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Allen Mall Shooting

“This can’t be happening”: Allen becomes latest U.S. town to grapple with a mass shooting

After mall shooting, residents of the Dallas suburb are experiencing familiar rituals: mourning, anger and despair.

Community members pray during a vigil to mourn the lives of the eight victims of the Allen Premium Outlet mall shooting, at the Cottonwood Creek Church in Allen on May 7, 2023. Hundreds of people attended the vigil to pay their respects, including Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov Dan Patrick and state Rep. Jeff Leach, R-Plano.

Plano police and Collin County police vehicles line the road outside the Cottonwood Creek Church during a vigil to mourn the lives of the eight victims of the Allen Premium Outlet mall shooting, in Allen on May 7, 2023. Hundreds of people attended the vigil to pay their respects, including Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov Dan Patrick and state Rep. Jeff Leach, R-Plano.
Briason Foley-Luskin, 15, of Keller, holds a sign with a quote from Steven Spainhouer, a civilian responder to the shooting at the Allen Premium Outlet mall, outside the Cottonwood Creek Church as attendees leave a vigil for the victims in Allen on May 7, 2023. Spainhouer, in an interview with a CBS News correspondent, recalled finding one of the victims and turning her to the side while he felt for a pulse.

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