Video Shows Start of Texas Mall Massacre

A chilling dashcam video shows the start of Saturday’s Texas mall massacre as the suspect — since identified as 33-year-old Mauricio Garcia — stops his car near an entrance to Allen Premium Outlets, gets out, and starts shooting.

The provenance of the video isn’t clear — it surfaced shortly after the the deadly shooting and spread rapidly over social media — but police confirmed to NBC News that the footage is authentic and said they have reviewed it.

The footage appears to be shot by a rear dashcam as the vehicle with the camera is leaving the parking area. Garcia gets out of his vehicle and immediately opens fire, leaving the driver’s door on his car open.

A black truck pulls out of a parking space, pauses, and hurriedly speeds away. Another car crosses in front of the gunman as he walks toward the mall.

More than 30 shots can be heard before the camera is too far away to record more.

Garcia killed eight people at the mall and wounded seven others before an Allen police officer, at the mall on an unrelated matter, followed the sound of the gunshots and killed the gunman, CrimeOnline reported.

Allen fire officials said seven people were found dead on the scene, including Garcia, and nine were taken to area hospitals, where two succumbed to their wounds.

Officials have not provided information about the victims, but one hospital said it had treated people ranging in age from 5 to 61.

Christian LaCour/family handout

The mother of Christian LaCour, a 20-year-old security guard at the mall, told KDFW that he was one of the victims.

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