A gunman opened fire at a shopping center in Allen, Texas, on Friday, May 5, killing eight people and injuring several others in what authorities are calling a senseless act of violence.
The shooting took place at the Allen Premium Outlets, a popular shopping destination for locals and tourists alike. The suspect, identified as 29-year-old Matthew Richardson, reportedly entered the mall armed with multiple firearms and began shooting indiscriminately.
Police and emergency services responded to the scene within minutes, but the shooter had already caused significant damage. Eight people were killed, and at least 12 others were injured in the attack.
Richardson was eventually apprehended by law enforcement officials after a brief standoff. He was taken into custody and is currently being held on multiple charges, including eight counts of first-degree murder.
The motive behind the shooting remains unclear at this time, but authorities believe that Richardson acted alone. They are urging anyone with information about the incident to come forward and assist with the ongoing investigation.
The shooting has shocked and saddened the local community, with many expressing their condolences to the victims and their families. Allen Mayor Stephen Terrell issued a statement following the incident, saying, “We are heartbroken by this senseless act of violence, and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their loved ones.”
The mall remains closed as law enforcement officials continue to process the scene and gather evidence. Counseling services have been made available for anyone impacted by the tragedy.