At least nine people are dead, including the gunman, and several others were injured in a mass shooting at a mall outside of Dallas, according to local police.
The Allen Fire Department transported nine people to area hospitals, Allen Fire Department Chief Jonathan Boyd said. Seven people died on scene at the Allen Premium Outlets and two others were pronounced dead at the hospital, Boyd said Saturday evening. Three other victims were in critical condition.
Witnesses told The Associated Press they saw children among the victims, though further details about the victims have not yet been released.
“Our deepest sympathies are with the families of the victims,” Allen Police Chief Brian E. Harvey said at a news conference. “This is a tragedy. People will be looking for answers. And we just, we’re sorry that those families are experiencing that loss.”
Harvey added that an officer was responding to an unrelated call at Allen Premium Outlets when he heard the gunshots and “neutralized” the shooter. Authorities said they believe the gunman acted alone.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) has been in contact with state and local officials to offer “the full support of the State of Texas” and “ensure all needed assistance and resources are swiftly deployed.”
“Our hearts are with the people of Allen, Texas tonight during this unspeakable tragedy,” Abbott added in a statement.
Rep. Keith Self (R-Texas), whose district includes Allen, said on Twitter that he was “devastated by the tragic news” of the shooting.
“Our prayers are with the victims and their families and all law enforcement on the scene,” Self wrote.
Sen. John Cornyn said he was “grieving with the Allen community” after the incident.
“Heidi and I are praying for the families of the victims of the horrific mall shooting in Allen, Texas,” Sen. Ted Cruz said on Twitter, referring to his wife. “We pray also for the broader Collin County community that’s in shock from this tragedy.”
Allen Mayor Ken Fulk said in a statement he’s received calls from both Abbot and the White House.
White House officials confirmed that President Biden had been briefed on the shooting and was closely monitoring the situation and in touch with local officials to offer support.
This tragic shooting has left the citizens of Allen, Texas in shock and mourning, as families of the victims grieve the loss of their loved ones. This mass shooting is yet another reminder of the need for increased gun control and mental health resources in our country. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families.