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Police identify Texas shooter as 33-year-old man

Garcia was shot and killed by police.

The man who killed eight people in a shooting at a Texas mall has been identified by police.

The shooter was 33-year-old Mauricio Garcia following a police search at a nearby hotel where Garcia was staying, as well as a home in the city.

The shooting that took place left eight people dead, including children, and was the second mass shooting in Texas this week.

Garcia was shot by a police officer who had been responding to a different call and died on the scene.

Federal agents have reviewed social media accounts that they believed Garcia used which expressed interest in white supremacist and Neo-Nazi views.

In an interview on Fox News, Texas Governor Greg Abbot, a Republican, referred to the shooting as “devastating” and said that dealing with gun violence comes with addressing mental health.

“There has been a dramatic increase in the amount of anger and violence that’s taking place in America,” Abbot said.

“We are working to address that anger and violence by going to its root cause, which is addressing the mental health problems behind it.”

On the other hand, US President Joe Biden came forward, demanding action be taken about gun control.

“Once again I ask Congress to send me a bill banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Enacting universal background checks. Requiring safe storage. Ending immunity for gun manufacturers.” Biden said in a statement.

“I will sign it immediately. We need nothing less to keep our streets safe.”

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