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Allen Mall Shooting

“Nothing bad happens here”: Allen residents say shooting has shattered the town’s sense of safety

A mass shooting at this suburb’s community hub — the outlet mall — has punctured the sense of security that drew many to Allen. “That could have been me and my boys,” one local woman said.

People embrace each other as they mourn the eight people who died in the Allen Premium Outlets shooting at a memorial in Allen, TX on May 8, 2023.

Allen resident Leah Wittsche, 30, plays with her two sons in the Allen Public Library in Allen, TX on May 8, 2023. When she heard about the shooting, she said she “didn’t think it could be real” in a place like Allen.

“I don’t know when I will feel safe again”

First: Star Creek, a neighborhood down the street of the Allen Premium Outlets, in Allen, TX on May 8, 2023. Last: Allen residents Rey Olivas and his son Rey play basketball in the parking lot of Cottonwood Creek Church in Allen, TX on May 8, 2023.
People embrace each other as they mourn the eight people who died in the Allen Premium Outlets shooting at a memorial in Allen, TX on May 8, 2023.
Funda Kaynak stands for a portrait in the Allen Public Library in Allen, TX on May 8, 2023.  She moved to Texas from New Jersey with her husband a year ago, but was hesitant to move here because of the state's reputation.

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