Dallas-Fort Worth churches are hosting services Sunday morning to remember the lives of eight people killed in Saturday’s mass shooting at the Allen Premium Outlets as detectives continue to work to identify the dead and determine why a gunman dressed in tactician opened fire on innocent .
As of 9 Sunday morning, police had not identified the gunman, who was also killed, or any of the victims. Seven others were injured; three people were in critical condition, while four people were stable, according to authorities.
All entrances to the mall were blocked on Sunday as detectives continued to examine the crime scene.
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Saturday’s shooting at the Allen Premium Outlets was the 20th mass homicide — four or more people killed in a single incident — in the United States this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive, which tracks shootings across the country. It was one of 199 mass shootings this year, which the Gun Violence Archive defines as four or more people killed or injured, not including the shooter.
Allen’s mass shooting was the second deadliest in the United States this year, following a January 21 shooting at a Monterey Park, California, dance hall that killed 12 people.
Just after 3:30 p.m., Allen police said an officer who was nearby on an unrelated call heard gunfire at the mall in the 800 block of West Stacy Road near US Highway 75.
According to police, the officer “engaged the suspect and neutralized the threat” and then called the emergency services.
The shooter, who according to police acted alone, was one of seven people pronounced dead at the scene. Two others died in hospital.
“Our hearts go out to the people and families affected by this tragic event”, wrote the police in a tweet.
A potential reason for the shooting, which took place on a busy day of shopping in the middle of prom and graduation season, has not been determined.