At least nine people were shot and killed by a gunman who opened fire Saturday afternoon at the Allen Premium Outlets in Allen, Texas, a suburb of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, authorities said. The suspect in the shooting is dead, officials said.
“There are several injuries,” Texas Rep. Keith Self said in a statement, but no fatalities have yet been confirmed by law enforcement.
At a press conference Saturday night, Allen Police Chief Brian Harvey said the officer was on an unrelated call at approximately 3:36 p.m. local time when he heard gunshots, responded and “neutralized” the shooting suspect.
“He heard the shots, went to the shots, engaged the suspect and neutralized the suspect,” Harvey said.
The Collin County Sheriff’s Office also confirmed CBS Texas that the scene was secured and that the shooter was dead.
Nine victims were transported by paramedics to local hospitals, Allen Fire Chief Jonathan Boyd said. He did not confirm their terms.
“There may have been others transported in private vehicles, but those are the ones we know about,” Boyd said.
Janet St. James, a spokeswoman for Medical City Healthcare, told CBS News that eight victims, ranging in age from 5 to 61, were admitted to its trauma center. She also did not confirm their terms.
Video placed on social networks recorded the sound of gunfire and panic among people in the shopping center.
“We were at Johnson & Murphy buying shoes and we heard about 10 pops,” one man told CBS Texas. “And I looked at the customer next to me and said, ‘Was that a shooting?’ And we all said, “No, we don’t think so.” We ran forward when we heard 20 more explosions. And opposite was a guy, next to Francesca, in a fully equipped machine gun, who was just shooting at people.”
“We saw bodies going down,” the woman said.
A White House spokesman confirmed to CBS News that President Biden has been briefed on the shooting and is monitoring the situation.
In a statement, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said he “offered the full support of the State of Texas to local authorities to ensure the rapid deployment of all necessary assistance and resources, including DPS personnel, Texas Rangers and investigative resources.”