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Dallas bishop reacts to mass shooting at mall with ‘heavy heart’

Police respond to a shooting in the Dallas area's Allen Premium Outlets May 6, 2023, in a still image from video. Hours later law enforcement said the shooter, who was killed by police, had left at least eight people dead and injured at least seven others, some seriously. (OSV News photo/ABC affiliate WFAA via Reuters)

DALLAS (OSV News) — Dallas Bishop Edward J. Burns addressed the faithful of the diocese “with a heavy heart” late May 6 after at least eight people, including a child, were killed during a mass shooting that afternoon at an outlet mall in Allen, Texas.

“Like all of you, I am deeply troubled by the shooting in the community of Allen and the senseless disregard for life that has occurred in our community,” Bishop Burns said in a statement. “The Catholic community is in unity and solidarity with the families who have lost loved ones in this tragedy. May God, our Heavenly Father, bring comfort and strength to all affected by this tragic event. We ask God to comfort our community, the victims and their families.”

Authorities said a gunman opened fire at the Allen Premium Outlets, a Dallas-area outlet mall, killing eight and wounding at least another seven people before being killed by a police officer who happened to be at the mall. The Allen Police Department said one of its officers had already responded to the outlet mall on an unrelated call, when they heard gunshots shortly after 3:30 p.m. The department said this officer “engaged the suspect and neutralized the threat.”

Victims range in age from 5 to 61 years old, authorities said.

President Joe Biden said in a May 7 statement that “Eight Americans — including children — were killed yesterday in the latest act of gun violence to devastate our nation.” “Jill and I are praying for their families and for others critically injured, and we are grateful to the first responders who acted quickly and courageously to save lives.”

For the full OSV News story, see your local Catholic news source.

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