The United States’ second deadliest shooting of the year happened at Allen Mall, Texas, a crowded mall in the affluent Dallas suburb of Allen, which killed eight people, including two school-going children. The shooter was identified as Mauricio Garcia, 33. The resources claim that Mauricio previously served in US Army and was terminated due to health issues. Law enforcement sources stated that the shooter, who was killed by a police officer, used an AR-15-style weapon to carry out the massacre. The Riffel and other guns were legally purchased. It is also believed that Mauricio purchased weapons from a private seller, which doesn’t require a federal background check.
Army spokesperson Heather Hagan said that Garcia was terminated in 2008 after three months of service in the US Army and had not completed the basic training. He was dismissed for being physically unfit. Sources also claim that the shooter gathered the weapons with time, and he had not gone for weapons purchase before the massacre. It is also said the shooter wore badges bemlieved to be associated with extremist groups.
The emblem found on the dead shooter was shown weeks before in a picture posted on account of the Russian Social Media channel Odnoklassniki, which is considered to belong to Garcia. The shooter uploaded photos of the mall, his weapons, and writings promoting Nazi idealogy weeks before the massacre. The posts included the image of a shirtless man with large tattoos of the swastika and firearms. The identity of the shirtless man with tattoos is unclear, whether it is Mauricio or someone else. The posts reveal disturbing facts about the shooter, yet security officials do not feel utterly aware of Garcia’s background and are digging to know more about him.
The Unbearable Loss Shooting Caused
The shooting at the mall is unfortunate, as people feel safe in America’s schools, supermarkets, parks, and parades. Two Elementary school students were among the victims killed in the mass shooting in the Taxes Mall. According to the letter sent to district parents, the two sisters, Daniela Mendoza, a fourth-grade student, and Sofia Mendoza, a second-grade, were killed in the massacre.
A part of the letter said the mother of two girls is hospitalized and in critical condition. The note also stated, “Words cannot express the sadness we feel as we grieve the loss of our students. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Mendoza family, the victims’ families, and all those affected by this senseless tragedy.”
Aishwarya Thatikonda, 27, was another victim of the brutal tragedy, and she was visiting the mall with a friend. She lived nearby McKinney but belonged to India, and her parents are in deep grief after the unexpected loss. A Thatikonda family’s representative said they want her body in India and have visited government offices to gather information. Christian LaCour, 20, was also among the mall shooting victims, and he was a guard at the mall and a charming guy. Her sister expressed LaCour was a decent and loving guy in the family.
Resources confirmed Monday that a Korean American couple, Cho Kyu Song, 37, his wife, Kang Shin Young, 35, and their child were killed in the shooting tragedy. After the horrific massacre at Taxes Mall, their six-year-old son is the only surviving member of this family. The Allen mass shooting is considered the second deadliest event in the year in America after the shooting at Californian Monterey Park. According to reports, around 202 people have been killed in different shooting events around the US current year.