Nine people were hospitalized in the wake of an afternoon shooting at an outlet mall in a Dallas suburb on Saturday, police said. An area hospital confirmed that it was treating eight people from the scene, including at least one 5-year-old.
The Allen Police Department said in a tweet that one of its officers heard gunshots at Allen Premium Outlets at 3:36 p.m. while out on an unrelated call, then “engaged the suspect and neutralized the threat.”
“He then called for emergency personnel,” the department said, adding that a multi-agency response helped secure the mall.
In a written statement, Medical City Healthcare, a Dallas-area hospital system, said it was treating eight people between the ages of 5 and 61. Their conditions were unknown and the disposition of the ninth person mentioned by police was not immediately clear.
The Collin County sheriff told the ABC affiliate WFAA that the shooter died at the scene.
A dash cam video posted on social media appears to show a shooter exiting a vehicle on the driver’s side before opening fire in front of the outlet mall.
Several police vehicles, armored trucks and ambulances responded to the scene. Hundreds of people, some with their hands raised, were evacuated from the area and police were seen directing them away from the mall.
The Associated Press quoted Fontayne Payton, 35, who was at H&M when he heard gunfire through the headphones he was wearing. “It was so loud, it sounded like it was right outside,” he said.
Brian Harvey, police chief for the Allen Police Department, said: “I hope it goes without saying that our deepest sympathies are with the families of the victims.”
“This is a tragedy,” Harvey said. “People will be looking for answers. And we’re just sorry that those families are experiencing that loss.”
The Dallas office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms said in a tweet that it was also responding to the active shooter incident.
Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott issued a statement saying he had been in contact with Allen Mayor Ken Fulk and Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw. “Our hearts are with the people of Allen, Texas tonight during this unspeakable tragedy,” the governor said, adding that he had “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.”
U.S. Rep. Keith Self, whose congressional district includes Collin County, the scene of the incident, tweeted that the Allen Police Department was in “full control of the scene.”
“We are devastated by the tragic news of the shootings that took place at the Allen Premium Outlets today. Our prayers are with the victims and their families and all law enforcement on the scene,” Self wrote.
A White House official released a statement saying President Biden had been briefed on the shooting. “The White House is closely monitoring the situation and is in touch with law enforcement and local officials to offer support,” it said.
Allen, with a population of about 109,000 people, is located about 25 miles north of downtown Dallas.
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