Allen, Texas mall shooting victims remembered on 1-year anniversary

Allen, Texas mall shooting victims remembered on 1-year anniversaryAllen, Texas mall shooting victims remembered on 1-year anniversary
via FOX 4 Dallas-Fort Worth, WFAA / YouTube
Carl Samson
20 days ago
Community members gathered in Allen, Texas, to reflect and remember the lives lost in the mass shooting that rocked a local mall last year.
Key points:
  • Eight people — including four Asians — died in the shooting at Allen Premium Outlets on May 6, 2023.
  • A year later, community members are still calling for action on gun safety laws, emphasizing the need to protect children and prevent future tragedies.
  • A permanent memorial was installed outside the mall today.
The details:
  • Mauricio Garcia, 33, killed eight and injured seven others in the shooting at Allen Premium Outlets in the 800 block of West Stacy Road near U.S. Highway 75. The incident occurred shortly after 3:30 p.m. on May 6, 2023.
  • A police officer near the scene responded to the gunshots. After minutes of running, he located and fatally shot Garcia, who was later discovered to have harbored deep anti-Asian sentiment.
  • On Sunday, around 70 people gathered for a healing and remembrance event at Green Park. Attendees placed 408 red flags on the ground to represent each loved one they had lost to gun violence in Texas so far this year.
  • Leaders and volunteers emphasized the need for continued advocacy for gun safety laws. State Rep. Mihaela Plesa denounced the epidemic of gun violence and called for action to protect children.
  • Today, a permanent monument honoring the eight victims was unveiled outside Allen Premium Outlets. A city-wide moment of silence was also held at 3:36 p.m., followed by another remembrance event at 6 p.m.
 
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