Autopsy reveals new details in mall mass shooting that killed 8 people

New details have emerged from the autopsy conducted by the Collin County Medical Examiner’s Office, shedding light on the death of the gunman responsible for the tragic shooting at the Allen Premium Outlets mall. The incident, which took place on May 6th, resulted in the loss of eight innocent lives and left several others injured. The shooter was identified as 33-year-old Mauricio Garcia. He was fatally shot by an Allen police officer who happened to be at the mall responding to another call. The autopsy report reveals that Garcia sustained three gunshot wounds, including one to the head, ultimately leading to his demise.

According to the autopsy report, Mauricio Garcia was shot in the head, right ear, and right arm. The fatal wound was the gunshot to his head. The report also indicated that Garcia tested negative for “ethanol or common illicit drugs” in his system. Additionally, it was revealed that Garcia had a history of mental health concerns, leading to his removal from the U.S. Army in 2008. He held extremist right-wing ideologies and harbored strong prejudices against people of color and Jews. This was evidenced by his tattoos, such as the swastika that was tattooed on his left upper chest.

The FBI had been investigating Garcia prior to the shooting due to his background and extremist beliefs. A bulletin sent to law enforcement agencies highlighted Garcia’s social media accounts, which contained numerous racially and ethnically motivated violent extremist rhetoric, including neo-Nazi material and white supremacist ideologies. These findings shed light on the shooter’s motivations and provide crucial context to the tragic event.

The eight victims who lost their lives in the shooting have been identified as Kyu, Cindy, and their 3-year-old son James Cho; sisters Sofia Mendoza, 8, and Daniela Mendoza, 11; Christian LaCour, 20; Aishwarya Thatikonda, 27; and Elio Cumana-Rivas, 32. Their lives were tragically cut short, leaving a community in mourning.

After more than three weeks of closure, the Allen Premium Outlets reopened on May 31st.