A SHOOTING at a mall in Texas has been reported with multiple victims, including children according to the Collin County Sheriff’s Office.
The sheriff’s office also confirmed to local ABC affiliate WFAA that the shooter is dead at the scene.
Police rushed to Allen Premium Outlets after receiving reports of a shooter Saturday at around 3.30pm.
ATF Dallas confirmed to WFAA that it was an “active shooter incident.”
At least nine victims were taken to nearby hospitals, Allen Police confirmed.
The victims’ conditions are unknown at this time.
Police confirmed that there is no longer an active threat and that multiple agencies are assisting with the investigation.
Cops arriving at the scene are equipped with long guns and handguns, the outlet reports.
Witnesses told WFAA that the shooting took place near the Fatburger restaurant within the mall.
They also said the shooter was dressed in all black.
One shopper told Fox 4 News that she was at the mall with her daughter when she “heard all this popping.”
“We saw sparks flying,” she added.
The shopper and her daughter ran into the Converse shoe store and were locked inside to shelter in place.
“We all hunkered down in the back,” she said.
The witness added: “We just moved here so we’re extremely shaken.”
People on social media posted a video of shoppers running from the scene with what sounded like gunshots ringing.
Twitter users have also been reported desperately trying to get in touch with loved ones at the mall.
Governor Greg Abbott released the following statement: “Our hearts are with the people of Allen, Texas tonight during this unspeakable tragedy.”
Allen Premium Outlets is located about 28 miles Northeast of Dallas, Texas.
There are over 115 stores inside the mall.
Allen city officials told residents to “please avoid the area until further update” in a tweet.
Officials are calling it an “active investigation.”
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