ALLEN (CBSNewsTexas.com) — Following the deaths of eight victims who were shot to death at an Allen mall on Saturday, Texas politicians are publicly sharing their grief and frustrations.
Keith Self, the U.S. Representative for Texas’s 3rd congressional district, released a statement shortly after the tragic shooting. The 3rd congressional district includes areas north and northeast of Dallas, including Allen.
“We are devastated by the tragic news of the shootings that occurred today at the Allen Premium Outlets. Our prayers are with the victims, their families and all law enforcement agencies present at the scene. This is an ongoing situation, but Allen PD has the full control of the scene. One shooter is down and there are multiple victims. They are continuing to work to ensure the scene is safe. The public have been asked to stay away from that area as this investigation continues.”
Gov. Greg Abbott said he has been in contact with state and local leaders and has “offered the full support of the State of Texas.”
“Our hearts go out to the people of Allen, Texas tonight during this unspeakable tragedy. I have been in contact with Mayor Fulk and DPS Director McCraw as well as other state and local leaders and have offered the full support of the State of Texas to local officials to ensure all necessary assistance and resources are rapidly deployed, including DPS officers, Texas Rangers, and investigative resources.”
Senator Ted Cruz said his team has been in contact with local officials and has also offered “whatever support is needed to bring about justice and help those in need.”
“Heidi and I are praying for the families of the victims of the horrific shooting at the Allen, Texas mall. We are also praying for the wider Collin County community who are in shock over this tragedy.
My team is in contact with local officials and I have offered all the necessary support to do justice and help those in need. Thank you to the amazing law enforcement who stopped the monster who committed this evil act.”
Other state leaders like Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and Attorney General Ken Paxton also offered their condolences:
Lieutenant Governor Patrick
“Please join me and Jan in mourning the victims of the unspeakable tragedy in Allen. Also join us in praying for the families and friends of the victims along with the residents of Allen. We are grateful for our brave first responders who they have been deployed to stop the killer and investigate this horrific crime. We are grateful for their bravery and bravery.”
Attorney General Paxton
“Pray for Allen, Texas. Pray for these families and law enforcement as they try to apprehend this shooter.”
In a press conference Saturday night, State Representative Jeff Leach said a vigil for the victims would be held Sunday at 5:00 p.m. at Cottonwood Creek Church in Allen. Shortly before, he released the following statement:
“I am deeply saddened by the horrific events that occurred today at the Allen Premium Outlets right in the heart of House District 67, and I pray for the victims and all affected by this horrific tragedy. I have returned to Allen from the Capitol . and I’m on the spot, working with our law enforcement to provide any necessary support. for taking immediate action. I will continue to monitor the situation and keep you informed of information as it becomes available.”
The FBI is now assisting the Allen Police Department with this investigation and is asking anyone with information about the shooting to call 1-800-CALL-FBI.