Allen, Texas mall shooting

Gunman reported to have previous firearm training.


The Texas Tribune

Grieving family and friends at a memorial for the Allen shooting victims.

Chris Restivo, Staff Writer

On Saturday, May 12, the Allen Premium outlets in Texas was targeted in a mass shooting which left eight people dead and seven more injured. Officials have reported that the shooter had previous firearm training and was in possession of eight different firearms.

The shooter was Mauricio Garcia (33), a security guard that had completed level two training in 2017 to work with Champion National Security. Garcia was unemployed at the time of the attack.

Authorities said the shooter had no criminal record and was “not on the radar of police at all,” Hank Sibley, regional director of the North Texas region at the Texas Department of Public Safety, said.

The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms was able to trace the shooter’s eight guns and found that he had purchased them all legally.

In 2008, the shooter was discharged from the military for suspected mental health reasons. This discharge would not be enough to prevent him from purchasing firearms.

Garcia is reported to have “Neo-Nazi ideations,” this being determined by the patches he wore and the tattoos he displayed.

An Allen police officer who was at the mall for additional reasons was able to eliminate the threat in three-to-four minutes, likely saving countless lives. The officer’s name hasn’t been released due to an ongoing investigation.