Officials said an officer found the shooter and “neutralized” them. Authorities have not yet identified the suspect.
By: Scripps News Staff
At least eight people were killed after gunfire prompted a police response at a Texas outlet mall in Allen, officials say.
The Allen Police Department says that seven people were found deceased on the scene, including the shooter; nine were taken to the hospital, and two of those have died. The total number of fatalities is nine, including the shooter.
Medical City Healthcare tells Scripps News that they received several victims from the shooting, ranging in ages from 5 to 61, and currently being treated at their trauma facilities. Police say three of the victims are currently in critical condition, and four in stable condition.
Authorities said that around 3:36 p.m. on Saturday, an officer was on an unrelated call and heard gunshots at the Allen Premium Outlets.
Officials confirmed that the officer found the shooter and “neutralized” them. Authorities have not yet identified the suspect.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a statement following the shooting.
“Our hearts are with the people of Allen, Texas tonight during this unspeakable tragedy,” said Abbott. “I have been in contact with Mayor Fulk and DPS Director McCraw as well as other state and local leaders and offered the full support of the State of Texas to local officials to ensure all needed assistance and resources are swiftly deployed, including DPS officers, Texas Rangers, and investigative resources.”
There will be a Vigil Sunday and is taking place at Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church in Allen, TX.
Allen is a suburb about 25 miles north of downtown Dallas.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.
Reposted with permission from WCPO 9 Cincinnati.