The Tragic Event
The Allen Outlet mall shooting on August 8, 2015, was a tragic event that shook the community to its core. The incident left two people dead and one injured. The shooting occurred around 10:40 am on a Saturday morning at the Allen Premium Outlets, which is a popular shopping destination for locals and tourists alike. The shooter, Christopher Andrew Gibson, 22, opened fire in the parking lot, killing two people and injuring one before taking his own life.
Several eyewitnesses were present at the scene of the shooting and provided first-hand accounts of what happened. One witness, who wished to remain anonymous, described the chaos that ensued after the gunfire erupted. “People were screaming and running in all directions. It was like something out of a movie,” the witness said.
Another witness, who was in a nearby store at the time of the shooting, said she heard the gunshots and immediately ran towards the back of the store with several other customers. “We were all huddled together, praying that the shooter wouldn’t come into the store,” the witness said.
The Allen Police Department responded to the shooting within minutes and quickly secured the area. They also initiated a search for the shooter, who was found dead in his car in the mall parking lot. The police department later confirmed that the shooter died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Allen Police Chief Brian Harvey praised the quick response of his officers and the cooperation of the public during the investigation. “Our officers acted quickly and professionally to secure the scene and ensure the safety of everyone involved. We also want to thank the public for their assistance in providing us with information that helped us identify the shooter,” Harvey said.
The shooting at the Allen Outlet mall left the community in shock and disbelief. Many people took to social media to express their condolences and support for the victims and their families. The City of Allen also issued a statement expressing their sympathy and support for those affected by the tragedy.
Several local organizations and businesses also came together to provide support for the victims and their families. A local church held a prayer vigil for the victims, and several businesses donated money to help cover the victims’ funeral expenses.
The Allen Outlet mall shooting was a tragic event that left a lasting impact on the community. The first-hand accounts of eyewitnesses provide a glimpse into the chaos and fear that ensued on that fateful day. The quick response of the police department and the outpouring of support from the community demonstrate the resilience and strength of the people of Allen in the face of tragedy.
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