“A gunman killed eight people and wounded seven others – three critically – in a shooting at a Dallas-area mall before being fatally shot by a police officer who happened to be nearby. Authorities on Saturday did not immediately provide details about the victims in Allen, Texas, but witnesses reported seeing children among them. Some say they also saw what appeared to be a police officer and a mall security guard unconscious on the ground. The shooting that sent hundreds of shoppers fleeing in panic was the latest episode of gun violence to strike the country.”
“Mass killings are happening with staggering frequency in the United States this year: an average of about one per week, according to a database maintained by The Associated Press and USA Today in partnership with Northeastern University.”
“Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who has signed laws easing firearms restrictions following past mass shootings, called the mall shooting an “unspeakable tragedy.” – the marker, it seems, for this year is immense pressure in blue cities within red States, to force more gun legislation. Note also that many of these cities and immediately surrounding areas have realized recent massive influx of people fleeing from California and NY.
‘When they were given the all-clear to leave, Payton saw the store had broken windows and a trail of blood to the door. Discarded sandals and bloodied clothes lay nearby.
‘Once outside, Payton saw bodies.
“I pray it wasn’t kids, but it looked like kids,” he said. The bodies were covered in white towels, slumped over bags on the ground. “It broke me when I walked out to see that.”
‘Further away, he saw the body of a heavyset man wearing all black. He assumed it was the shooter, Payton said, because unlike the other bodies it had not been covered.”
For reference as to locations (incomplete, as Nashville isn’t even listed) Every mass shooting in the US – a visual database | US news | The Guardian
8 killed in Texas mall shooting, gunman also dead
A gunman killed eight people and wounded seven others – three critically – in a shooting at a Dallas-area mall before being fatally shot by a police officer who happened to be nearby, authorities said Saturday. (6 May 2023)
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