Another Threat After Allen Shooter Killed

An Allen police vehicle | Image by City of Allen

An Allen police officer killed a mass shooter at a local mall on Saturday after the shooter killed nine people.

The Allen Police Department (APD) said on Twitter that an officer “on an unrelated call heard gunshots at Allen Premium Outlets” at 3:36 p.m.

“The officer engaged the suspect and neutralized the threat,” the APD said. “He then called for emergency personnel.”

During a Saturday evening press briefing, Allen Police Chief Brian Harvey confirmed the shooter was killed by a police officer.

In a 10:11 p.m. update posted to the City of Allen website, officials confirmed nine casualties in the shooting.

The City said that seven individuals, including the suspect, died at the scene. Nine were taken to local hospitals “where two later succumbed to their injuries.”

Three victims were in critical condition, and four were stable as of this update.

Allen Mayor Ken Fulk pledged support to the victims of the shooting and their families.

“We will wrap our arms around you, and we are here for you,” he said. “We know you are grieving, we are grieving. Rest assured, the nation and the world are also grieving.”

However, Mayor Fulk also commended police and fire departments for their quick response.

“Their thorough training not to hesitate to move toward the threat likely saved more lives today,” he said. “We also want to thank all of our surrounding municipalities and law enforcement agencies for offering their assistance at the scene.”

A spokesperson from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) reportedly told NBC 5 that agents and K-9 officers were working to find ammunition shells in order to begin tracing the firearm, or firearms, used in the shooting.

Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick also released a statement thanking “our brave first responders who were deployed to stop the shooter and investigate this hideous crime.”

“We are thankful for their bravery and courage,” he said.

Shortly after the incident at Allen Premium Outlets, Frisco PD responded to calls at Stonebriar Mall, less than 20 minutes away.

“A short time ago, Frisco PD Officers responded to a report of shots fired at Stonebriar Mall and are currently investigating,” the department announced. “An evacuation of mall is taking place while officers determine exactly what happened.”

Frisco PD later provided an update explaining, “The preliminary investigation has found that prior to the initial report of shots being fired, a large number of teens gathered inside the mall and began running and screaming, causing panic.”

“At this time, there is no evidence to indicate actual gunshots inside the mall, nor are there any known gunshot victims,” the statement concluded.

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