Family and officials are releasing the names of the eight Killed in a Texas mall Authorities identified a gunman on Saturday Mauricio Garcia. A police officer who was at Allen’s Mall for an unrelated call Killed the gunmanOfficials said.
According to a message to families from Wylie Independent School District Superintendent David Vinson, two young sisters, Daniela Mendoza and Sophia Mendoza, died in the rampage at the Allen Premium Outlets mall. Daniela Mendoza was in fourth grade and Sophia Mendoza was in second grade at Sachse Cox Elementary, Vinson said.
Principal Krista Wilson described the girls as “rays of sunshine,” according to Vinson. Their mother, one of the seven shot, was seriously injured, the superintendent said.
John Jun, co-founder of the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the Korean American Coalition, confirmed to CBS News that a 3-year-old boy, James Cho, and his parents, Cindy and Kyo, were also killed. The couple’s elder son survived the shooting.
Christian Lacour, 20, was among the dead, his father confirmed to CBS News. Lacour was working as a security guard at the mall on Saturday.
Aishwarya Thatikonda, 27, was also a family representative among the victims CBS confirmed Texas. He was working in a general contracting business based in Frisco from India.
“Our community has just been hit, and it hurts,” Allen Mayor-elect Bain Brooks said during a vigil Sunday.
Saturday’s rampage came a week after five people, including a 9-year-old boy, were shot and killed in Cleveland, Texas. According to authorities, Francisco Oropeza A neighbor opened fire after being told to stop firing his gun late at night while a child was trying to sleep.