including a possible link to right-wing extremism, a senior law enforcement source familiar with the investigation told CNN.
As the probe continues, another American community is left grieving in the aftermath of another mass shooting at a public place that once felt safe.
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Who is Christian LaCour??
One of the victims in Saturday’s massacre was identified by his family as Christian LaCour.
“Christian was a sweet, caring young man who was loved greatly by our family,” his older sister Brianna Smith shared with CNN.
At least nine people were rushed to trauma facilities, two of whom died, Allen Fire Chief Jonathan Boyd said.
As of Sunday afternoon, four of those patients were being treated at a local medical center, including three in critical condition and one in fair condition, Allen police said. One patient who was transferred to a Level I trauma center was in fair condition, police said. A patient transferred to a children’s hospital was also in fair condition, while the ninth patient was also treated at a local hospital, police said.
Investigators probe possible link to right-wing extremism
Authorities are investigating whether the gunman was motivated by right-wing extremism, a senior law enforcement source familiar with the investigation tells CNN.
This is Jeff Leach, co-author of the 2021 Texas Permitless Carry bill — the #txlege State Rep. who represents #Allen, where 8 people were just killed in a mass shooting.
With all due respect, @leachfortexas, you're a state legislator — & TX needs you to do more than pray. pic.twitter.com/sOJr2DX17A
— Texas Democrats (@texasdemocrats) May 7, 2023