At least 8 killed, 7 wounded in shooting at Texas outlet mall

By Maureen Chowdhury, Mike Hayes and Matt Meyer, CNN

Updated 5:32 p.m. ET, May 16, 2023
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3:33 p.m. ET, May 7, 2023

Suspected gunman had received firearms training as a security guard

From CNN's Yahya Abou-Ghazala, Bob Ortega and Curt Devine

Mauricio Garcia — the 33-year-old who has been identified as the gunman in the Allen, Texas, outlet mall shooting, according to a senior law enforcement source — received firearms training for part of his work as a security officer, according to an official database.

Garcia was approved to work as a commissioned security guard in Texas from April 2016 until April 2020, when his license expired, according to the Texas Online Private Security database, maintained by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

His profile shows he worked for at least three security companies. None of those companies immediately responded to requests for comment. 

According to the database, Garcia received Level II  and Level III security training. The former covers security laws in Texas; the latter, which is required for all commissioned security officers in Texas, includes firearm training and the demonstration of firearm proficiency, according to Jonah Nathan, vice president of Ranger Guard, a security guard service in Texas not affiliated with Garcia’s employers.

In 2018, Garcia also completed a separate firearms proficiency training course, which requires six hours of continuing education, according to the Texas DPS database. 

Private security guards in Texas undergo background checks and are disqualified if they have committed certain crimes, such as assault, burglary or sexual offenses, among others, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety website and state codes.

They are also disqualified if they have been dishonorably discharged from the US military; have been found incompetent by a court of law; or have been required to register as a sex offender. It’s unclear why Garcia’s license expired.

A police officer killed the gunman outside the outlet mall after he carried out the massacre Saturday, according to the Allen police chief. The shooting left at least least eight people dead and seven others wounded.

3:50 p.m. ET, May 7, 2023

NHL’s Dallas Stars cancel watch party due to recent shooting in Allen, Texas 

From CNN's Homero DeLaFuente

The National Hockey League’s Dallas Stars have canceled Sunday’s playoff game watch party "out of respect for the victims" of the mall shooting in Allen, Texas. 

“We are beyond heartbroken over yesterday’s shooting within our community in Allen. We are at a loss for words. Our hearts are with the victims, their families and our community,” the Stars said in a statement on Sunday.

“Out of respect for the victims, families and community of Allen, tonight’s Game 3 Watch Party on PNC Plaza has been cancelled.”

Eight people were killed and at least seven others wounded when a gunman opened fire at an Allen, Texas, outlet mall Saturday afternoon, according to local officials.

3:22 p.m. ET, May 7, 2023

Multiple people wounded in Texas mass shooting are being treated at local hospitals, police say

From CNN's Michelle Watson  

At least four patients injured in Saturday's mass shooting in Allen, Texas, are being treated at Medical City McKinney hospital near the Dallas suburb, police said in a news release Sunday.

One patient is in fair condition while the other three are in critical condition, the Allen Police Department said

Allen Fire Chief Jonathan Boyd said Saturday that at least nine shooting victims went to area hospitals after the shooting, two of whom succumbed to their injuries.

One wounded individual was transferred to Medical City Plano and is in fair condition, according to the Sunday release. Another individual was sent to Medical City Children’s Hospital and is in fair condition, the police department said.

The age of the patient sent to Medical City Children’s Hospital has not been released, but officials have earlier said that the victims ranged in age from 5 to 61.

The seventh surviving patient “was treated at a different area hospital," the release added.  

The shooting left at least eight people dead, according to local officials, and a police officer also killed the gunman outside the mall.

3:18 p.m. ET, May 7, 2023

Allen outlet mall shooter identified as 33-year-old man, senior law enforcement source tells CNN

From CNN's Josh Campbell and Ed Lavandera

The gunman in Saturday's mass shooting in Allen, Texas, has been identified as Mauricio Garcia, 33, a senior law enforcement source familiar with the investigation tells CNN's Josh Campbell. 

In addition to the AR-15 style weapon found near him, Garcia had at least one other weapon on him when he was fatally shot in front of the mall, the source tells CNN. Police also found multiple weapons in his car.

CNN talked with neighbors who witnessed FBI and police at a home with an address matching that of Garcia's parents Saturday night. Authorities arrived there about an hour after the shooting and blocked off the street for several hours, neighbors told CNN's Ed Lavandera

Garcia had been living in some form of temporary housing, according to the senior law enforcement source. The Dallas Morning News reports the suspect had been staying in an extended-stay hotel in Dallas.

2:35 p.m. ET, May 7, 2023

Gunman used AR-15 style weapon in Allen massacre, Biden says

From CNN’s Josh Campbell

The gunman who killed eight people at an Allen, Texas, outlet mall used an AR-15 style weapon, President Joe Biden said in a statement Sunday.

"Yesterday, an assailant in tactical gear armed with an AR-15 style assault weapon gunned down innocent people in a shopping mall," according to the president's statement. Biden also offered condolences to the victims and their families.

As previously reported, a photo from the scene obtained by CNN showed the suspected gunman dead on the ground near an AR-15 style rifle, armed with several extra magazines on his body. 

2:25 p.m. ET, May 7, 2023

"We're living in a Texas nightmare": Uvalde lawmaker calls for stricter gun laws

From CNN's Josh Campbell and Jack Forrest

Texas state Sen. Roland Gutierrez speaks during a news conference in Austin, Texas, on January 24.
Texas state Sen. Roland Gutierrez speaks during a news conference in Austin, Texas, on January 24. Brandon Bell/Getty Images

A Texas state senator whose district includes Uvalde blasted inaction on gun control by the state's Republican leadership in the wake of Saturday's mass shooting in Allen, calling it a “Texas nightmare.”

"It's a nightmare that they created. It's a chaos that they created," Democratic state Sen. Roland Gutierrez told CNN’s Jake Tapper Sunday.

“This is happening in your communities, and it can happen anywhere in the United States. And, certainly, it's happening a tremendous amount in Texas, where Republican leaders have just allowed people to run free with AR-15s and any gun that they can get their hands on,” Gutierrez said.

On Saturday, Gutierrez had tweeted: “There is a special place in hell for people who watch all this happen and choose to do nothing,” along with the hashtag: “#bloodontheirhands.”

Gutierrez has been outspoken in the wake of the deadly mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, which left 19 students and two teachers dead.

CNN's Ed Lavandera, Elizabeth Wolfe and Sharif Paget contributed to this report.

2:16 p.m. ET, May 7, 2023

FBI asks Texas mall shooting witnesses for video evidence

From CNN's Josh Campbell 

The FBI is asking witnesses who have digital evidence from Saturday's outlet mall shooting to submit information to an online portal created in the wake of the mass shooting. 

The Texas Department of Public Safety is the lead agency in the shooting investigation, the FBI told CNN Sunday.

The bureau confirmed it "was present at two locations in Dallas," and is helping state and local police by "devoting all available resources to include investigative, intelligence, digital forensics, and victim services personnel among others."

Allen is a suburb of Dallas located about 25 miles north of the city.

Officials have released little information about their investigation into the massacre — including any potential motive. The shooting left at least eight people dead and seven more wounded.

4:29 p.m. ET, May 7, 2023

Biden again urges Congress to pass legislation to curb gun violence following mall shooting

From CNN's Sam Fossum and Jasmine Wright

President Joe Biden in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, on April 20.
President Joe Biden in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, on April 20. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/FILE

President Joe Biden again urged Congress to pass legislation banning assault weapons and enacting universal background checks in a statement reacting to the mass shooting in Allen, Texas.

The president's statement also lists children among those killed. CNN has not independently confirmed whether children were among the dead, but CNN did report young children were being treated at the hospital.

"Too many families have empty chairs at their dinner tables. Republican Members of Congress cannot continue to meet this epidemic with a shrug. Tweeted thoughts and prayers are not enough," Biden said in a written statement Sunday morning. 

"Once again I ask Congress to send me a bill banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Enacting universal background checks. Requiring safe storage. Ending immunity for gun manufacturers. I will sign it immediately. We need nothing less to keep our streets safe," he added.

Biden said yesterday's violence "is too shocking to be so familiar." 

He also said he is grateful for the first responders on the scene, and that he has directed federal agencies to provide support to local officials as needed. 

Biden ordered flags at the White House and other federal buildings to half-staff to honor the victims through May 11. 

News of the shooting emerged yesterday evening as Biden headed to church. As he left the church, he told reporters who asked about the shooting that he was "unaware" of the situation. The President was later briefed that night when he returned to the White House. 

11:27 a.m. ET, May 7, 2023

Homeland security secretary says he spoke with Texas officials after Allen mass shooting

From CNN's Jasmine Wright

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas says he has spoken to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Allen Mayor Ken Fulk after Saturday's deadly shooting outside an outlet mall.

“Another horrific tragedy in our country,” he said during an interview on CBS’ "Face the Nation" Sunday. “I spoke with the governor last night as well as the mayor, the matter is still under investigation.”

Mayorkas declined to provide information about the shooter.

“I think it's under investigation. The state and local authorities are leading that investigation,” he said.