ALLEN, Texas — Eight people were killed in a mass shooting at the Allen Premium Outlets mall in Allen, Texas, on Saturday, May 6.
Several others were injured and were being treated at hospitals. Medical City Healthcare on Friday said it was treating five patients at two hospitals from the Allen Premium Outlets shooting, with the patients showing "continued improvement," according to the hospital's statement.
Here are those patient condition updates, as of Thursday:
- Medical City McKinney: three patients in fair condition, one patient in good condition
- Medical City Plano: one patient in good condition
The victim at Medical City Children’s Hospital (who was in good condition) was no longer listed on Thursday.
The suspected gunman, identified as Mauricio Garcia, was fatally shot by an officer at the scene, according to police.
Five of the eight victims who died were identified by the Texas Department of Public Safety. The other three, who were children, were identified by family and a school district.
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One of the victims in the Allen shooting was 20-year-old Christian LaCour, who was working as a security guard at the time of the shooting.
The family said he lived in the Collin County city of Farmersville, which is located to the east of Allen.
LaCour's mother said on Facebook that she and the family are "broken."
"He's [my] baby, my light, my peace and he's gone," Tracye Norris LaCour said. "At this time there is nothing we need except prayers and time to mourn together as a family."
In a news conference on Tuesday, Allen Police Chief Brian Harvey said LaCour helped a shopper escape the shooting before he was shot.
Farmersville ISD offered its condolences to LaCour's family.
"Christian was known as a genuinely kind person. He was a dedicated student who enjoyed learning and asking thought-provoking questions. Christian was a wonderful friend and a good student who fellow students and FISD staff members loved," the district said in a statement on Facebook.
Aishwarya Thatikonda was first identified by a family representative on Sunday, May 7.
She was an engineer who lived in McKinney, while her family resides in India.
Ashok Kolla, a family representative, said she was with a friend at the outlet mall when the shooting occurred. Her friend was injured in the shooting and is currently stable in the hospital.
“Everyone is in shock. It’s a big shock," Kolla said. “We were all hoping that we were going to have some hope that we would find her alive.”
According to the representative, the family plans to have her body sent to India.
Daniela and Sofia Mendoza
The Wylie Independent School District emailed their community on Monday to share that two elementary school students died in the shooting.
The district identified the two sisters as 4th-grader Daniela Mendoza and 2nd-grader Sofia Mendoza. The girls' mother, Ilda, is in critical condition, according to Wylie ISD.
Cox Elementary School principal Krista Wilson said the sisters were "rays of sunshine," according to the district's email.
“It’s trauma and tragedy that I just simply can’t understand," Wylie ISD Superintendent David Vinson told WFAA. “The only thing that’s going to heal this is time as far as us being a little bit away from it because right now it just hurts.”
Wylie ISD is leaving it to the parents to tell their children about the Mendozas' passing. Their counseling is also offering services and resources for students, staff, and families.
"Daniela and Sofia will not be forgotten," the district said in their email. "Hug your kids, and tell them you love them."
One of Daniela's classmates, Janeth Trevizo, was at a memorial at the Allen mall to pay her respects.
"We have been friends since like pre-K or kindergarten," Trevizo told WFAA. "I miss her so much."
Kyu, Cindy, and James Cho
Friends of the Cho family identified three of them as victims of the mass shooting.
According to a GoFundMe page, Kyu and Cindy brought their sons, 3-year-old James and newly 6-year-old William, to the outlet to swap out some clothes that William received for his birthday.
"Cindy, Kyu and three year old James were amongst those victims that tragically lost their lives and the family is in deep mourning," the page reads. "After being released from the ICU, their six year old son William is the only surviving member of this horrific event."
The GoFundMe page is raising money to help with funeral costs and other expenses.
Prestonwood Christian Academy shared William is a student at the school and in a video said it's providing counseling for students and staff.
“We’re certainly heartbroken over the news of the shooting in Allen, Texas," Dr. Mike Goddard, the school's superintendent, said. “We’re very family oriented and we rely on God during times like this.”
Texas DPS identified 32-year-old Elio Cumana-Rivas as a victim who died.
DPS said Cumana-Rivas was from Dallas.
Gregory Smith Cumana spoke about his brother in a brief statement to WFAA.
(translated from Spanish): "My special little brother, the best thing that God could give us, was the fifth of six siblings, only 32 years old, he went in search of the American dream to help his family, he always smiled, he always lived with a positive word."
The FBI Dallas office tweeted out The Family Assistance Center for victims directly impacted by the Allen Premium Outlet shooting, located at the Allen Senior Center on 451 St. Mary Drive, was open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.