Every weekend, the Allen Shopping Center in Texas is crowded, and the Allen Premium Outlets in the shopping center are crowded.
The outlet discount store in the Allen Center is the most popular store for local Chinese, and many Chinese faces can be seen in the store.
On May 6, 2023, the picture of harmony in Otley Seri was drowned out by the volley of gunfire and screams,Chinese people in the shop to sweep goods, gunmen into the shop.
Chinese are keen on sudden execution-style shootings in shopping malls,
The outlet mall on Saturday is always busy, many local Chinese in the discount store to spend time,it was a sleepy afternoon and a lazy atmosphere filled the Allen Mall in Texas.
At this time, a car slowly stopped at the door of H & M beside Oteles,
He walked slowly down the cab, carrying an AR-15 self-propelled rifle.
According to a traffic cam video provided by a netizen,as soon as the gunman got out of the car, he started shooting at the outlet.
The video shows the gunman in what appears to be a full SWAT team uniform with a bulletproof vest wrapped around his upper body,it definitely seems to have come prepared.Video The vehicle reverses as soon as it hears gunshots,trying to leave the mall that was about to become a blood red hell.
At 4: 30 p.m. on May 6, shots were fired.
The gunman, armed with an automatic rifle, fired indiscriminately at unsuspecting shoppers.
The gunshots were continuous and concentrated, and every gunshot made the customers in the mall tremble physically and mentally.
Several unresponsive customers fell in a pool of blood in an instant,
as can be seen from the subsequent aerial footage,the H & M store has three dead bodies lying in front of the door, surrounded by schoolbags.
Shoppers inside the mall who heard the gunfire hesitated for a moment before responding to the sound of gunfire,chaos swept through the Allen Center, driving out the languid atmosphere of a few seconds ago,the people fled in panic and did not dare to turn their heads,the sound of gunfire behind him did not stop, like a shepherd’s whip, threatening the crowd to flee.
Outside the mall, the thoughts in people’s minds were only two words—run for your life.
On the narrow sidewalk, hundreds of shoppers buried their heads in the rush,people wish they could run faster,so as not to be caught by the bullets behind you.
The police then rushed to the scene and stepped into the mall where the atmosphere of terror overflowed.
By this time, the gunman had entered the mall and searched the mall for the target of the killing.
The police first organized the crowd to evacuate the scene,as you can see from the aerial footage of the scene,crowds of people holding their heads in their hands and evacuating around the mall.
The door of the outlet is basically evacuated people,this includes many Chinese.
On the street next to the shopping center, evacuees were so thick that they almost filled the entire road,anxiously, panicked, shuttled between police cars and fire trucks.
The evacuation is almost complete, and I’m afraid the only people left in the store are the hot sellers.
The Allen Center has nearly 100 stores,the shooter could be lurking in any of the stores.
As the search progressed, an officer faintly heard gunfire in the distance.
The officer was allegedly on the phone with someone when he heard gunshots,he judged that the gunfire came from the H & M store,he responded immediately and rushed to the scene as he sought help from his colleagues.
In one video, the officer can be heard shouting,“I need everyone I find.”
After arriving at the scene, unsurprisingly, the gunman was found.
But the gunman showed no sign of surrendering to the police. He turned his gun on the officers who came to the scene,instead of a fierce gunfight.
Eventually, the gunman was shot dead by officers.
Images from the scene show the gunman heavily armed and wearing a bulletproof vest,shot in the head by police.
On the evening of May 6, police confirmed that there was only one shooter,the threat to the mall was then removed.The shooting killed nine people,the victims ranged in age from 5 to 61,seven others were injured, three of them in critical condition.
The youngest of the dead was only 5 years old!!
Witnesses recall images of panic,
The hero saves the day.
Elaine Penicaro was shopping with her daughter at the shopping center,and a gunshot breaks the harmonious picture of mother and daughter.
Penicaro said,“We were outside the Converse store when we suddenly heard some bursts, and a second later we stopped and saw ‘pop’ and sparks splashing like they were in front of us.”
Kimberly Blakey also took her young daughter shopping in Oteris,
she said that when she fled with her daughter,two bullets through the door,“My daughter and I were there when shooting started and people were running for their lives and my car was hit by two bullets. Thankfully, people are okay.”
Another witness said his sister worked in the emergency room,she said she had never seen such a bloody scene in her career,an 11-year-old girl died at the scene.
“There was an 11-year-old girl who died on the spot. I saw at least six other people dead and wounded.”
The gunman is understood to have fired at least 100 shots at the scene,causing chaos at the mall.
Max Weiss was just 18 years old and was working in a shopping center at the time.
He said the gunfire lasted for more than three minutes, and the gunman almost didn’t stop until he killed everyone.
After hearing someone yell, “There’s a shooter,”he and the rest of the store’s employees locked the front door and took refuge in a storage room.
“There was a mixture of tension, anxiety and fear,” he said.
After hiding for about two hours, police stormed the store and rescued them.
Payton, 35, was shopping inside the H & M store,he said that after the shots rang out, the clerk quickly took him and the rest of the customers into the fitting room and locked it.
When they were freed, he saw “a broken window of the shop and blood on the door,”the ground was littered with discarded sandals and bloodstained clothing.
He said he went to the door and saw several bodies lying in a pool of blood,“I prayed it wasn’t a child, but the body looked like a child and there were some school bags and scattered things around the body. I was devastated.”
A Chinese friend also witnessed the shooting,she wrote in the Little Red Book,“A day after it happened, I had the courage to face what I had experienced yesterday.”
At noon, she and her husband went shopping at the Allen Center, she recalled.
Because of the hot weather, she felt she was “going to heat stroke” and went to the car parked in front of H & M to rest.
Soon after, she woke up exhausted in the gunshot, suddenly excited,the vehicle in front backed out and her husband “quickly followed behind, put his foot on the gas and ran away.”
As the vehicle turned, she took a look to the right,“Saw wearing a black, holding a blunt gun in front of the HM grass kept filling the gun. I don’t know if it’s the soil or the gun. Every time I shoot, I smoke. I was so scared I didn’t even hold my phone and fell under the seat.”
“I got under the passenger seat, and the gunfire went on for a minute or two, 40 or 50 shots. We did not dare to move, I do not know where the hot runner is, but I know it must not be far from us. I feel like it was the scariest minute or two of my life.”
In the end, the Chinese friend left the scene safely.
She is still in shock when she remembers what happened on May 6,“Last night was also spent in panic and fear. Think back to the scene, if I ink again, we are face to face with the sought-after.”
Among the hasty fleeing crowd, there was a retrograde figure,he was a father named Spainhouer.His son, who works for H & M, heard the gunshot,he immediately went against the crowd to rescue his children.
Arriving at the scene of the shooting, he found a girl hiding in bushes with her hands over her head.
He pulled the girl out, ready to take her away from the scene,
it turned out that the girl’s face was broken.
“I pulled her aside and her face was gone.”The girl was Spainhouer’s first victim,”(she) is a young girl.”
He then approached H&M while looking for other survivors.Soon after, he found a child who was still alive.
He pulled the child from under a corpse,the body was found to be the child’s mother.
“I turned his mother over and he came out.”The mother used her body to protect the child in the hail of bullets,the child who was pulled out immediately cried,“My mom’s hurt! My mom’s hurt!”But it was clear to everyone that his mother would never wake up.
Spainhouer, who had studied first aid, did not leave after the police confirmed the all-clear,stay on the scene to help rescue workers with first aid.
He tried to save another man who had been shot,but the other side was injured, and he was ultimately unable to recover.He fought back tears and said,“It’s hard when you see a family that’s out shopping and having fun disappear from the world because of a shooting.”
Gunman's identity revealed，
Police cordoned off his home
According to NBC,police later released the identity of the gunman.
The shooter was identified as Mauricio Garcia, 33.Garcia is a family name that has been spreading rapidly in America in recent years,mostly Hispanic.
Police also raided a home in Dallas,it is believed to be the home of the gunman, 30 miles (42.3 kilometers) from the site of the crime.Police say the gunman lived under the same roof as his family，he quiet Individual who loves to wear various safety uniforms in daily life.
His gray Dodge always parked in front of the house.But neither he nor his car had allegedly been seen around the house in recent weeks.
Currently, the police need to communicate with his family through an interpreter.So far, the police still do not know the motive of the gunman.
It was the 199th mass shooting in the United States this year,the public’s call for a gun ban is rising again.
One tragedy after another, the number of tragedies caused by the proliferation of guns in the United States,the social reasons behind it have even become commonplace,major interest groups colluded to profit from each other, resulting in the gun ban bill can not be implemented.I don’t know when this mess will end,when will the safety of the people be guaranteed?
“American shooting,” this once very attractive entry now let a person see hemp,it can be seen that gradually, the problem of shootings has penetrated into American society, and even become the norm.
On May 6, a shooting at an outlet store beloved by Chinese,resulting in nine deaths and seven injuries,the youngest victim was 5 years old.
Witnesses said the killer fired at least 100 more shots,the shooting lasted three minutes,some Chinese witnesses said they were afraid to recall the scene that day.
A hero father goes upstream to save his son,but on the way to see the hell scene,tears stream down his face as he recalls.
It is hoped that the United States will solve the gun problem as soon as possible and return a safe living environment to the American people.